Seymour girls soccer dominates Greensburg 10-0 behind pair of hat tricks


Mia Schrader and Lillie Wessel came up with hat tricks to spark the Seymour girls soccer team to a 10-0 win over Greensburg on Tuesday afternoon at the SHS soccer facility.

It took the Owls nearly eight minutes to get their offense going, but once Schrader put the first goal in the net, there was no stopping them.

Owls coach Greg Musser said he was pleased to have the easy win as the goals came from six different girls, and five players combined for six assists.

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“We had a tough little stretch there playing five games in five days and took some bumps and nicks and bruises. We’re down a few goalies and down some field players,” he said. “It’s been a battle here, so it was good to get a lot of girls in there and get some minutes and have them be able to preserve that shutout and play hard.

“That’s the kind of team I thought we were going to be this year. We really don’t have to depend on one person to do it all. We’ve got a lot of talented girls when their heads are on right.”

The Owls dominated the ball, keeping it on their side of the midfield stripe nearly all night by outshooting the Pirates 29-0. The only time Owl goalie Hope Cockerham touched the ball was when she fielded a free ball with seven minutes left in the first half.

Kylee Nowling had the ball to the right of the goal when she passed to Schrader in front of the net, who easily beat the Greensburg goalie for a 1-0 score at 32:05.

A penalty kick by Mallory Moore gave the Owls a 2-0 lead at 21:58.

Prior to that score, Wessel couldn’t get the ball to bounce her way as she had one shot stopped by the Greensburg goalie, had one shot sail over the net and had another attack hit the crossbar before she scored at 18:49 for a 3-0 lead.

Schrader, Nowling and Wessel scored goals in the final 13 minutes of the half for a 6-0 score at intermission. The Owls had 18 shots in the first half to none for the visitors.

Wessel became the first Owls to reach the hat trick with a goal at 35:18, and Schrader followed with her third goal at 28:46.

Eliza Cash celebrated her birthday with a goal at 18:45, and Belen Garcia completed the scoring at the 15:51 mark.

Schrader added two assists to her goals, while Elizabeth Lenart, Nowling, Kash and Paxton Heyne also had assists.

“We saw some good things today, some things we’ve been harping on that we haven’t been doing for the year,” Musser said. “It was good work by them up top. They responded well to some challenges we gave them, and we got some goals there tonight.

“That’s a team that I know we can beat. We like to be a possession-based team, and I thought we were a little too quick to go forward tonight. When we’re playing right, we can control the ball and hopefully keep the other team chasing and getting tired.”

The Owls (5-2-1, 1-0 HHC) will host New Albany for a conference match Thursday, and Musser said the Owls will need to be sharp from the opening possession.

“New Albany is going to be a tough test,” he said. “They’re a very solid team. They’re going to come at us with speed, so we’re going to have to respond with a little higher energy. We’ve played a large amount of games in a short amount of time, and we had some heavy legs, but we need to get over that and press forward, and we’re going to need to pick up the energy a little bit.”

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