Seymour boys soccer closes season with banquet

The 2018 Seymour High School boys soccer team closed its season Tuesday with a banquet in the school’s cafeteria.

The Owls’ varsity went 12-4 this fall, including 7-0 in Hoosier Hills Conference play. It was the first time the Owls went undefeated in conference competition and was the program’s seventh HHC title since 1990.

Seymour scored a school-record 72 goals in the season and also set a record for goals in a game with 14 against both Brown County and Shawe Memorial.

The Owls had 11 seniors on the team, a group that finished with 48 varsity wins. It is the second-most wins for a senior group in school history.

Head coach Matt Dennis also made some history, becoming the all-time leader in coaching wins at SHS. Dennis, who just completed his eighth season, currently boasts 79 wins. The former record (67 wins) was held by Shaun Mahoney.

Dennis said among all of the awards given out on the night, the ones involving academics mattered most.

The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association’s All-Academic State Team award went to 13 Seymour players: Simon Akers, Evan Baurle, Caden Cardinal, Ammon Christensen, Austin Clemente, Cameron Connell, Patrick DeBoor, Cole Fosbrink, Daniel Hartman, Payton Reasoner, Blaine Spivey, Keegan Sunbury and Brayden Trinkle.

Reasoner also received the ISCA Top Team Player award.

Hartman made the All-District team and will represent the Owls at the All-District Games in November. Dennis will be one of the assistant coaches at the games, and Hartman will be eligible for All-State voting Nov. 17.

The Owls were well-represented in the conference.

Baurle, Fosbrink, Hartman and Reasoner all made the first team while Cardinal, Tyler Penegar, Spivey and Alex Westfall received honorable mention status.

Cardinal was the most improved, and Trinkle received the coaches’ award.

Baurle was both the midfielder of the year and defender of the year, and Hartman was the attacker of the year and the team’s MVP.

Hartman also set the school record for goals in a career this fall and was presented the record-breaking ball in a glass case. Hartman finished his career with 66 goals.

The junior varsity, coached by Talmadge Reasoner, went 9-2-3 on its season. The JV also didn’t lose a conference game, going 5-0-2.

Alex Calvo was the JV most improved, and Cameron Cox was named JV MVP.