Owls blitz BNL



After spending much of Tuesday’s game against Floyd Central on the back foot, the Seymour girls soccer team came ready to score on Thursday.

Battling the Bedford North Lawrence Stars, the Owls wasted no time putting a goal on the board, needing just 15 seconds for Lillie Wessel to put one into the back of the Stars’ goal.

It served as an ominous sign for the Stars as the Owls went on to drub their Hoosier Hills Conference rivals 6-1 to net their second league win of the year. 

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Seymour coach Greg Musser was especially pleased with the way his girls started the game.

"It’s one of those things we talk about each game," Musser said. "We need to start fast and we can’t try to ease our way into games. It’s tough to turn around, a day-and-a-half later and keep those energy levels up.

"So, yeah, I was pleased with the start we had."

Wessel earned a first-half brace nearly 20 minutes later, striking the ball so hard the Stars’ keeper was unable to control it and let it trickle past the goal line. In between those Wessel scores, senior Mia Schrader had a similar goal when she rifled the ball at the keeper, who couldn’t come up with the save. The ball bounced around in the box before Schrader was able to toe poke it into the back of the net.

Alyssa Perry capped off the first-half scoring with a goal just three minutes after Wessel’s second. 

Still, the Stars didn’t go away without a fight. 

In the final minute of the first half, the Stars stole a cheap one as Stars’ senior Jennifer Ramirez fought past multiple Owl defenders and crossed the ball from right to left for their lone goal.

Amidst all of the good things in the first half, Musser wasn’t too happy with Star goal to end the half.

"It was kind of mental lapse there and we relaxed a little bit," Musser explained. "We thought, up 4-0, they were going to stop playing … and we conceded a goal that we should not have conceded."

Bailey Lykins picked up right where the Owl offense left off in the second half with a great strike just four minutes into the second half. She settled the ball after a solid cross from Perry to push the Owl lead back to four.

Even though they were leading comfortably, the Owls’ attack didn’t relent and that’s something Musser was pleased to see from his varsity players before they were subbed off.

"They responded well to some challenges we gave them at halftime," Musser said. "Our starters took it to them to start the second half and then our second unit came in and picked up right where they left off.

"I thought it was decent start-to-finish effort."

Ellie Cornn capped the Owls scoring in the final 16 minutes of the game. Sneaking one past the BNL keeper after it bounced out of the box and onto her foot. 

Seymour out-shot BNL 19-3 for the game. 

The Owls are back on the road on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against the East Central Trojans. 

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