Owls’ season ends in loss to No. 5 Columbus East



After the sectional draw was released, Seymour boys soccer coach Matt Dennis said his players were looking forward to a rematch with Class 3A No. 5 Columbus East.

However so were the Olympians, who dealt with the feisty Seymour defense early, kept plugging away at the goal and eventually broke through for a 3-0 win over the Owls. 

Much of the game was spent on the Seymour side of the pitch as the Olympians batted the ball around and through the Owls’ defense. 

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Multiple chances were taken by Columbus East with most going wide or into the hands of freshman keeper William Smith.

Smith was especially aggressive on Tuesday night, coming out of his comfort zone to punch away dangerous East balls. 

An early sequence showed that luck might be on the Owls’ side after Smith and company swatted away three Olympian chances in the span of 15 seconds.

Seymour’s luck finally ran out in the 16th minute after East connected with a header for their first goal of the night.

It was the result of a good corner kick from East after a poor Owl clearance gave them yet another shot at a goal. 

The Olympians didn’t let up, but the Owls wouldn’t surrender another goal for the rest of the first half.

Desperation for an equalizer set in early for the Owls and it allowed them to press forward and make the East defense work for a change. 

The tides washing Seymour’s way ended fairly quickly in the second half after East doubled their lead in the sixth minute and ended the Owls’ chances of advancing just 50 seconds later. 

Led by sophomore Donovyn Thomas, the Owls kept up the attack despite being down an almost insurmountable margin. 

Unfortunately Thomas’ best chance, a potential header in the final 15 minutes, drifted harmlessly wide of the net. 

Though the season has been a lot tougher than those in the past, the Owls will lose a tremendous senior class.

Players like Simon Akers, Austin Clemente, Alex Westfall, Jacob Kriete, Cameron Connell, Owen Chandler and Josiah Blackerby will all be tough to replace for the Owls next year. 

Still, there will be plenty of positives to build on next year with several key players returning, especially in net and in the midfield.

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