Going into the soccer season, Seymour boys coach Matt Dennis was concerned about who was going to provide offense for the Owls.
After the Owls lost 2-0 at home to Jasper on Saturday afternoon, Dennis is still concerned.
“It’s tough to get a read on what we can do offensively because we were extremely passive in the game,” he said. “We let them dictate play. They were first to the ball. They won the 50-50 balls. They were by far the aggressor. When that happens, it’s tough to get a foot on the ball to find our possessions to get the wings activated and get forward like we want. I still don’t know what our offense is going to look like.”
Dennis said he challenged the boys after the match to find their heart for Tuesday night’s game at East Central.
“Then we’ll probably have something we can look at on film,” he said.
The ball stayed on Jasper’s end of the field in the opening minutes, and the Wildcats had three corner kicks before the Owls attempted their first corner kick.
Jasper had six shots to two for the Owls in the first half, although neither team scored.
In the final minute of the first half, the visitors had one shot that sailed over the net and another attempt that hit a side post and bounced away.
The Wildcats finally scored when Mason Schue scored at the 32:54 mark of the second half.
The score stayed that way until another Wildcat sent the ball toward the goal, but Owls keeper Will Smith leaped and got his hand on the ball but was unable to hang onto it.
The ball rolled toward Jayden Broeglin, who put it in the net with 5:22 remaining.
“We gave up two goals. One was a free kick with the ball bouncing around in the box. There was not much you could do about that. It was a little bit unlucky,” Dennis said. “The second ball was a fantastic save by Will. We just didn’t track the runner on the weak side.”
Dennis said he felt like the Owls did a good job at midfield.
“By and large, our midfield was fine. Our defense was fine. There were a couple of moments that lacked here or there. I started two sophomores. I played four sophomores. I think we only started four varsity guys from last year,” Dennis said. “So there is going to be growing pains. I was pleased with our positions at times. I was not pleased with a lack of aggression, a lack of heart, which has to be better.”
The Wildcats finished with 17 shots to six for the Owls. Smith was credited with five saves, and the Jasper goalie had two saves.
Seymour won the JV match 2-1.
Brandon Martinez and Evan Unterseher scored goals for the Owls, and Juan Fernandez had an assist on the Martinez goal.
The Owls had seven shots to 10 for Jasper. Jonathan Scott had three saves, and Lance Hubbard had two.