The Seymour boys soccer team suffered a 3-1 loss at home to Floyd Central on Tuesday night.
The Highlanders first scored with 29:25 left in the first half after Dakota Hart sent in a corner kick that Bryce Johnson scored.
With about 18 minutes left in the first half, the Owls had their best chance at goal. Emilio Garcia outhustled a Floyd defender for the ball, and he sent in a cross to Martin Sebastian, who was all alone one-on-one with the keeper. But Sebastian couldn’t get clean control of the ball, and the Owls couldn’t capitalize.
“There’s a striker’s mentality that we need,” head coach Matt Dennis. “He’s got to make sure that he’s attacking that ball when he’s running in toward the net. I think he wanted to make sure he got an extra touch to gather it, and if you do that, you run out of time against a fast team.”
The Highlanders added two more goals in the second half. With 27:30 left, Oliver Tyson sent in a cross that went off of a Seymour defender and into the goal, and with 11:35 left, Drew Werner scored for Floyd.
“We defended a whole lot more than I wanted to,” Dennis said. “We were slow to pressure appropriately.”
Seymour scored its lone goal with 18.1 seconds left in the game as Myles Chandler hit a header in the back of the net off of a cross from Jaret Dominguez.
“I was proud the boys pulled one back there at the end,” Dennis said. “That came from good possession, wide play and penetration, stuff we know that we can do.”
Floyd outshot Seymour 12-3 on the night. Owls’ keeper Will Smith had six saves, and Lance Hubbard had two saves.
“He’s pretty good at shot-stopping,” Dennis said of Smith. “I think he was hung out to dry three times or more tonight where the play broke down in front of him. We need work for Will like he works for us.”
Junior varsity drew with Floyd Central 0-0 before the varsity match.
Seymour is now 4-6-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Hoosier Hills Conference. The Owls will be back home Thursday for senior night against Madison at 7 p.m.
“We need to make sure we come out here and possess the ball,” Dennis said. “When you get the ball, you have to value it. When we come out against Madison, we have to possess the ball, we have to work. It’ll be an emotional night because it’s senior night, but we’re going to have to play within ourselves and possess.”