Owls draw with Olympians
For the second-straight match, the Seymour girls soccer team has battled to a 0-0 draw.
Thursday night was a home match against conference foe Columbus East, and both teams had opportunities to score but could never capitalize.
In the scoreless first half, East applied pressure multiple times on Seymour, but the Owls answered the challenge in the defensive third every time. The Olympians had three first-half shots to the Owls’ one.
“We’ll concede some shots, but we don’t want to concede any that are at the top of the box,” head coach Greg Musser said. “We set our (defensive) line a little higher today.”
The second half was a different story.
The Owls were the more aggressive team, and Rachel Lenart had some good runs down the field that had the Olympians on the back pedal.
“One of the coaching points today was simply heart. Show me some heart today,” Musser said. “I thought the first 40 minutes, Columbus East had the better run of play. But for the majority of the second half, we were the more aggressive team. We were getting to the ball quicker and finding some opportunities.”
It was senior night for Seymour as well on Thursday. Chloe Auleman, Maddy Busby, Nicole Rebber, Maely Schrader, Kate Connell, Delaney Delgadillo, Jessica Hougland and Brooke Trinkle were all honored before the match. Hougland recorded her ninth shutout this season in goal.
Over the previous two seasons, the Owls had graduated 25 players, so Musser has been impressed by this group of seniors’ abilities to lead the team to a 9-4-3 overall record and 4-1-1 Hoosier Hills Conference record.
“They’ve been around, they know what the expectation is,” Musser said. “It’s lead by example kids. They are going to grind in practice, and I think our younger kids have really responded to what the seniors have showed them. Really proud of the way our seniors have set the example.”
With that 4-1-1 record, the Owls finished third in the HHC behind Columbus East (4-0-2) and Floyd Central (5-0-1).
Next up is sectionals for the Owls, who will take on New Albany at the Bulldogs’ field on Tuesday. Seymour beat New Albany 4-2 earlier this season.
“We’ll try to figure out what they might do differently against us,” Musser said. “It’s just executing some tactical things. Now, it’s just getting mentally set and getting ready for the task at hand.”
East won the JV match 3-0 on Thursday.
Owls top Stars in HHC soccer
Seymour’s boys soccer team closed out its Hoosier Hills Conference schedule Thursday night with a 1-0 win at Bedford North Lawrence.
Miles Chandler scored for the Owls and Logan Westfall had the assist.
Goalie Will Smith had six saves.
The Owls finished third in the HHC at 3-2-1.
The junior varsity match ended in a 0-0 tie.
Saturday’s scheduled home match against Franklin has been cancelled, so the Owls take a record of 6-7-1 into Wednesday’s 7 p.m. match against the Stars in the Seymour Sectional.
Tigers post seventh win
Crothersville defeated Columbus Christian 19-25, 25-18 , 25-11 , 25-13 Thursday night in the Tigers’ Den.
The Tigers were 82-92 with 25 aces with Carlee Walker 33-35-17 and Elayna Ord 12-15-3.
The Tigers were 69-81 in attacks with 12 kills. Pearl Shirley was 20-25-5 and Zoey Prince was 14-16-2.
Walker had 14 digs and Makenna Newberry had 7 assists.
The Tigers are 7-17 and will play at Shawe Memorial (Madison) tonight at 6 p.m., then will compete in a tournament at Rising Sun Saturday starting at 10.
Cougars fall to Pioneers
The Trinity Lutheran volleyball team suffered a 25-13, 25-20, 25-20 loss at Providence on Thursday night.
Bailey Tabeling led the Cougars with 21 kills and Carson Bowling had eight. Addison Darlage had three aces while Bowling and Jordan Brewer each had one.
Laura Roeder had 17 digs, Darlage had eight and Drew Hubbard had three. Darlage had 28 assists as well.
The Cougars (17-7) will host Floyd Central Monday night, making it Trinity’s third-straight ranked opponent as Providence is ranked No. 5, Floyd Central No. 9 and Greensburg No. 32 in the coaches’ poll.