Chandler, Smith share MVP honors as SHS boys soccer holds banquet

The Seymour boys soccer team got together one more time this fall to celebrate the 2022 season in which the Owls advanced to the sectional championship game.

After losing a group of talented seniors, there were a number of questions heading in the year, but the Owls were able to come together and have a strong campaign.

Seymour went down the final stretch of the season with three-straight shutout victories, including a 3-0 win over Bedford North Lawrence in the semifinals of sectionals to advance to the title game.

It was Seymour’s first sectional win since 2017 and the team’s first finals berth since 2015. Seymour fell to Floyd Central in the title game 3-0 and finished the season with an overall record of 7-8-1.

The first awards handed out during the awards banquet last week were the junior varsity awards.

JV most improved went to David Bartolome, and the JV most valuable player was awarded to Kayden Cox.

For varsity, Jake Loebker earned the most improved distinction, and Lance Hubbard won the coaches award.

The varsity defenders of the year were Brody Unterseher and goalkeeper Will Smith. The varsity midfielder of the year was Sam Chandler, and the varsity attacker of the year went to David Polbito.

There were two most valuable players for the Owls’ varsity team, and that went to seniors Chandler and Smith.

On top of just the team awards that head coach Matt Dennis handed out, this Seymour roster was riddled with all-conference, all-district and all-state players as well.

Earning first team in the Hoosier Hills Conference were Chandler, Smith and Unterseher. HHC honorable mention went to Jaret Dominguez, Loebker and Polbito.

The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association selected All-District teams, and Smith was selected to the first team while Chandler earned a spot on the second team. Smith, Seymour’s rock in the net, was also second team All-State. The Top Team Player from the ISCA was Unterseher.

Finally, six Owls earned academic all-state, which is something every coach loves to get out. It shows that they don’t only excel on the field but also off the field. Those six players were Chandler, Dominguez, Cooper Murphy, Smith, Unterseher and Alexis Villegas.

Seymour will graduate seven seniors from the 2022 roster. Those Owls are Chandler, Emilio Garcia, Sotaro Miyagawa, Amir Morales, Smith, Villegas and Unterseher.

The Owls are losing a lot of contributors but will rely on its younger players with experience to help build off the momentum from this past season.

Dennis and Seymour girls coach Greg Musser are also encouraging anyone who is interested in playing spring travel soccer to sign up by December.