Owls drop season opener 1-0

The Seymour girls soccer team opened its season against Batesville on Saturday.

Weather delayed the start of the contest, but the game would be played with the Bulldogs emerging victorious 1-0.

The lone score came in the first half from Elena Kuisel.

The Owls had their opportunities but just couldn’t convert, resulting in the loss.

Seymour head coach Greg Musser spoke about the result of the game.

“I thought we showed a lot of heart today,” Musser said. “It’s never easy playing a good team to start the season. We have a team with some inexperience when it comes to varsity minutes. I thought the girls battled it out and stepped up out there, and I was proud to see that.”

The coach was pleased with the effort of the players in the first game.

“We have some things to work on,” Musser said. “This game is always a measuring stick of where we are. I am happy with the first effort of the season. We need to work on being a little more creative in the middle of the field. When we changed up some of our attacking ideas in the second half, I thought we started to control the game.”

Seymour’s goalie, Elizabeth Trueblood, was working constantly during the match, locking down the Owls’ goal all match. The senior racked up 11 saves in the game. Every time Seymour had momentum, the Bulldogs would take it away.

The Owls will get a chance to move in the right direction today.

The girls will host Salem tonight to try and grab their first win. Musser is looking forward to the opportunity.

“The good news is we play right away,” he said. “I expect we will try to be the possession team and work to run them around our large field. When we do that, we can be a good team, so that’s what I am looking for. We need lots of possession and creativity in the attacking third of the field.”

Musser expects conditioning will come with continuing to play games.

“Conditioning is a big part of the game for us,” he said. “We have players we need on the field for 80 minutes, and we weren’t quite there today. That will come, so I’m not worried about that. I also think Batesville completed more passes than us, which helped tire us out. We need to do a better job of processing in the future.”

The same score took place in the junior varsity game with Batesville winning the match 1-0.

Avery Weberding scored the lone goal in the game for the Bulldogs.