Up 6-0 with 25 minutes in the game, the Seymour soccer team maintained a shutout with no seniors on the field following a massive platoon swap.
The Owls poured the goals on Scottsburg with an 8-0 victory at C.B. Hess Memorial Field on Thursday.
Neither team could find the back of the net early, but the Owls controlled the possession about 60-40 against the Warriors.
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At the 15:15 mark, sophomore Brayan Morales finished a cross from senior Cole Luedeman to give the Owls an advantage.
The Owls struck again at 8:51 when freshman Daniel Hartman recorded his first varsity goal by drilling a shot into the back of the net off a pass from senior Korey White.
By the halftime whistle, the Owls lead 2-0.
“I think we walked out there and expected to do what whatever we wanted to win,” Owls coach Matt Dennis said. “The first goal was really the first time we saw some combination play. I emphasized we needed pace. I thought the second half we were very good in that regard.”
White got the start at forward in the second half after a strong showing in the first 40 minutes.
With 38:50 left in the game, White buried a shot to put the Owls up 3-0 thanks to an assist by junior Mason Pottschmidt.
Another White goal came at 31:24 off an unassisted shot giving the Owls a four-goal advantage.
“(White) doesn’t have a ton of pace but he has a lot of skill and knowledge,” Dennis said. “Early on, our possession was breaking down because we didn’t have a good target. So, we put (White) up there because we know we can play the ball and make runs off of him. He did a phenomenal job which is why we started him the second half.”
The Warriors were on the wrong end of an own goal at 28:54.
Owls senior Kyle Jones slotted a shot from a Hartman pass at 25:17 for the sixth goal of the game.
At 24:36 Hartman added a second goal assisted by sophomore Jeffery Klopf and freshman Cole Fosbrink tallied the eighth goal off a pass from sophomore Charlie Galyen.
“We were aggressive in the second half,” Dennis said. “The best part was we were able to get guys in the match who don’t typically play varsity, and it’s a tip of the hat to them. They played against a varsity team and kept them scoreless while adding two goals.”
Moving forward, Dennis said he wants his team to have more direction with their possession.
“I think that sometimes we had possession for the sake of possession,” Dennis said. “We need to work on possession with a purpose. Being able to control the game and have pace was better than its been in the past three games.”
The Owls out-shot the Warriors 29-4 on the day, and sophomore goalie Elliott Clark recorded three saves.
With the win, the Owls move back to .500 at 2-2.