For The Tribune

Emilie Hill scored three goals in a 15-minute span in the middle of the first half to help the Franklin Community girls’ soccer team earn a 5-1 win against Seymour on Saturday afternoon.

Hill, a freshman, tallied her first score at 28:44 in the first half and another at 13:25 to set the score at 3-0.

She then scored another goal and had an assist in the second half.

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Seymour assistant coach Bob Hartman said Hill is the real deal.

“She’s quite a player,” he said. “She’s got the whole repertoire, really. She’s got a big leg, and she’s got ball skill, so not only is she able to get at the net, but she can shoot from distance.”

Seymour’s Marie Lenart received the ball at midfield, dribbled the ball from inside the box and booted it past the Franklin goalie at 6:41 to make the score 3-1 at the half.

“Marie did a fabulous job on her goal,” Hartman said. “What impresses me a lot about Marie is that she is coming into her own as far as understanding that she can’t just kick the ball hard. She’s using foot skilland she all most had two or three other goals based upon that.

“A lot of the girls are understanding where they need to be on the field in playing the feet. The score didn’t dictate what was in the game. I thought the game was a lot closer than 5-1.

The Owls finished with nine shots on goal.

“It was 3-1 at the half, but for the most part I think we dominated the possessions,” Hartman said. “We actually had a majority of the possessions. They just had better opportunities. They made great runs onthe backside with their forwards. We were a little stagnant up top.

“Outside of not taking on the backside run from the forward, we played really well. We played them straight up.”

Hartman said that his team can learn from the game, and Franklin will be a tough team to beat in the postseason.

“We’ll take some positives away from this game,” Hartman said. “That was a very good team. They’re 10-4. They’re beat some quality teams. They’re going to give Center Grove a run for their money.”

The Owls are 4-7-3 heading to Madison tonight for a Hoosier Hills Conference match.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.