The Seymour boys soccer team found itself trailing by a goal after halftime but was rewarded with three goals in the second to claim a 3-1 win in Tuesday night’s Hoosier Hills Conference game at Columbus East.
“We had a lot of possession, and we were comfortable with where we were,” Seymour coach Matt Dennis said. “Most of our issue was execution, and in the second half we took a lot of shots. We concentrated on getting the final ball in, and that helped.”
The Olympians’ goal came on the 24th minute when Antony Espinoza booted it across to an open Ricky Johnson, who put it in for the 1-0 lead.
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“The middle 40 minutes of the game, we played our style of soccer,” East coach Brad Barber said. “We really imposed our brand. We generated a lot of scoring opportunities but were not able to put it in the back of the net. Momentum shifted to Seymour in the second half, and they did a lot better of finishing their opportunities.”
The Owls tied the game in the 57th minute, when Cole Fosbrink shot from way outside the box but a miscommunication by Scott Hammond, and Olympians goalkeeper Andy Davidson had the ball slowly go past both of them and in the net.
Seymour picked up two more goals in a span of two minutes. In the 72nd, Brayan Morales hit a header in for the lead. In the 74th, Zach Moore booted a strong kick just inside midfield, and the trajectory was just high enough that Davidson was unable to come up with it.
A couple of other huge scoring chances came early on for the Owls. In the 17th minute, Mason Pottschmidt kicked the ball but landed it in the hands of Davidson. In the 19th minute, they had a huge opportunity but failed to convert on a header that went just wide to the right.
East had some scoring chances in the second half. Justin Copas kicked a floater that just went over the crossbar. Copas also had a free kick outside of the goal box, but a great save by Seymour keeper Elliott Clark.
Seymour finished with 13 shots, with six shots on goal. The Olympians had nine shots with four on goal.