Seymour’s girls soccer team put on an offensive showcase in their home opener against Scottsburg on new turf.
The Owls shelled out 38 shots as they routed the Warriors 8-0 on Thursday.
In the first half, the Owls got on the board first with a goal from senior Marie Lenart with 34:42 to play.
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Seymour senior Katie O’Mara then hit a cross from Lenart from 10 yards at the 18:22 mark.
Lenart scored again before intermission to put the Owls up 3-0 with 16 minutes left in the half.
At halftime, the Owls had 17 shots on goal to the Warriors’ one.
“I thought we were a little sluggish to start the game the first 15-20 minutes,” Owls coach Greg Musser said. “After halftime, we just told them to relax and have fun. I think you saw that the second half. It was good to get that monkey off our back. We lost two heartbreaking games on set pieces. The girls needed this game and the confidence boost.”
Freshman Aidan Hiester hit a shot out of the air off a rebound to put Seymour up 4-0 with 38:17 to play.
With 31:02 left, senior Kayla Griffin bombed a free kick to the top left corner from 40 yards on the right side of the field for a goal.
O’Mara scored her second goal on the night off a Lenart pass at 30:24.
Seymour put most of their junior varsity players in the game in the final 28 minutes.
Owls freshman Mckayla Bailey hit a shot from almost 45 yards in the center of the field above Warriors keeper Heaven Beswick at 8:40 to put the home team up 7-0.
The final goal went to Owls sophomore Haley Carpenter, who banked-in a shot off the far post from 18 yards on the right side of the box with 5:43 remaining.
“You can see what our future is,” Musser said. “A lot of those girls in there were freshmen. This is what we’ve been waiting for — this group of girls who have been playing travel together for seven years. We’ve challenged this junior varsity group to going undefeated. They didn’t disappoint. They brought the energy up for us in the first half.”
Lenart totaled three assists while Griffin, Bailey Lykins and Elizabeth Hartman each recorded one.
Rachel Collett collected three saves and Hiester recorded one for the Owls.
Musser said the back line did a nice job of keeping the Owls keepers unoccupied.
“Last year really helped that group grow,” he said. “It’s going to be tough cracking our defense. We’ve given up five goals this year and only one of them wasn’t off a set piece. That says something about our back line and how they’re able to stay position-ally sound.”
Scottsburg finished with four shots on the evening and Beswick had 19 saves in net.
The Owls (1-2) will host Hoosier Hills Conference foe Jeffersonville on Tuesday.