The hopes of the Seymour boys’ soccer team going unbeaten on the new home turf this season came to an end Saturday when Franklin Community scored a 3-0 victory.
The Owls are 1-1 at home and have five home matches remaining this fall.
The Owls did not play up to the level that coach Matt Dennis was expecting.
“We just didn’t play with heart in the first half,” Dennis said. “We let them dictate play. We didn’t win the 50-50 balls. Then when we did have possession, we weren’t sharp to keep possession.”
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Seymour’s Daniel Hartman attempted free kick at 24:45 of the first half, but the ball sailed wide as the score remained 0-0.
Owen Mahin scored off a corner to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead at 9:27 of the first half.
The Owls attempted five shots in the first half to four for Franklin. The Owls had three corner plays in the opening half to three for the Cubs.
Garrett Snyder scored with 38:07 remaining to double Franklin’s lead, and Owen Atkison added a goal with 19:06 remaining.
“Their third goal was on the coaching staff,” Dennis said. “We made some adjustments and tried to score and come back and left a hole in the back and got burned on it.”
Seymour had some excellent scoring opportunities in the second half.
With 29:30 on the clock, Brantley Adams had a free kick that the goalie knocked away. Cole Fosbrink attempted a shot off the rebound from in front of the goal, but the ball sailed over the net.
A shot by Cole Galyen was stopped by the Franklin keeper inches from crossing the line with 4:20 remaining.
Seymour attempted 14 shots, and the Cubs tried 11.
Seymour had a 10-4 advantage in corners.
Owls goalie Elliott Clark had four saves.
“I thought our focus was a little bit lax and we took some poor touches,” Dennis said. “We didn’t test the goal keeper. They were comfortable saves all day long. The ones we did hit strongly, we put off frame, and the ones on frame weren’t hard enough and placed well enough to test him and get in the back of the net.
“We’ve got to play 80 minutes every time. We’re 5-1 now, but I don’t think we’ve had an 80-minute game yet. I don’t think we’ve played an entire 80 minutes where we can walk off the field saying we dominated and played well the entire time.”
The Owls will play at New Albany on Thursday night.