Floyd Central’s Daniel Florez scored a goal with 4:46 remaining in the match to give the Highlanders a 1-0 win against Seymour in a Hoosier Hills Conference showdown at home Tuesday night.

“We played well gave up goal at the end on a counter attack,” Owls coach Matt Dennis said. “We did everything we needed to do to win, we just couldn’t put one in the back of the net. The boys worked hard. We’ll look at the film and we’ll learn from this. We’ll remember this in October. We’ll remember how to finish and how to win.”

The Owls, who dropped to 4-1 in the HHC, had excellent chances to score off two corner kicks in the second half.

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Ethan Greene had a free kick at the 26-minute mark. The ball was knocked out of bounds setting up a corner with the ball going past the goal, and Evan Baurle followed with another shot that was knocked away.

Daniel Hartman had a shot on goal at 9:40 with the ball being knocked out of bounds, resulting in a corner, and the Owls had another follow up from close range but were unable to score.

The first half was a defensive battle with the Highlanders attempting five shots and the Owls three. Two of the Highlanders’ shots in the first half sailed high over the net.

The Owls finished with 10 shots and the Highlanders had 9.

Seymour goalie Elliott Clark had 5 saves.

Each goalie, Clark and Floyd Central’s Nic Vellinger touched the ball once in the opening five minutes.

The Highlanders had two corner kicks in the first half.

Seymour’s first shot on goal came with 21:30 left in the first half.

Baurle attempted a shot from the left side with 7:50 remaining that was stopped by Vellinger, while Cole Fosbrink had an attempt at 5:40.

The Owls (7-1) will host Madison Thursday night, and have HHC matches remaining at Jennings County Tuesday at Bedford North Lawrence Sept. 29.

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