Seymour’s boys soccer team made history Thursday night.
With a 3-0 win at Bedford North Lawrence, the Owls captured the school’s first outright Hoosier Hills Conference title in boys soccer.
Seymour has never held the HHC title to itself, as the Owls tied for the title in 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2009.
The Owls finished 6-1 in the conference.
“Unbelievable. It’s unbelievable,” Owls coach Matt Dennis said of the team’s accomplishment.
“It was a muddy field, but they fought hard,” he said. “We wanted it more than they did. It was great to see that fight out of the guys.”
The Owls led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Daniel Hartman at 29:37. Renato Castillo had the assist.
Just 1½ minutes into the second half, Ethan Greene scored on an assist from Brayan Morales.
Then with 21:53 to go, Tyler Penegar scored with an assist from Castillo.
Seymour outshot Bedford North Lawrence 22-4, and Owls goalkeeper Elliott Clark made four saves. The Stars’ goalkeeper made 12 saves.
While Dennis was happy about the conference title, he also was glad to see his team post a shutout to end the regular season.
“We harp on our goals, and one of our goals is to limit shots, and with that comes shutouts,” he said.
Dennis said the team looked organized and had good rotations, and the Owls also neutralized a Stars player that had 21 goals on the season.
“It was good team play,” he said. “We just played like we wanted to win a conference title tonight, and we did.”
Seymour takes a 12-3 record into Monday night’s sectional game at home against Columbus North.
Seymour is hosting the sectional instead of Columbus East because of the poor field conditions at the Richard Wigh Soccer Complex in Columbus. The IHSAA made the executive decision to bring the tournament to the Owls’ new turf complex.
The Bull Dogs defeated the Owls 3-0 in a match Tuesday night.
“We feel confident going back into Monday night’s game,” Dennis said.