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Playing Columbus East for the second time in eight days, Seymour went with more of a defensive look in Thursday night’s Columbus North girls soccer sectional.
The Owls held the No. 13 Olympians to fewer shots, but this time, East capitalized on its chances. The Olympians claimed a 6-0 win, doubling their margin of victory from seven days earlier.
“We came in with a strategy that we were going to play a little bit more defensively this time,” Seymour coach Greg Musser said. “We knew they were going to dominate possession like they did last Thursday, so we put together what we thought was a good game plan for it, and actually, it was working. We held them to about 10 less shots in the first half than we did the first time. The difference today was that they finished their chances.”
Rachel Amlung put the Olympians (16-1-1) on the board when she scored off an assist from Emma Dwenger in the 16th minute. Sydney Newell added a goal in the 21st minute, and Dwenger scored off a feed from Kristen Bellinger in the 26th minute. Kylie Stattenfield made it 4-0 with a goal off an assist from Dwenger in the 37th minute.
Dwenger scored her second goal in the 61st minute off an assist from Sam Watters. Betsy Myers added the final goal off a feed from Newell in the 63rd minute.
“I thought we played really well together,” Dwenger said. “We connected. We combined, and we found the simple passes. We just worked the ball a lot, and it was a combined team effort.”
East outshot the Owls (8-9) 30-0, putting 11 shots on goal. Kirsten Kulich, Spencer Eudy and Bryn Eudy all saw time in goal for the Olympians.
“We did a lot of things well,” East coach Ilya Schwartzman said. “We executed a few set plays that we worked on. It was overall a very, very solid performance from everybody that was on the field.”
The Olympians will play North at 2 p.m. Saturday in a rematch of a 1-1 tie Aug. 25.
“I think today was a good preparation for Saturday,” Dwenger said. “I think, as always, it will be a good game. But if we play like we did tonight and we combine, we should have a good result.”
“We just need to play our game and execute,” Schwartzman said. “I think we’re more than capable of doing that, and I feel very good about our chances.”
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