The Seymour girls soccer team attempted 16 shots against Franklin during Saturday’s match at C.B. Hess Memorial Field.
However, the Owls could only get one shot to go into the net, losing 3-1.
“Today just wasn’t our day with finishing,” Owls coach Greg Musser said. “We definitely had our opportunity. We didn’t capitalize on a few of them, and it came back to hurt us, but they played hard.”
The Grizzly Cubs took a 1-0 lead with a goal six minutes into the match. The Owls tied the score when Clare Lenart scored on an assist from Gabriela Martins at 17:15.
“Gabriela played a gorgeous ball into the middle and Clare was able to run onto it,” Musser said. “We had been having trouble putting the ball through the middle with the sweeper they had. She was quick. We were trying to get them to the outside. We were able to draw her out of there, and Gabreila found a great ball through to Clare and she scored for us.”
Seymour goalie Zoe Cummings made a save to prevent a Franklin score, but the ball went out to another Grizzly Cub, and she kicked it into the net for a 2-1 lead.
“Our backside defense was trying to cover the net in case (Cummings) got beat, which is what they need to do,” Musser said. “But as soon as she made the save, the ball went out to another girl and we failed to close out on her.”
Franklin’s third goal with 7:26 remaining in the match, Musser said, “went in mainly just because we had too many people up top trying to get that equalizer, so there’s not much you can do about it.”
Cummings had 12 saves, and Musser said, “Zoe has been doing a great job for us. We’ve been trying to teach her the technique of goalie. I was a goalie myself, so we’ve been trying to break bad habits. A couple games ago, she had first dives that we had been working on, and actually all week, we’ve been working on that breakaway slide at a player.”
Musser said he liked the aggressive style his team showed in the second half.
“We definitely challenged them to keep that possession,” he said.
The Owls are 7-6 and today will play host to Hoosier Hills Conference foe Madison for Senior Night.
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