By Lee Ramsey
All good things come to an end at some time or another.
Sometimes, however, they come to an end sooner than we want them to.
This turned out to be the case with the Seymour Eagles Soccer team.
Although they had a good season and a fabulous post season, taking the 2-AAA District title, and far exceeding most preseason expectations, the Eagles wanted to go further possibly getting to the state.
That dream ended with a 4-0 loss to the Science Hill Toppers last week in the opener of the Region 1-AAA tournament.
The favored Toppers showed their superior speed, precision passing and outstanding defense as well as scoring ability.
Being a larger school and a more established soccer program, Science Hill did what was expected in the game, although the Eagles had nothing to be ashamed of.
Seymour Coach Drew Payne said, “Science Hill is a traditionally strong program. They’re a big school and they are talented, and I like their possession style.”
Even being the underdog, Seymour was close in the first half and was only behind 1-0 at the half as both teams played great defense. The Eagles held Science Hill scoreless for the first 24 minutes before their only score of the first half.
The second half was very different as the Toppers went on a 7 minute hot streak and showed where their reputation came from.
The score stood 4-0 with 28 minutes to go in the game.
Seymour picked up their attack taking chances they normally wouldn’t take; however scoring was an absolute necessity being down by 4.
Science Hill’s keeper, Andrew Kenneson met the onslaught with great effort and shut down every Seymour scoring attempt.
On one occasion, senior standout Jacob Lindsey had an open one-on-one shot but Kenneson closed the gap with an outstanding save.
Payne said, “(That was) the best (he’d) ever seen a high school keeper make.”
Coach Payne, despite the loss was extremely proud of his team and group of seniors after taking the 2-AAA District Championship the week before; quite an accomplishment for the Eagle’s first year in a larger, tougher conference, the IMAC.
First year Coach Payne summed things up by saying, “I saw good progress throughout the season. This team really gelled together and the championship is really something to be proud of.”
The Seymour Herald would like to congratulate Coach Drew Payne and the Seymour Eagles Soccer team for all they accomplished this past season.
Seymour Soccer Season Ends
By Lee Ramsey