By: Lee Ramsey
The Seymour Eagles Soccer team tied Sevier County 1-1 but followed that with a 7-0 loss to Knox West; both games were at home.
The game that meant the most ended the same way it started except for a made goal for each team. Sevier County is an IMAC team and a cross county rival. To end in a 1-1 tie is rather ironic since he teams have always been such fierce competitors in any sport.
Head Coach Drew Payne said, “They say a tie is like kissing your sister, but it’s not that bad. We played good. I don’t believe in moral victories but we can keep our heads high.”
The Bears scored early in the contest and led 1-0 which was good for the half time score and all the way until the last 20 minutes in the game. Matt Kiser of the Eagles found the inside of the goal off a perfectly placed pass from the corner which set him up for a short point blank shot.
Seymour had their chances later but couldn’t cash in.
“It’s unfortunate that we let that happen that early in the game, but we fought back and played Seymour soccer; the way we wanted to play,” Payne said. “We played with a lot of passion.”
The West game 3 days later was another story as the Eagles dropped the contest 7-0.
According to Payne there was more to the game than just the score. He seemed to find the silver lining which is one reason why he is a good soccer coach.
“As crazy as it sounds, we got beat 7-0 but we still looked good,” he said. “We’re just not fast enough defensively and every time they got it down there they were able to just get a quick shot and they had so many good shots.
“Every one of their goals was off of rips; just hard, good shots form good soccer players.”
This game should help prepare the Eagles for IMAC play and on down the line in post season play.
“We’ll be alright going forward. At the end of the day, we didn’t play bad. We could have packed it in tried to go far a low scoring game and not played our game; just play kickball,” Payne said. “But we wouldn’t have developed my offense. We actually had several looks especially in the second half.”
Seymour Soccer ties Sevier County
By: Lee Ramsey