By: Lee Ramsey
The Seymour Lady Eagles soccer season has come to an abrupt end when they were eliminated in their first game of the 2-AAA IMAC District Tournament last week when they were defeated by Jefferson County by a score of 4-0.
The number one seed Lady Eagles weren’t the same team that had won 10 games in a row leading up to the tournament. Seymour had just wrapped up the IMAC district regular season championship by going 6-0 in the IMAC. Jefferson County was 2-4 and should have been less of a challenge than other teams in the league.
“It was an odd game. We just didn’t show up,” said Seymour Soccer Coach Drew Payne. “I knew sooner or later we were going to have a down game (after 10 straight wins).”
The Lady Patriots not only won but did it in dominate fashion allowing Seymour only three shots on goal the entire game.
The shot that set the tone for the game came 22 minutes in on a penalty kick. The first 15 minutes of the game Seymour kept the ball on Jefferson County’s end of the field with several good chances but didn’t score. The only time early in the game the ball was on Seymour’s end they fouled in the box and the Lady Patriots went up by one on a penalty kick.
“I really don’t have an answer as to why we played so bad. We didn’t play good in any portion of the game,” said Payne. “After that first score by them, it was like it let the air out of us and we became a completely different team. They scored that one goal and we were done.”
Coach Payne discussed the fact earlier in the season that any team in the IMAC could beat any other team on a given day and he became a prophet after this game.
“It was sad,” said Payne. “The game was by far my worst loss since I’ve coached at Seymour High School. It’s hard to swallow.”
Seymour ended their season with an 11-7 record overall and but perfect in the IMAC with the regular season championship to celebrate. It was a bitter sweet season but still an outstanding one for the Lady Eagles.
Lady Eagles Soccer Season Ends
By: Lee Ramsey