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Madison falls 5-4 after Owls rally from 3-0 deficit
, Courier Sportswriter
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 11:00 AM
LADY CUBS: Madison’s Kendra Black (above, 24) battles with Seymour’s Brielyn Tidd during Monday’s match in Madison. The Lady Cubs’ Lindsey Sachleben (below) hammers a shot. The Cubs led 3-0 and 4-1 but Seymour rallied for the 5-4 win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Seymour scored five goals in the game's final 28 minutes to post an improbable 5-4 come-from-behind win over Madison on Monday in girls Hoosier Hills Conference soccer.
The host Lady Cubs led 2-0 at the half and 3-0 early in the second half and appeared on their way to a conference win.
But Seymour had different plans, and starting with a great individual goal by Clare Lenart, the Owls outscored Madison 5-1 down the stretch to escape with the win.
"I think the first 60 minutes we out-played them. We out-hustled them to everything and at halftime we told them we had to keep up the intensity," Madison coach Darren Harmon said. "And we did for the first 10 or 15 minutes of the second half. But there was that one mistake. (Seymour) scored that one goal and you could see the attitude of the game change."
Madison (6-7, 2-4 HHC) used a flurry of goals at the end of the first half to build its lead.
After playing a scoreless first 36 minutes, the Cubs got on the board when freshman Catherine Fisher sliced down the left side of the field and fired a cross pass into traffic. The ball was intended for sophomore Maddie Robinson, but a Seymour player stepped in front and inadvertently knocked the ball into her own goal for a 1-0 Cub lead.
Robinson got a goal of her own three minutes later when the Cubs executed a corner kick perfectly just 17 seconds before halftime. Senior Delanie Jones lightly kicked the ball to fellow senior Alex Thurnall, who promptly sent the ball back to Jones.
Jones wasted no time in hammering a shot into the scrum in front of the goal where Robinson deflected the ball into the net past the diving goalie, Kelley Sharp.
Madison pushed the lead to 3-0 nine minutes into the second half when Jones banged another corner kick off Sharp and into the net.
Lenart began Seymour's comeback two minutes later. The Lady Owl senior took possession of the ball roughly 15 yards in front of the Madison goal and after shedding a defender with a nifty move, fired a laser shot past keeper Jennie Wilson to get Seymour on the board.
Madison responded with Jones' second goal of the half, this one a direct kick from 20 yards out that found the netting for a 4-1 lead with 25 minutes to play.
That three-goal lead seemed insurmountable but rather than continuing to attack, the Lady Cubs turned passive and it opened the door for Seymour's big comeback.
"We got up and we got on the defensive," Harmon said. "I don't think we got tired because I still believe that we are in better shape than any of the teams we play. But we almost started playing not to lose."
Seymour senior Devon Joray cut the lead to 4-2 when she mimicked Lenart with a similar move from 20 yards out in the 60th minute.
Three minutes later, freshman Grace Hartman pulled the Owls within one when she took a header from Kayla Griffin and redirected it into the goal from nearly point-blank range.
Seymour tied the game with 10:34 to play when Brielyn Tidd intercepted a Wilson goal kick and headed the ball back toward the Madison net. The ball bounced off a Cub defender and right to Griffin, who slammed the ball home.
The Owls capped off the comeback with four minutes to play when Hartman scored her second goal, this one off a header from Joray for the final 5-4 margin.
Seymour outshot Madison 17-7 in the second half and 26-16 for the game. The Owls had 13 shots on goal to the Cubs' nine. Wilson stopped nine shots in the game while the Owls' Sharp had four saves.
While the loss obviously hurt, Harmon said that he and his staff would emphasize the positives of the match rather than dwell on Seymour's big comeback.
"We'll talk to them about that first 60 minutes because that's as well as we've played all season," Harmon said. "We have Floyd Central coming up and the sectional but if we play in those games like we did in the first 60 minutes tonight, we're going to be OK. This was a good warmup game for the sectional."
Madison hosts Floyd Central on Thursday before playing in the Class 2A Sectional at Batesville next week.
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