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Owls' huge first half too much for Cubs to overcome
, Courier Sportswriter
Friday, September 20, 2013 11:00 AM
ROUGH GAME: Madison’s Tucker Robinson (above, 8) takes a shot at the Seymour goal as Owl defenders Logan Mead (16), Matthew Pyle and Chase Salmon (goalie) zero in during Thursday’s match at Madison. The Cubs’ Buddy Lemen (below) hangs his head late in the game. Visiting Seymour scored three times in the first half and pulled away for the 4-1 win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Seymour scored three first-half goals and pulled away for a 4-1 win over Madison in boys soccer Thursday at Madison Junior High School.
The visiting Owls were held to just a penalty kick in the second half but the damage was already done. While Madison played much better over the final 40 minutes it wasn't enough to stave off defeat.
"Except for one or two games, we haven't yet put together a full 80 minutes together," Madison coach Jeff Gleeson said. "It's a frustrating thing because when we play a full 80 minutes, we're a pretty good team. It's a really a mental thing. It's a mental hurdle we haven't figured out yet."
Seymour, which blasted the Cubs 8-0 a year ago, scored just 10 minutes into the game when Ansgar Wiechert connected to put the Owls ahead 1-0.
Madison answered 10 minutes later when Elias Ruiz took a Dalton Grossman pass and put the ball into the back of the net to tie the score 1-1.
The Cubs were in the game but Seymour scored twice in the final 11 minutes of the half to put the game away.
The first goal of the two goals was Wiechert's second of the contest, this one coming in the 29th minute. Just 11 seconds before halftime. Adam Lenart scored to give the Owls a 3-1 lead at the half.
The frustrating thing for Gleeson was the fact that his Cubs seemed to get taken out of the game at times. The Madison coach knows that his squad is better than what they showed in the first half.
"We have to overcome that mental lapse and understand that we are OK," Gleeson said. "I guess they're kind of shell-shocked from last year when these guys beat us 8-0. We get a little intimidated and shell-shocked but we mentally have to overcome that because as you can see, the second half was a much better half."
The two teams played a virtually even second half with Madison getting several good looks at the net. Seymour, meanwhile, was kept largely in check.
The lone Owl score came with 12 minutes to play when Seymour's Landon Booth was awarded a penalty kick on a tripping call and Booth easily converted the shot for the final margin.
The later stages of the game were marred by a more physical style of play with both teams chipping at each other. Eventually a yellow card was issued on the Cubs for language.
Gleeson admitted that his team lost their cool and that the game can serve as a learning tool for the Cubs in the future.
"I'm hoping that's what it turns out to be," Gleeson said. "We've never had that problem with these guys. They put themselves in vulnerable spots and instead of internalizing it and moving on, they kind of let it go. Part of that could have been the frustration of losing it in the first half. You play like that against a good team and it's going to be very hard to come back. Some of that frustration came through."
The loss drops Madison to 6-3 on the season and 1-2 in Hoosier Hills Conference play. The Cubs face a very tough final stretch of the season which begins with contests against Class A No. 18 Providence, Columbus East and Bedford North Lawrence next week.
"It's a tough stretch but I like that we face so many good teams here at the end. It will make us a better team," Gleeson said. "We have a chance to be in those games and we can get some wins if we can put together a full 80 minutes. It will be a good test for us."
Shorthanded Rebs shut out
Southwestern fell to Rising Sun 7-0 in girls soccer Thursday in Hanover.
The Lady Rebels played the match without five players who were out with injury and just two substitutes. Despite being undermanned, Southwestern battled hard.
"Kaitlyn Deskins started in goal but after being injured, Ashley (Reardon) took over the goal and had some incredible saves," Southwestern coach Nancy Totten said. "Kaitlyn toughed it out and continued play after a bit as a midfielder. The defense (Emily McCane, Jennah Butters, Mary Sinsel, and Liz Bramer) had a very busy night and did a nice job playing together and covering for each other."
Southwestern travels to Switzerland County on Tuesday.
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