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The Class 2A No. 20 Columbus East girls soccer team finished Hoosier Hills Conference play undefeated with a 6-0 victory against Seymour on senior night Thursday evening.
East jumped out early, scoring five goals in the first half and keeping Seymour on defense for most of the night.
“The reason we do drills in practice full speed is so we play full speed,” Seymour coach Greg Musser said. “Columbus East top to bottom is a great team. They’re hard working, and we didn’t have all of our girls going to the ball hard. When you do that you’re going to get beat.”
The Olympians (12-2-1, 7-0) used their experience to focus on the details of the game, utilizing strong ball control and passing to set up key plays against the Owls (9-4-2, 5-2).
“We have a fairly deep roster,” East coach Ilya Schwartzman said. “Our seniors are phenomenal. We went through conference play for the third year in a row without allowing a goal. We’re very proud of that accomplishment.”
“We got onto our girls about their effort, and they responded better in the second half,” Musser said. “East is a tough team. We need to take from this that we need to practice harder and prepare better.”
Seymour goalkeeper Kelley Sharp stayed active with 17 saves against an aggressive Olympians offense.
“As a team we have to be ready to play at a higher level against the better teams,” Sharp said. “We’ve been working on ball movement, and we’re improving. We just have to keep learning from the experience.”
“Small touches and skills make a difference,” Seymour senior Clare Lenart said. “We need to flow off the ball better and play off each other.”
East was lead by seniors Rachel Amlung with three goals and Sydney Newell with a goal and three assists.
“Rachel and I have been playing together since we were 10,” Newell said. “We’ve had a long time to figure each other out. We strive to run off ball well, and we did a good job tonight.”
“One of our strengths as a team is ball movement,” Amlung said. “We work on it in practice, but a lot of it comes naturally with our experience playing together.”
“We pride ourselves on good basic skill level,” Schwartzman said. “Technically, these girls are very good, and it showed tonight. We moved the ball well, and it created opportunities for us. We have phenomenal players, and they cover a lot of ground. I am very proud of how they played tonight.”
Molly Connor and Hayden Lang added goals for East. Lang and Bailey Dowd each had one assist. Spencer Eudy had two saves in goal, and Bryn Eudy had one save.
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