Eagles keep streak with victory over Bears
Everyone knew the Seymour Eagles were good, but Thursday night’s win over Sevier County may have just shown the rest of the IMAC Conference exactly what they’re dealing with.
The Blue and Gold won 5-0 over their county rivals and won going away.
“We took advantage of our opportunities, and there’s plenty to be happy about for sure,” Seymour coach Drew Payne said.
The win keeps the Eagles (8-0, 2-0 in District 2-AAA) undefeated on the season, and it’s not something that the coach shies away from.
“This is the first time as a coach I’ve ever been on a streak like this,” he said. A lot of teams don’t like to talk about that, he continued, but he doesn’t mind.
“They don’t want to talk about it, but I say, ‘Heck, let’s go ahead and embrace it,’” Payne said. “That’s extra motivation. Let’s keep it going. It’s added motivation instead of the jinx thing. We’re 8-0, let’s be 9-0 and keep it going.”
The Eagles started somewhat slowly, as the teams played relatively evenly for the first 15 minutes.
But then forward Fredrik Bergman, a Swedish exchange student who’s a soccer star in the making, was taken down in the box and converted his penalty kick to stake his team to a 1-0 lead by intermission.
“I thought we were fine,” Sevier County coach Bryan Atchley said. “I thought we came out the first 10 minutes and were playing right with them.”
Shortly after halftime, however, the Eagles erupted.
Bergman added two more goals to his season tally and teammates Connor Viars and Michael Clemons also got into the action with scores.
“When you’ve got a young team like we’ve got right now, the air went out the balloon so to speak,” Atchley said. “You get down two, three or four goals and it’s tough.
“(But) I like the fight of our team, but with a young team you’ve got to preach playing 80 minutes.”
Payne was pleased with his Eagles’ efficiency on their offensive attacks.
“We didn’t have a whole lot of shots,” the Seymour coach said. “I don’t know what the shot-count was, but we finished well. When you’ve got five goals and we don’t have a lot of shots, it means we’re taking good shots or smart shots — we’re not just kicking it at the goal. We did well.”
The coach did compliment the young Sevier County team on getting his Eagles out of their game for portions of the contest.
“Sevier County did a great job of their work-rate and taking us out of our possession game,” he said.
“We had to adjust and play a little more direct. When you win 5-0, that’s fine, but I hope that we can do a little better job going forward possessing.”
While Atchley wasn’t happy with the loss, he was quick to praise the Eagles.
“Any time you walk on the field you want to win,” Atchley said. “It’s a big county game a district game, but that’s a heck of a team, they’re very, very talented.”
He was especially impressed by Bergman.
“I’d heard some things about him, but, he’s good,” Atchley said.
“And they’ve got some nice pieces around him, and they complement him well.”