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(Nov. 30, 2018) Several soccer players on the Stephen Decatur boys’ and girls’ teams were presented Bayside South Conference awards for their performance during the fall season.

Three boys earned First Team honors.

Junior forward John Karacoulakis, a team captain, led the Seahawks this season with 11 goals and seven assists.

“John has been a great addition to our offense. [He was moved] up top after being a two-year starting defender after the second game of the season to generate more offense,” Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said. “John was definitely the focus of other teams’ game plans. Often times, John was double teamed, because he is so strong with the ball at his foot. We look forward to having John back next season and again lead the team in scoring.”

Greenwood gave out his team awards during a banquet Monday night. The Golden Boot (leading goal scorer) award went to Karacoulakis. He also took home the Offensive MVP award.

Senior Kevin Beck, also a team captain, landed a spot on the First Team for midfielders.

“Kevin definitely was our field general in the center of the field every game. The Bayside South coaches were all aware of Kevin’s ability to dictate the pace of play in each game,” Greenwood said. “He worked hard every day at practice and gave everything he had in every game, to the point of exhaustion. He is going to be a tough team captain to replace.”

Greenwood also presented Beck with his team Midfield MVP award.

Junior Drew Haueisen represents Decatur on the First Team Defense list.

“Drew was a fantastic addition to our program this season. He, along with his other three counterparts on defense, shut down the best offenses in the Bayside South,” Greenwood said. “Drew’s height definitely contributed to his ability to dominate balls out of the air. He is very smooth with the ball at his foot for a big man. We again look forward to having Drew back next year.”

He received the Decatur Defensive MVP award.

Bayside Honorable Mention accolades went to seniors Brett Berquist (goalie), Brady Ford (forward) and Brooks Wingert (midfield), junior Hunter Wolf (defense), sophomores Evan Kinsey (defense) and Kellen Catrino (midfield) and freshman James Barrett (midfield).

Berquist, a team captain, was presented the Unsung Hero award by Greenwood.

“Brett played his hardest every game. He was the only player to play every minute of every game this season,” Greenwood said. “He had a .92 goals per game allowed average this season. He was the reason we were in every single game.

“Brett has incredible athleticism and made numerous insane saves over the course of this season and his career,” Greenwood continued. “He has left big shoes to fill in the goalkeeper position. He will be missed next season.”

Ford was second in goals scored for Decatur, with seven. Barrett was named team Rookie of the Year and Catrino won the Newcomer Award. Junior Eric Gwin received the Sportsmanship Award and Coaches Awards went to senior George Luzier, Gwin and Wolf.

Decatur ended the season with an 8-4-1 record. The Seahawks lost in the second round of Section II of the 3A East Region tournament.

“Overall, I was happy with the season and most of the kids will be back next year,” Greenwood said. “We have a good core group returning – eight of the 11 starters.”

For the girls’ squad, juniors Gabby Izzett (defense) and Alyssa Romano (forward) earned Bayside South First Team distinction.

Decatur Coach Maggie Berke gave the overall team MVP award to Izzett, who is also a team captain.

“Gabby was a major playmaker this season. Her selflessness on the ball helped to progress her teammates to the net, even if the stats didn’t go to her,” Berke said. “She worked both on and off the field for the benefit of the team as a whole, both through her leadership and her work ethic.”

Romano took home the team’s Forward MVP award.

“Alyssa was our leading goal scorer for the regular season this year,” Berke said. “In every game, Alyssa worked in any capacity she could to help the team and get the ball down the field.”

Romano and sophomore Macy Dill both tallied seven goals this season.

Dill scored a spot on the Bayside South Second Team for midfield. She received Decatur’s Midfield MVP award.

“Macy scored six regular-season goals this year, helping the team stay alive in some major games like Easton and Parkside, while also contributing through multiple assists for her teammates,” Berke said.

Bayside Honorable Mention awards went to seniors Logan Townsend (defense), Rachel Haskell (defense) and Mia Dill (midfield), and junior Isy Kristick (goalie).

Townsend, also a team captain, took home Decatur’s Defensive MVP award.

“Logan jumped into the defensive role for the first time this year and you never would have guessed it,” Berke said. “She came through with some huge saves for the team and was not only a leader for the defense this year, but the entire team.”

Haskell earned the team’s Most Improved award.

“I have witnessed Rachel learn and grow over the last four years, but nothing compared to the hard work she put in this year and it showed,” Berke said. “She became one of our most reliable players on the field and a huge leader for her teammates.”

Mia Dill and junior Sarah Haskell were given Coaches Awards.

“Both girls were faced with major injuries this season that inhibited their ability to participate to the capacity that they would have liked, but they still continued to attend games and practices and support their teammates any way they could,” Berke said.

The team’s season ended in the second round of Section II of the 3A East Region tournament. Decatur finished the season with a 4-9 record.

“Overall, the season was very up and down, but the girls ended making great improvements and playing the best they had all season,” Berke said. “I think the team next year looks promising. A lot of young, motivated girls are returning, so it should be a positive year.”

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