(Oct. 26, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team finished the regular season 8-3-1 and earned the No. 2 seed in Section II of the 3A East Region bracket.
The Seahawks will host the third-seeded Chesapeake Cougars of Anne Arundel (5-6-1) on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The two teams met in the second round last year, where the then senior-heavy Chesapeake squad won 5-0.
Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said the Seahawks have been working on their fitness to prepare for the post-season as well as “tweaking the little things.”
“Not a whole lot of major changes,” he said. “Once the playoffs start, it rolls.”
He said he told his players to expect tough competition and that “they’ll be as good as us.”
Greenwood thinks his team looks good going into the playoffs. He plans to go with a 4-3-3 (defenders-midfielders-forwards) formation for the tournament to generate more offense.
To be successful, Greenwood said the Seahawks needed to play a solid 80 minutes of soccer.
“And we need to be mentally ready as well and keep our focus,” he said. “The three games we lost this year we started off flat, and all three were on the road. We won all our home games this year.”
If Decatur wins, the Berlin squad will most likely face the top-seeded James M. Bennett Clippers on Friday, Nov. 2 in Salisbury.
Greenwood said the Seahawks would like to see the Clippers again, who edged out his team, 2-1, in overtime on Oct. 17.
“We can have the chance to avenge that loss if we win Tuesday,” he said.