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(Nov. 1, 2019) Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team Coach Steve Isett was pleased with his players’ performance in the first half of last Thursday’s game against the Chesapeake Cougars of Anne Arundel in Pasadena, Maryland.

“They played well. They created a few solid opportunities,” he said. “The second half [Chesapeake was] physically better athletes. They amped up their pressure and nipped in the bud what we were trying to do.”

Chesapeake won the 3A South Region II first-round match, 3-0.

Decatur finished the season with a 4-9 record.

“In terms of trying to build a foundation, I thought it went well,” Isett said.

Isett had good “athletes” on his roster, but against stronger opponents it was obvious soccer is not the main sports for a majority of the girls, he said. For most of them, especially the upperclassmen, lacrosse is their No. 1 sport.

On the other hand, soccer is the main sport for many of the younger girls.

“We had six or seven freshmen and they were some of our best soccer players,” Isett said. “A lot of them play travel soccer. We’re looking to build on that.”

At the end of the season, underclassmen made up most of the starting lineup.

Isett said he saw improvement over the course of the season. The girls gained a level of comfort when they had possession of the ball.

“I’m happy with where things are at the end of the season,” he said. “It was good to see the girls buy into what I was preaching and what I’m trying to create. I’m happy with the growth.”

Isett enjoyed his first season as head coach of the Lady Seahawks. It was a learning experience and the girls understood his longer-term vision of playing possession ball rather than being a kick-and-run team.

Isett had five seniors on his roster, three of whom were starters. He is looking forward to next year with a core group slated to return and new players joining the program.

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