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Stephen Decatur junior Dalton Bunting holds off a Queen Anne’s player during Wednesday’s game in Berlin. Decatur won, 2-1.

(Sept. 24, 2021) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team pulled out a 2-1 win over the Queen Anne’s Lions on Wednesday in Berlin.

“We knew it was going to be a tough, physical game,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “Queen Anne’s is always a [Bayside Conference] North powerhouse. We were anticipating a good game and we got it.”

Senior captain James Barrett shot the ball to the far post from about 15 yards out, four minutes and 17 seconds into the second half to give Decatur a 1-0 lead.

The two teams battled between the 18-yard lines, and with 6:49 left in the game, Queen Anne’s tied it up, 1-1.

With a little over five minutes remaining in the competition, sophomore Brogan Eastlack was fouled about 20 yards out. Junior Gabe Geiser took the free kick, blasting it past the wall Queen Anne’s set up and into the back of the net, left side.

Decatur held off the Queen Anne’s offensive charge to secure the victory.

Junior Owen Knerr recorded 12 saves in the goal for Decatur.

“I don’t think we played as well as we could have. We didn’t move the ball well … we were too spread out [and] the wind was a big factor,” Greenwood said. “[But] we played well enough to win. We dug down and found the heart to pull out the victory.”

Decatur will travel to Salisbury on Monday to play the Parkside Rams at 4 p.m.

“Queen Anne’s was a good test for us. I’m happy to be 4-0,” Greenwood said. “Now we have Parkside on Monday. We’re looking to avenge some losses from the past two years. We need to play the ball to feet, create simple goals and play 80 minutes of hard soccer.”

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