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(April 2, 2021) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team outscored the James M. Bennett Clippers and Snow Hill Eagles both by one goal this week.

The Seahawks traveled to Salisbury on Monday to play the Clippers.

Junior Miguel Cervantes scored Decatur’s lone goal with 11 minutes left in the first half. Senior Tiernan Weinstein earned the assist. The defender dribbled the ball up the sideline and crossed it to Cervantes, who knocked it passed the Bennett goalie.

“We were a little slow getting started,” Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said after the 1-0 victory. “The first 10-12 minutes Bennett had a lot of opportunities. Our four defenders – [senior captain] Evan Kinsey, [senior] Patrick O’Halloran, [senior] Tiernan Weinstein and [sophomore] Ryan McLaughlin – played super well. They came up big, big big. Bennett was throwing everything they had at us. Our defense stepped up and really played well.”

Greenwood said he made some changes, shifted players around and then things started clicking.

“We started to move the ball a lot better and got more opportunities, and that’s where the goal came from,” he said. “We played well at the end of the first half and well into the second half. In the second half we came out and knocked the ball around and played simple soccer.”

Junior goalie Aeddan Jones recorded nine saves for Decatur.

“Aeddan made some big saves. He came out and owned the box,” Greenwood said.

Decatur hosted Snow Hill on Wednesday in Berlin and pulled out a 2-1 victory.

The Eagles struck first, scoring 17 minutes into the game. About seven minutes later, Cervantes tied it up.

“We were extremely slow getting started. We knew Snow Hill was playing up for us. They were playing their best soccer,” Greenwood said. “We were missing two starting defenders, so we were inexperienced back there and Snow Hill has fast kids up top. We struggled in the midfield, transitioning from the defense to the midfield.

“We had lots of shots in the first half, but their keeper was making some phenomenal saves,” Greenwood added. “He [Josh Taylor] had 19 saves [overall]. That’s really what kept the game close.”

During halftime, Greenwood said they talked about the need to finish the ball.

“We were doing all the little things, we just couldn’t connect the final ball,” he said.

The Seahawks created scoring opportunities in the second half, and pulled ahead 2-1, six minutes in with a goal by senior Kellen Catrino.

“We dominated, we held possession, we just couldn’t finish,” Greenwood said.

The Seahawks will play the Parkside Rams on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Salisbury.

“We’re working on some things to prepare, and trying a different formation,” he said.

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