(Oct. 29, 2021) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team finished the regular season with a 10-2 record, earning the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the MPSSAA Class 3A South Region II.
“We’re happy to be playing at home and to get a first-round bye, but we’ve got to show up to play,” Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said earlier this week. “We’re getting there. We’re just fine-tuning now.”
The Seahawks will host the No. 3 Oxon Hill Clippers today, Friday, at 4 p.m. (weather depending) in Berlin.
“There’s some things we need to look at and work on, and I think the kids are excited,” Greenwood said.
Playing smart, simple soccer will be the key to victory, Greenwood said.
“When we do that, we’ve been successful,” he said. “When we don’t do the little things, that’s what kills us. We need to play the same kind of soccer every time.”
Greenwood is expecting solid competition in Oxon Hill, but playing at home will be an advantage.
“Our field is big, fast and flat, and we know what to expect. We like playing in our stadium,” he added. “If we show up to play, I think we’ll be in good shape to win on Tuesday, if we play well Friday. I think the momentum will carry over to Tuesday.”
If Decatur wins Friday, the team will take a trip to Salisbury to battle the top-seeded James M. Bennett Clippers on Tuesday for the region championship.
“It’s definitely a winnable game, 100 percent,” Greenwood said.
The Seahawks are looking forward to the rematch after the Clippers came out on top, 1-0, last Wednesday on their home field.
“We were banged up for the Bennett game and I thought we played well,” Greenwood said. “We played Kent Island on Monday (and won 4-1) and we were spent. Then we had to play Bennett two days later. We gave everything we had and we were fatigued more than anything. I think we’ll play better on the road and the pressure will be on Bennett, the No. 1 seed.”