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Stephen Decatur sophomore Brogan Eastlack controls the ball during last Saturday’s 3A South Region II semifinal game in Berlin. Decatur won, 3-0.

(Nov. 5, 2021) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team battled, but came up a goal short in the 3A South Region II championship on Tuesday in Salisbury.

“We played really well. All the things we talked about, we did them – marking their key players tight and moving the ball and passing well,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “The boys did everything they were asked. Just a few lapses in marking hurt us.”

Decatur senior captain James Barrett scored two and a half minutes into the game. Bennett, the No. 1 seed, evened it up about 16 minutes before halftime.

Three minutes into the second half sophomore Sean O’Halloran was fouled and second-seeded Decatur was awarded a penalty kick. Barrett netted the shot to put the Seahawks up 2-1.

Bennett tied it with 16 minutes remaining in the game and took the lead with four minutes left.

Decatur junior goalie Owen Knerr recorded 10 saves.

The Seahawks advanced to the championship after shutting out the No. 3 Oxon Hill Clippers, 3-0, on Saturday in Berlin.

Senior captain Miguel Cervantes made it 1-0 at the 18:09 mark. Freshman Holden Bunting put Decatur on top, 2-0, with 1:46 remaining in the first half.

Barrett boosted the Berlin squad’s advantage to 3-0 with nine minutes left in the game.

Knerr finished with eight saves.

“We hadn’t played in 10 days, and we struggled a little bit. We looked a little rusty,” Greenwood said after the game.

Decatur finished the season with an 11-3 record.

“I was happy with it. We grew and we learned a lot,” Greenwood said. “We put people in new positions and we adapted.”

Greenwood said the team was competitive in all its games this season.

“We were in every single game. The three losses we had were 2-0, 1-0 and 3-2. You can’t be disappointed about that,” he said. “We fought all year.”

The team will graduate seven seniors, three of whom were starters.

“We’re returning eight out of 11. That’s good for us,” Greenwood said. “And the JV program is strong. I think next year looks very bright.”

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