SD boys soccer 102221

Stephen Decatur junior goalie Owen Knerr punts the ball during Monday’s Senior Night game against Kent Island in Berlin. He recorded seven saves. Senior captain Miguel Cervantes scored three goals in the 4-1 victory.

(Oct. 22, 2021) Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team’s senior captains, Miguel Cervantes and James Barrett, led the Seahawks to a 4-1 victory over big rival, the Kent Island Buccaneers, on their Senior Night in Berlin on Monday.

“It was probably the best game of soccer we’ve played in a long time. Probably since we played them two years ago up there,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “The simple things we did well. It was a great win on Senior Night.”

Sophomore Brogan Eastlack took the ball to the right end line then played it back across the goal to Cervantes, who knocked it past the Kent Island goalie at the 27-minute mark.

Three minutes later, Cervantes scored again on a nearly identical play, this time off a pass from Barrett.

Kent Island made it 2-1 with 15 minutes remaining in the first half.

Barrett was successful, netting a penalty shot to the right of the goalie with 6:30 on the clock.

Cervantes earned his hat trick at the 23-minute mark in the second half, scoring off a pass from junior Dalton Bunting.

“Miguel knows where to be in the middle. The three goals were nearly identical,” Greenwood said. “Taking the ball down then crossing it, that’s what we’ve been working and it’s been successful for us. He now has 17 goals on the season – and three quarters of them came from that style of play.We passed the ball well and we played very simple soccer, which is what I preached at the beginning of the game,” Greenwood said. “That is what makes us so successful.”

Junior goalie Owen Knerr made seven saves.

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