field hockey

(Nov. 1, 2019) The Stephen Decatur field hockey team’s season came to an end in the second round of the 2A East Region I tournament with a 6-0 loss to the Easton Warriors on Monday.

“We just didn’t play well. We could have played much better,” said Decatur Coach Amy Matthews.

Despite not finishing the way they would have liked, the Lady Seahawks had one of their most successful seasons in recent years. They finished with a 3-10 record.

The last time the Seahawks won three games in a season was in 2011, when the squad also finished with a 3-10 record. In 2010, the team went 4-8-1.

Decatur also netted six goals this season, the most the team has scored in more than six years, when Matthews took over the program.

“It was nice for the girls to get some wins and gain confidence,” Matthews said. “They wanted to show everybody what they can do.”

Matthews said after every game referees and/or their opponent’s coaches would tell her they noticed how well her players worked together and that they never gave up.

“That was really nice to hear,” she said. “They supported each other on the field and they motivated each other. I was really proud of them.”

Matthews also said she saw improvement throughout the season.

“Toward the end we saw some things we can use for next year, what we can build on for next year,” she said.

The team will graduate four players. Only two were starters, but they were all contributors.

Matthews is excited to have a core group planning to return next year.

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