(Nov. 22, 2019) Nearly a dozen Stephen Decatur soccer players received Bayside South All-Conference honors for their performances during the fall season.
Nine boys earned conference accolades.
Senior defenders John Karacoulakis and Drew Haueisen scored spots on the Bayside South First Team.
Karacoulakis started in every game since his freshman year.
“He’s definitely been a great asset to the program,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood.
Karacoulakis was a forward for most of the 2018 season and earned First Team honors for his efforts on the attack.
He started up top this season, but was moved to the defensive end about halfway into the year.
“We needed him in the back and he did a great job,” Greenwood said. “He and Drew locked things down.”
He was the team’s lone captain this season.
“He did a great job of being my voice on the field,” Greenwood said. “He commanded the ship well. Everyone respected him.”
Greenwood presented Haueisen with the team MVP award.
Even as a center back, Haueisen netted 10 goals this season to earn the Golden Boot award, as a scoring leader.
He was the go-to player of corner kicks, where he scored a majority of his goals.
He shared the Golden Boot honors with junior Kellen Catrino, who also tallied 10 goals.
Greenwood said Haueisen anchored the defense, which only allowed 10 goals in 14 games this year.
“He definitely put us on his back a lot,” Greenwood said. “He was a great leader and definitely one of the best players in the conference.”
Senior defender Hunter Wolf received Bayside Second Team distinction. Greenwood said while he may not have been a stat leader, Wolf worked super hard as a member of the team for three years.
He was also part of the foursome that held opponents to only 10 goals this season.
Junior midfielder Eric Berry also scored a spot on the Bayside South Second Team.
In addition, Greenwood presented Berry with the team’s Unsung Hero award.
“He played almost every minute of every game and he worked hard on the field,” Greenwood said. “He was willing to do anything we asked and he did his job well.”
He had a high percentage pass completion, Greenwood added.
Catrino took home a Bayside honorable mention award.
Catrino, the co-Golden Boot recipient, was key to the team’s success at the end of the regular season, netting all goals in both the Kent Island (2-1) and James M. Bennett (2-1 overtime) victories.
“He was a great goal scorer,” Greenwood said. “He had a knack for being in the right place at the right time and putting the ball on goal.”
He moved up to the forward line from the midfield midway into the season.
“I’m super excited that he’s with us next year,” Greenwood said. “I hope he’ll have even more of an output next year.”
Sophomore Miguel Cervantes was also awarded Bayside honorable mention accolades.
Greenwood gave him the team’s Most Improved award.
Cervantes went from forward to midfield when “we needed him,” Greenwood said.
“He grew and grew and wanted to get better every single game,” he said. “He was always willing to learn.”
Midfielders, sophomore James Barrett and junior Evan Kinsey scored honorable mention nods as well.
Barrett missed several games because of a foot injury, but Greenwood said he was a “phenomenal player with great skills and great vision.”
“He’s a well-versed soccer placer,” he added. “We’ll look to him to lead the midfield as a junior next year.”
Greenwood said Kinsey was a hard worker who stepped up and learned a new position. He went from center back to center midfield around the middle of the season.
“To go from defending to being an attacker, he did an excellent job,” Greenwood said. “He’ll be a leader next year. He’ll be our only four-year starter.”
Senior defender Eric Gwin was also presented honorable mention accolades.
Greenwood gave him and sophomore goalie Zach Powers Coaches Awards.
“They’re two great kids,” Greenwood said. “They were super helpful at practice and they were willing to take suggestions and criticism. They worked hard and did all the little things.”
Decatur finished the season with a 12-2 record.
“We’re returning seven starters,” he said. “I think we’ll be good next year.”
On the girls’ side, senior captain Alyssa Romano was presented and honorable mention award.
Decatur Coach Steve Isett said Romano is a great athlete, she has a good work ethic and she knows what it takes to be successful.
“She understands you’ve got to put in the work to improve,” he added. “She has a great attitude and she’s a great competitor.”
Romano was a forward last year, but Isett wanted to utilize her talents in the defensive end this season.
“She was willing to take on whatever role for the team to be successful,” Isett said. “She anchored our defense.”
Isett presented her with the team’s MVP award.
Junior captain Macy Dill also earned an honorable mention award.
“She was our star soccer players. She has a good skill set and she can read the game pretty well,” Isett said. “She’s a competitor. She’s physically strong on the ball and she always wants to compete.”
She played forward and in the midfield, tallying eight goals this season to lead the team.
“For us, she was our best offensive player,” Isett said. “I’m looking forward to having her back next year. She was a captain this year and I anticipate her to be one of the leaders next year.”
Isett gave Dill the Offensive MVP award. The Defensive MVP award went to senior captain, goalie Isy Kristick.
“She made some incredible saves this year,” Isett said. “She always had a great attitude. [The goalie position] will definitely be a big hole to fill.”
Coaches Awards went to junior defenders Julianna Fohner and Victoria Mueller.
“They played phenomenally on the defensive side of the field,” Isett said. “They were like my warrior players. They brought a high level of intensity. They both have a great work ethic.”
Isett presented Rookie of the Year awards to three freshmen starters – forward Mia Kemp, midfielder Hannah Dang and defender Keeley Catrino.
“They’re good soccer players. They’re travel players and they brought a lot to the team this year,” Isett said. “I’m looking forward to having them back next year.”
Senior midfielder Caela Berrie received the team’s Sportsmanship award.
“She has a good, consistent attitude and was always positive,” Isett said. “When she got knocked down, she didn’t retaliate, she just got up and got back to what I was asking her to do.”
Decatur finished the season with a 4-9 record.
With half a dozen freshmen on the squad this season, Isett said he is looking to continue to build and develop the program.