(Nov. 4, 2022) The Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team’s season came to an end with a 6-2 loss to the Chesapeake Cougars in the MPSSAA 3A South Region II quarterfinals last Wednesday in Berlin.

“I told the girls it was the most competitive 6-2 game I’ve been in,” said Decatur Coach Rich Venere. “We lost 6-0 last year. We gave them a more competitive game. They finished on every opportunity and that’s the sign of a great team, but a little unlucky for us.”

Senior captain Mia Kemp scored on a penalty shot for Decatur. Senior Macy Seitz tallied the Seahawks’ second goal.

“I was pleased with our effort. We did some things really well,” Venere said. “We have a little ways to go to be able to defeat that team – we’ll probably see them every year in the playoffs –  we just have to raise our game to another level here on out.”

Decatur finished the season with a 10-3 record. Two of the losses were to James M. Bennett, each time by one goal, and the other was to Chesapeake.

“We were happy with the season. The games we should have won we won,” Venere said. “They were one cohesive unit. They all interacted like great teammates should. They were like sisters. It was nice to see.”

The team will graduate eight players, five of them starters, and all of whom played a role.

“Trying to replace them will be a monumental task,” Venere said.

The seniors have also been invaluable mentors to the younger girls, Venere added.

“I hope we find someone to raise the level to fill the spots,” he said. “I’m looking forward to next year. The seniors set a foundation and hopefully we can continue the positive momentum.”

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