(Oct. 25, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team earned a first-round bye and the No. 1 seed in Region II of the 3A South tournament.
“I’m happy. It should help us,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “If all of the No. 1 seeds make it through [their brackets] we’ll be [seeded] No. 2.”
Decatur (11-1) will play the winner of Thursday’s match between the No. 4 Chesapeake Cougars of Anne Arundel (6-4-1) and No. 5 Easton Warriors (4-5-2), today, Friday, at 3 p.m. in Berlin.
The game will be played prior to the football team’s Senior Night match against the Parkside Rams at 7 p.m.
Greenwood said playing on their new home turf field will be an advantage for the Seahawks.
“It’s a big field. It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s very spunky,” he said. “The ball bounces well and plays well. I think it will be to our benefit.”
Decatur played Easton on Oct. 1 in Berlin and won, 5-0. Chesapeake ended the Berlin squad’s playoff run in the sectional semifinals last year, coming out on top, 2-0.
“We’ve improved the past three-four games,” Greenwood said. “Kent Island [2-1 win] was a big wind pushing our sails and the Bennett game we won 2-1 in overtime really helped us.”
Greenwood said his key players are shouldering a little more of the weight and the non-starters have stepped up and are contributing.
To prepare for playoffs, Greenwood said the team is going back to basics.
“A lot of the things we worked on in preseason,” he said. “We need a five-game win streak to be state champions.”
To be successful, the Seahawks need to work together, Greenwood said.
“We’ve got to show up to play every game and play at our highest ability level from the first to the last whistle,” he said.