SD boys soccer 91319

Stephen Decatur sophomore Miguel Cervantes shields the ball from a North Caroline player during Monday’s game in Berlin. He scored two goals in the 4-1 victory.

(Sept. 13, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team kicked off its season with back-to-back victories this week.

The Seahawks opened the season on their new turf field Monday, hosting the North Caroline Bulldogs. Decatur won, 4-1.

“We definitely had some opening-season jitters,” Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said. “We played well at times. We showed glimpses of really good soccer.”

The boys had just two practices on their new field prior to the first game.

“It plays definitely faster at times,” Greenwood said. “The kids had problems getting their feet under them. They’re still getting used to the new field.”

Greenwood said his players were excited to compete on the field for the first time.

“There’s a learning curve. It’s going to take some time,” he said.

Decatur pulled ahead 1-0 when a North Caroline player accidentally headed the ball into his own goal with five minutes left in the first half.

The Bulldogs tied it up, 1-1, about 10 minutes into the second half.

Sophomore Miguel Cervantes provided Decatur with the go-ahead goal with 18 minutes remaining in the game. He scored again about six minutes later.

Junior Micah Bourne tallied the Seahawks’ fourth goal with less than a minute left in the match.

Sophomore goalie Zach Powers recorded seven saves for Decatur.

Decatur took a trip to Crisfield to play the Crabbers on Tuesday. The Seahawks outscored their opponent, 3-1.

“We started off a little sluggish. It took a little while to get going,” Greenwood said. “The second half we started to knock the ball around and play good soccer.”

Senior Hunter Wolf scored for Decatur 2:15 into the game. Crisfield evened the score about 17 minutes later.

The Crabbers were called for a handball in the box 15 minutes into the second half, so the Berlin squad was awarded a penalty shot. Sophomore James Barrett capitalized to give Decatur a 2-1 advantage.

Senior Eric Gwin netted Decatur’s third goal with a little over four minutes left on the clock.

Powers stopped six Crisfield shots.

The Mardela Warriors will come to Berlin today, Friday, to battle Decatur at 5:30 p.m.

“We need to knock the ball around and play fast from the start,” Greenwood said. “We need to start faster. The last two [games] we outlasted our opponents. We’re just more fit.”

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