(Sept. 17, 2021) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team earned two wins this week, outscoring its opponents, 15-2.
“We have a good mix of players – veterans mixed with newcomers – and that’s been beneficial,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “And a lot goes back to such a short turnover between seasons.”
“There hasn’t been much of a drop-off,” Greenwood added, noting the only four-month break between soccer seasons. (Because of covid, the 2020 fall sports season was postponed. Instead, the teams had a shortened season, which ran from mid-February to mid-April 2021. They kicked off the current season in mid-August).
The Seahawks hosted the Crisfield Crabbers on Monday in Berlin and came out on top, 10-2.
Sophomore Brogan Eastlack tallied Decatur’s first goal just under three minutes into the game.
Crisfield tied it up less than four minutes laters.
Eastlack netted back-to-back shots to give the Seahawks a 3-1 lead. Senior captain James Barrett made it 4-1, before Eastlack scored his fourth goal of the half.
Senior captain Miguel Cervantes finished the first-half scoring with a goal six minutes before the break.
Cervantes, Eastlack, sophomore Jacob Hicks and junior Cash Cyburt added a goal apiece in the second half.
Junior Owen Knerr recorded seven saves in goal for the Seahawks.
“We played pretty well. We moved the ball well and we finished well,” Greenwood. “We’ve scored 17 goals in two games. We’ve definitely found some offensive firepower that we haven’t have in the past … We’re working well together. We’re communicating very well on the field. The guys are playing well off each other.”
On Wednesday, Decatur took a trip to Mardela Springs and shut out the Mardela Warriors, 5-0.
Barrett had two goals and Cervantes, Eastlack and Hicks scored one each.
Knerr stopped five Mardela shots.
“I thought we played a sloppy first half, unfortunately,” Greenwood said. “But we cleaned it up and played a better second half. We moved the ball well, but still have work to do. We are working every day to improve and prepare fully for each game.”
Decatur’s next game is Monday at 5:30 p.m. against the Snow Hill Eagles in Berlin.