(Nov. 8, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team’s season came to a close in the third round of the 3A South tournament, last week.
Decatur earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the 3A South Region II bracket. The Seahawks then hosted the fourth-seeded Chesapeake Cougars of Anne Arundel on Oct. 25.
Junior Caleb Magee netted the Seahawks’ lone goal, which was enough to secure the victory.
“We played well. We knocked the ball around and had opportunities to score,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “We had one finally fall in the second half.”
On Oct. 29, the second-seeded James M. Bennett Clippers came to Berlin to battle Decatur. The Clippers came out on top, 2-0.
“We played well from 18 to 18, but we just couldn’t get any quality shots,” Greenwood said. “I knew it was going to be a close game. We just didn’t create enough scoring opportunities.”
Decatur finished the season with a 12-2 record and Greenwood said he was pleased overall.
“We had a great year,” he said. “We learned a lot.”
The team will graduate four players, all defenders – captain John Karacoulakis, Drew Haueisen, Eric Gwin and Hunter Wolf – who Greenwood said were major contributors.
They were solid in the back and helped hold opponents to just 10 goals in 14 games. They also contributed in goal scoring as well.
Despite losing four big players, Greenwood said he will have seven of his 11 starters back – as long as everyone returns.
“We have the manpower to replace them, position-wise, but, their lock-down ability may be tough to replace. They locked things down for us,” he said. “Two goals was the most any team scored on us. Defense definitely carried us this year. We need the offense to step up.”
During the offseason, the goal is to get the forwards and midfielders to work together to create scoring opportunities, he said.