(Oct. 18, 2019) The Stephen Decatur field hockey team earned its third victory of the season, edging out the Saint Michaels Saints, 2-1, on Monday in Berlin.
“The girls played well and they fought hard,” Decatur Coach Amy Matthews said.
The Lady Seahawks started off strong, scoring within the first five minutes of the game. Senior Alexa Upperman netted a pass from senior captain Haley Triplett to put Decatur on the board.
“It was a good pass and a good shot on goal,” Matthews said.
St. Michaels tied it up midway into the half.
Matthews thought the Lady Seahawks played well in the first half. Missing a player who was sick, Matthews moved players around to find the perfect combination that worked.
Sophomore Kira DiPietro broke the tie with 19 minutes left in the game, scoring off a pass from sophomore Skylar Griffin.
Decatur had a few chances to add an insurance goal, but was unable to capitalize.
St. Michaels had several opportunities to even it at two, especially late in the game.
With under a minute on the clock, Decatur was called for a foul, so St. Michaels was awarded a corner. The Saints failed to score as time ran out, but they were awarded another corner because of a foul by the Seahawks. The same thing happened a couple more times, until Decatur was finally able to get the ball out of the circle to end the game.
“You have to play the corner out. We kept fouling and they kept getting corners,” Matthews said. “All we had to do was get it out of the circle.”
Decatur senior goalie Alexa Duvall recorded six saves.
Both the coaching staff and players were excited to get their third win of the season and put two shots in the goal.
“They wanted it so bad. It was intense. You couldn’t breathe,” Matthews said. “The last couple of minutes were crazy.”
To get their third win of the season was “huge,” Matthews said.
“I can’t remember when we won three games [in a season],” she said. “And to get some goals is nice too.”
Matthews has seen improvement in her players, many of whom didn’t have much experience playing the sport coming into the season.
“A lot of the girls have stepped up,” Matthews said. “They’ve been motivated to go out and win. They push each other so much. I’m really proud of them and excited for them.”
Decatur’s last game of the regular season was scheduled for yesterday, Thursday, against the Pocomoke Warriors in Pocomoke.
Seeding for the regional/state tournament will take place on Monday. First-round action is slated to begin on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Decatur will compete in the 2A East Region.