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(Oct. 8, 2021) The Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team shut out the Mardela Warriors, 8-0, on Tuesday in Berlin.

“They played really well. We found a starting 11 that’s playing cohesive soccer as a unit,” said Decatur Coach Rich Venere. “They’re more consistent and they know where each player is at, and what to do with the ball when they receive it.”

Decatur scored three goals in the first half and five in the second.

Junior captain Mia Kemp led the Lady Seahawks with two goals.

Sophomores Morgan Sullivan, Kayla Rocco, and juniors Sadie Peters, Madi Diehl, Deanna Dodson and captain Hannah Dang netted one goal each.

“It was a well-balanced attack,” Venere said. “We had eight goals and seven goal scorers. It was also great to see the reserves get in and have a lot of success.”

Venere praised the midfielders’ – especially Dodson and sophomore Katelynn King –success getting the ball to the forwards.

“They did a great job playing the ball beyond their last defender,” Venere said. “[Junior] Keeley Catrino, an outside back, did a great job engaging with the offense. She looked comfortable with the ball at her feet going forward.”

Junior Jessica Beck stopped 10 Mardela shots.

Decatur will host the James M. Bennett Clippers on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Berlin for the team’s Senior Night.

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