(Oct. 12, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team earned victories over the Pocomoke Warriors and Mardela Warriors this week as the Seahawks edge closer to competing in the Bayside Conference championship game.

Decatur hosted Pocomoke on Monday and pulled out a 2-1 win.

Junior captain John Karacoulakis scored 30 seconds into the game off a senior Brady Ford assist to give the Seahawks a 1-0 lead. He made it 2-0 about eight minutes later.

Pocomoke capitalized on a penalty shot in the second half to cut Decatur’s lead to one, but the home team held on for the victory.

Senior captain Brett Berquist recorded six saves in the goal for Decatur.

“We came out of the gate fast and played really well for the wet field conditions we had to play on,” Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said. “Scoring 30 seconds in and eight minutes in, I thought we were cruising along. We were moving the ball around, then we just slowed down and took our foot off the gas and then we couldn’t score.”

Mardela and Decatur met in Salisbury on Wednesday. The Seahawks shut out their opponent, 5-0.

Ford scored about four minutes into the game, followed by two goals by senior Brooks Wingert. Sophomore Kellen Catrino increased Decatur’s advantage to four, 1:03 before halftime.

“In the first half we played a little sluggish,” Greenwood said. “We scored early and that kind of set the tone, but then we kind of laid off a bit, but then we turned it back on.”

Karacoulakis netted a shot less than two minutes before halftime.

Berquist stopped eight Mardela shots.

Decatur will host the Queen Anne’s Lions on Monday at 5:30 p.m. The senior Seahawks will be recognized before the competition.

The last game of the regular season is Wednesday at 4 p.m against the James M. Bennett Clippers in Salisbury. If Decatur wins, the team will represent the Bayside South in the conference championship game the following week.

“They look good. I think we’re passing the ball better than we have been and we’re communicating better,” Greenwood said. “We’re moving in the right direction. Everyone’s settling into their positions and getting experience where we want them to. Hopefully it continues.”

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