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Boys played well at end of season, Greenwood says

(Nov. 7, 2014) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team’s season came to a close, Oct. 28, with a 5-0 loss to the Huntingtown Hurricanes in the second round of Section I of the 3A South Regional tournament.

The visiting fourth-seeded Seahawks had limited time to warm up because they arrived later than expected to the stadium.

“They scored three goal in 20 minutes. By the time we knew what hit us the game was over,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood.

The top-seeded Hurricanes led 4-0 at halftime.

“We just had no offense,” Greenwood said. “They marked very well and we had a problem marking them.”

Freshman David Garcia, who jammed his fingers during warm-up, started in goal for Decatur. He stopped six shots and allowed three goals.

Senior Sean Colgan took over and Greenwood said he “had the game of his life.” He made 10 saves.

Decatur advanced to the second round after edging out the No. 5 Northeast Eagles of Anne Arundel, 2-1, on Oct. 24 in Berlin.

Northeast scored about 12 minutes into the game. Decatur junior Drew Baker answered 1:31 before halftime.

“We had a lot of opportunities in the opening minutes, we just couldn’t put it away,” Greenwood said.

Senior captain Chris Poole netted the game-winner with about 11 minutes left in the game.

Garcia started in goal for Decatur and made seven saves. He injured his back diving for the ball with 13 minutes remaining. Colgan finished the game and stopped three shots.

“I thought we played better than we have played a majority of the year,” Greenwood said. “The seniors really took a leadership role. They didn’t want to look back at the last time playing on their home field having a loss. That motivated them.”

Decatur finished the season 7-6.

“Early-season losses killed us. After that, we put it together,” Greenwood said. “Our record is not indicative of how well we did at the end of the season.”

Nine seniors will graduate, but many underclassmen saw a good amount of playing time this season, so Greenwood said the program’s future looks bright.

“I think we got the ball rolling on next year,” he said. “Hopefully the amount of playing time they got will help them next year.”

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