(Sept. 27, 2013) Practice paid off for the Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team as the Seahawks scored a big victory last Friday, shutting out the Queen Anne’s Lions 2-0 in Centreville.
Tyler Angelo passed to fellow senior Danny Beck, who shot the ball to the corner of the goal to put Decatur on top with about 14 minutes left in the first half.
“The first half we played really well. Our ball movement was extraordinary,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “We worked hard and we worked well off the ball. We had two good days of practice prior to the game. What we worked on in practice we executed.”
Greenwood said his players came out strong in the second half. About two minutes in, senior David Bernal-Clark netted a pass from junior Evan Heim.
The Seahawks got a sloppy and tired in the second half, Greenwood said, but they held the Lions scoreless.
“We didn’t play real well in the second half, but we came away with the win and a shutout,” he said.
Greenwood said his four defenders, played well and stood their ground. Junior Corey Gwin, who had been playing forward and in the midfield, found his fit in the back “where his defensive ability would be better utilized,” Greenwood said. He played stopper during the game with senior captain Jared King behind him at sweeper. They were flanked by Angelo and senior Joey Pishtey.
Behind them, Decatur senior goalie Logan Thumma made 10 saves.
“They beat us twice last year so we really wanted it,” Greenwood said. “It was a team effort. Everyone was on the same page.”
On Tuesday, Decatur traveled to Crisfield to face the Crabbers and came home with a 7-1 win.
Heim netted a shot about two and a half minutes into the game to give the Seahawks a 1-0 lead.
“We controlled possession the whole game,” Greenwood said.
The Seahawks started the second half with three forwards and tallied three goals in eight minutes. Nick White scored 1:10 into the half and about three minutes later, Gwin capitalized. White boosted the Berlin team’s lead to four at the eight-minute mark.
Crisfield scored its lone goal 12 minutes into the half.
Heim, White and Bernal-Clark finished the scoring for Decatur. Thumma logged 11 saves in goal for the Seahawks.
“We just wore them down and we got into our groove in the second half,” Greenwood said. “I thought we played well. Hopefully we can keep it up.”
Decatur will play Washington today, Friday, at 4 p.m. in Berlin.