(Oct. 25, 2013) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team hoped to use the large Washington College field to its advantage, but the game plan didn’t work out for the Seahawks in their 3-0 loss to the Easton Warriors in the Bayside Conference championship Monday.
“Going into the game, I thought we’d play better because it’s a big field and we’d have more space to work. We worked on spreading the field during practice,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “But there was too much space and it didn’t play to our advantage. We tried to play spread out, what we play on our field. We tried to play a big game on a big field, but we should have played a small game on a big field.”
Greenwood said the Warriors had the Seahawks back on their heels in the first half. Decatur had trouble generating any offense, he said. Easton, meanwhile, raced to a 2-0 halftime lead.
Greenwood said he made some strategic moves and shifted players around in the second half. The Seahawks had some opportunities, but the Warriors packed in the defensive end and held Decatur scoreless.
“We’ve got to find our heart,” Greenwood said. “I try to take every loss as a positive. I hope this is a wake-up call.”
The next day before practice, Greenwood hung a motivational sign on the goal net as the Seahawks now prepare for the playoffs.
Decatur (10-3), who has been hampered by injuries, received the No. 2 seed in Section I of the 3A South regional tournament and a first-round bye. The squad will play the No. 3 Northeast (AA) Eagles Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. in Berlin.
“I’m optimistic. We need a good week of training, hard work and focus,” Greenwood said earlier this week. “I hope to have a good showing on Tuesday.”