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Decatur boys’ team edges out Parkside 4-3 in overtime

(Oct. 11, 2013) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team pulled out a 4-3 overtime victory over the Parkside Rams Tuesday in Salisbury.

“Im happy we won. It might not have been pretty, but a win’s a win,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “We definitely pulled together.”

Junior Evan Heim gave the visiting Seahawks a 1-0 lead 24 minutes into the game, netting a shot from about 25 yards out.

With about four minutes remaining in the first half, senior Danny Beck boosted Decatur’s advantage to two goals.

“The first half we played well. We dictated the tempo and we controlled a lot of the ball possession,” Greenwood said.

A little over a minute into the second half, Parkside scored. The Rams tallied two goals and had pulled ahead 3-2 by the midway point of the half.

Feeling a sense of urgency, Decatur turned up the pressure and “poured it on” late in the contest, Greenwood said, looking get a goal.

“We started off the second half flat. We were sloppy because we had the lead and we were overconfident,” Greenwood said. “The last three minutes we came alive and we were making somewhat better passes.”

Senior David Bernal-Clark buried the ball in the back of the net with 48 seconds on the clock to force overtime.

Before the extra period, Greenwood reminded his players what it feels like to be on the losing end of overtime–the Seahawks fell to Easton 1-0 last Thursday.

Parkside failed to capitalize on a scoring opportunity early in the 10-minute sudden-death overtime, but Decatur didn’t miss its mark. Senior forward Nick White, who played stopper for the Seahawks for some of the game because junior Corey Gwin is sidelined with an MCL strain, scored two and a half minutes into the extra period to end the match.

Decatur senior goalie Logan Thumma stopped 10 Parkside shots.

The Seahawks will go to Salisbury on Monday to play the Wi-Hi Indians.


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