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Decatur field hockey team ends season playing well

(Oct. 31, 2014) The Stephen Decatur field hockey team’s season came to an end last Friday in the second round of Section II of the 2A South Regional tournament.

All eight of the teams in the 2A South bracket were awarded first-round byes.

Decatur received the No. 4 seed and took on the top-seeded Kent Island Buccaneers in Stevensville, Oct. 24.

The Buccaneers led 2-0 at halftime and went on to win, 7-0.

“I thought we played really well. When we played them last time we lost 12-0,” said Decatur Coach Amy Matthews. “The score doesn’t reflect the game at all…It was a great way to end the season.”

Decatur junior goalie Sophia Clemente had logged 172 saves this season leading up to the game. She stopped 11 Kent Island shots.

Decatur finished the season 1-12. The first-year coach said the season was a good learning experience. Matthews said she enjoyed her first year leading the Seahawks, who, she added, learned to work together and play as a unit.

Eight seniors will graduate in May, about half of whom were starters.

“A lot of sophomores tried out this year. We moved a lot of them up for playoffs and they played really well,” Matthews said.

Those players, newcomers and veterans will help fill the spots left vacant by the graduating seniors, she said.

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