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Decatur team starts off strong, but falls to N. Caroline, 2-0

Sept. 13, 2013) The boys’ soccer game between the Stephen Decatur Seahawks and North Caroline Bulldogs in Berlin last Friday was scoreless at the end of the first half.

“The first half we played fantastic. We did a lot of the things we’ve been working on in practice, like give-and-goes, and everything was clicking,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “We dominated. We started out really strong, but as the half went on we lost that intensity.”

Midway into the second half, the visiting Bulldogs were award a free kick on a Decatur foul just outside the 18-yard box. The kick was placed right on goal and North Caroline capitalized, knocking the ball past Decatur senior goalie Logan Thumma (seven saves).

About six minutes later, the Bulldogs scored a second goal to pull ahead 2-0 with 15 minutes remaining in the game.

“The first free kick was well placed and the second goal the same thing. They were both off set pieces and we didn’t defend well against them,” Greenwood said. “We needed to possess the ball better. In the second half we committed some dumb fouls. Fitness and dumb fouls were our downfall.”

Greenwood said the season opener was a learning experience for his team. He planned to take what was learned and incorporate it into training sessions this week.

The Seahawks’ next game is Tuesday against the Mardela Warriors in Mardela Springs.

tephen Decatur junior Graham Hall, center, battles with two North Caroline players during last Friday’s competition in Berlin. Decatur lost 2-0.

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