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Fluty: The team we had was better than our (2-11) record

(Nov. 1, 2013) Kent Island brought the Stephen Decatur field hockey team’s season to an abrupt end last Thursday as the Buccaneers knocked the Seahawks out of the 2A South Regional tournament.

Top-seeded Kent Island won the second round of the 2A South Section II division in convincing style, 9-0 against the No. 4 Seahawks.

“We started out playing strong, especially in the midfield, but then we had some mental breakdowns,” said Decatur Coach Michelle Fluty.

Kent Island led 3-0 at halftime. When the home team scored its fourth goal, it took the wind out of the Seahawks’ sails.

Decatur senior goalie Abby Friedman played in goal the first half and the final 10 minutes of the game. She stopped 12 Kent Island shots. Sophomore Sophia Clemente was in goal for Decatur the first 20 minutes of the second half. She recorded seven saves.

Decatur finished the season 2-11.

“Overall, I think we underperformed. I feel like the team we had was better than our record,” Fluty said. “We were physically strong in games, in terms of fitness and aggressiveness, but mentally, there were a lot of breakdowns that we weren’t making corrections of this season.”

Seven seniors will graduate from the 2013 team. A majority of them were starters. Ten players are slated to return next season.

“It leaves a lot of openings with seven graduating. It will be interesting to see who steps up next year to take their places,” Fluty said. “There will also be some JV players coming up with a lot of potential.”

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