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GIRLS EARN BIG VICTORIES

Decatur outscores Bucs 9-1, then Rams 3-1 the next day

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor


Stephen Decatur junior goalie Ashley DePaul comes out of the net to pick off a loose ball during Tuesday’s game against Parkside in Berlin. DePaul made 14 saves in Decatur’s 3-1 victory. 
OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI Stephen Decatur junior goalie Ashley DePaul comes out of the net to pick off a loose ball during Tuesday’s game against Parkside in Berlin. DePaul made 14 saves in Decatur’s 3-1 victory.OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI(Oct. 19, 2012) The Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team fell behind early during Monday’s game against the Kent Island Buccaneers, but the Lady Seahawks bounced back and reeled off nine unanswered goals.

“We tend to struggle the first 10 minutes of the game and teams take advantage of that,” said Decatur Coach Misty Bunting after her team’s 9-1 victory. “The first 20 minutes of the game we were flat. The last 60 minutes of the game were good.”

Three minutes into the game, Kent Island scored. About 13 minutes later, senior Tori Whigham tallied a goal and then junior Rebecca Haskell put Decatur on top 2-1. Senior Brittney Calandra boosted the advantage to 3-1 before the halftime break.


Stephen Decatur junior Rebecca Lederman (9) steals the ball from a Parkside player during Tuesday’s game in Berlin. Decatur won 3-1. 
OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI Stephen Decatur junior Rebecca Lederman (9) steals the ball from a Parkside player during Tuesday’s game in Berlin. Decatur won 3-1.OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLIWhigham netted a shot about three minutes into the second half, followed by two Calandra goals. Whigham recorded the home team’s seventh goal, and sophomore Jillian Petito and senior Alex Pinto rounded out the scoring for Decatur.

Junior goalie Ashley De- Paul stopped 15 Kent Island shots.

“We came out in the second half and we were talking more and we played the ball on the ground,” Bunting said.

The next day, the Parkside Rams came to Berlin. When the teams met on Oct. 2 in Salisbury, Parkside won 3-1. Bunting said the Rams took advantage of her team’s mistakes, but the Seahawks’ didn’t do the same. Decatur also struggled to find the back of the net, she said.

On Tuesday, Bunting said the Seahawks looked confident during warmups and they were ready to compete from the first whistle. Whigham shot the ball over the Parkside goalie to give Decatur a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the contest.

About two minutes into the second half, freshman Alexis McDonough curved a free kick from the sideline near the corner into the box and Calandra deflected the ball in the goal.

Three minutes later, Parkside cut the lead to one.

With just under two minutes remaining in the competition, Whigham went one-on-one with the Parkside goalie, knocked it past her and found Calandra who had an open net to shoot on.

DePaul recorded 14 saves.

“The girls played great. It’s always an aggressive game and they maintained their composure,” Bunting said. “We played our game. I’m proud of the girls. They worked hard for it. It was a really good win for the team.”

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