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Girls struggle to find net in 3-1 loss to Parkside

Bunting: we dominated, but we couldn’t put the ball away against Rams

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

Decatur Coach Misty Bunting Decatur Coach Misty Bunting (Oct. 5, 2012) Capitalizing on scoring opportunities and on opponents’ mistakes were key factors in Tuesday’s girls’ soccer game between the Stephen Decatur Lady Seahawks and Parkside Rams.

“I thought we played well, particularly in the second half. We out-shot them in the first half, but we were playing too much kickball and we wore ourselves down chasing,” Decatur Coach Misty Bunting said after her team’s 3-1 loss to Parkside in Salisbury. “The kids were pumped up and ready. They wanted that game, but [Parkside] took advantage of our mistakes and we didn’t take advantage of theirs.”

Parkside led 1-0 at halftime and tacked on a second goal in the second half. Shortly after, Decatur sophomore Jenna Leitgeb cut the Rams’ lead to one.

The home team tallied a third goal and held on to win 3-1.

“In the second half, the girls came back, they fought and they didn’t give up,” Bunting said. “We had more opportunities in the second half, but we couldn’t find the back of the net. It was frustrating because we dominated, but we couldn’t put the ball away.”

Decatur junior goalie Ashley DePaul stopped 12 Parkside shots.

On Tuesday, the Seahawks will again travel to Salisbury, this time to play the Wi-Hi Indians.

“They’re a team we can’t take lightly. They have a solid keeper and they’re going to come out strong and we need to do the same,” Bunting said. “It’s going to be a really tough game, but we know what we need to do to win.”

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