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Ladies struggle to play as cohesive unit

(Sept. 27, 2013) The Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team struggled to play as a cohesive unit in its 5-2 loss to the James M. Bennett Clippers on Monday in Berlin.
“[Bennett] hustled more and played a more intense game. They played a very smart and very good game, sending girls through and we couldn’t handle it,” said Decatur Coach Misty Bunting. “We just didn’t play well as a team.”
The Lady Seahawks got on the board first with a goal by junior Payton VanKirk about 12 minutes into the game, but the home team didn’t capitalizes on several additional scoring opportunities, Bunting said.
The visiting Clippers scored twice before halftime to lead 2-1 at the break.
Bennett tacked on four additional goals in the second half to increase its advantage. Freshman Bridgette Ardis netted Decatur’s second goal with about 17 minutes left in the competition.
Decatur freshman goalie Rachel Florek was in several one-on-one situations with Bennett offensive players and came up with some big saves. She stopped six shots.
“We had some miscommunication in the back. Our back four, which are very consistent, and our play up the middle of the field, which is typically the strongest and very consistent, we struggled a little bit through there and we felt it all over the field,” she said.
Bunting said the loss was humbling for the Seahawks and they know what they need to work on.
Decatur will host the Wi-Hi Indians at 5:30 p.m. today, Friday.

Decatur sophomore Lexi McDonough, right, competes with a James M. Bennett player.

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