LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
(Oct. 12, 2012) It wasn’t a stellar performance by any stretch, but the Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team played well enough Tuesday to win 4-0 over the Wi-Hi Indians in Salisbury.
“We certainly didn’t play our best soccer. The girls were just a little flat and a little bit off in the first half,” said Decatur Coach Misty Bunting. “We looked much better in the second half. We were talking a lot more and we were working the ball around the field. We’re just having trouble finishing. We still aren’t taking advantage of our scoring opportunities.”
Junior Liz Rougcher put Decatur on the board midway into the first half. About a minute before the halftime break, senior Brittney Calandra extended the Seahawks’ lead to two goals.
In the second half, Bunting moved junior captain Rebecca Lederman up from the sweeper position into the midfield to gain additional offensive production. Lederman scored about 15 minutes into the half. She was then pushed up to the forward line and about 10 minutes after her first goal, she netted a second.
“She’s intense, she’s focused and she’s aggressive, not to mention a very good soccer player,” Bunting said of Lederman.
The Seahawks will take a trip to Salisbury today, Friday, for a game against the James M. Bennett Clippers.
When the teams met on Sept. 24, Decatur won 3-0.
“We need to focus on finishing. We’ve got to settle the ball down and playing smarter,” Bunting said. “We’ve got to work on receiving the ball on offense and taking the shot.”
Decatur will wrap up regular-season play at home next week with games against Kent Island on Monday, followed by Parkside on Tuesday. The team will sell homemade baked goods during the Oct. 16 match. All proceeds will benefit Women Supporting Women, a local agency that provides support and services for Eastern Shore breast cancer survivors and their families. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, and donations will be accepted, as well. The players will also don some pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The final regular-season game is set for Thursday at home against Wi-Hi. Decatur seniors will be recognized that day.