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Lady Seahawks score 21 goals in two games, only give up two

(Oct. 4, 2013) The Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team scored 21 goals in two games and gave up just two as the Lady Seahawks earned a 10-2 victory over the Wi-Hi Indians, and a few days later, shut out the North Caroline Bulldogs 11-0.

Last Friday the Indians came to Seahawk Stadium in Berlin to battle Decatur.

About three minutes into the game, senior captain Liz Rougcher scored off a pass from junior Jillian Petito.

Less than a minute later, senior captain Rebecca Lederman capitalized on a penalty shot.

Junior Rachel Bourne and Petito tallied goals to put Decatur on top 4-0. Wi-Hi scored with just under five minutes remaining in the first half.

The home team tacked on six goals in the second half and limited the Indians to one.

Petito led the Seahawks with two goals and four assists. Freshman Bridgette Ardis logged two goals and two assists. Bourne and Lederman finished the game with two goals apiece and Rougcher and sophomore Erin Smith each scored once.

Decatur sophomore goalie Lexi Gausepohl stopped three Wi-Hi shots.

“It was a great effort by the girls. It was nice we had five different girls score, so it was a true team effort,” said Decatur Coach Misty Bunting. “We wanted to work the ball around the field and set the goals up and not just run-and-gun and Jillian did a good job with that.”

On Tuesday, during the Seahawks’ Senior Night, where the three 12th graders-Lederman, Rougcher and Rebecca Haskell–were honored during halftime, Decatur won 11-0 over North Caroline.

Lederman led the charge with five goals. Petito and sophomore Lexi McDonough netted two goals each and Rougcher and freshman Lexi VanKirk scored one apiece.

Gausepohl recorded two saves in the first half. Freshman Rachel Florek stopped six Bulldogs’ shots in the second half.

“We did well with moving the ball around the field, we made sure we maintained our width and we communicated well,” Bunting said. “We did a good job playing the way we wanted to play.”

Decatur will travel to Salisbury on Monday to play Wi-Hi again.

Stephen Decatur junior Jillian Petito looks to distribute the ball to the forward line during last Friday’s game against Wi-Hi. Petito scored two goals and had four assists in Decatur’s 10-2 win.

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