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SD earns spot in Bayside title game

(Oct. 18, 2013) With a 4-3 victory over the Wi-Hi Indians Monday, the Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team took one step closer to representing the Bayside South in the conference championship game next week.

“They came through and pulled it out, but it wasn’t pretty,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood.

The Seahawks, who had four starters sidelined with injuries (three knee, one ankle) and some players in different positions, fell behind early when the Indians scored three minutes into the game in Salisbury.

Decatur senior Nick White tied it about 15 minutes later.

Wi-Hi netted two goals in seven minutes to pull ahead 3-1.

After the goal, Decatur junior Sean Colgan took over for senior Logan Thumma in the net.

Trying to motivate the Seahawks to step up their game, Greenwood warned his players during the halftime break that their dream of a Bayside championship was slipping away.

Fourteen minutes into the second half, senior Zach Elmer cut Wi-Hi’s lead to one.

At the 25-minute mark, White evened the score 3-3.

With six minutes remaining in the contest, senior David Bernal-Clark buried a free kick from about 20 yards into the back of the goal to give Decatur its first lead of the night and the Seahawks held on for the victory.

Thumma and Colgan combined for nine saves.

“We played better in the second half,” Greenwood said. “We controlled the ball a lot more and we had more (scoring) opportunities.”

Decatur needed a win Wednesday over the James M. Bennett Clippers to secure a spot in the Oct. 21 Bayside Conference championship game.

With 5:50 remaining in the game, Decatur freshman Alton Walker scored and it was enough for the victory.

“I felt that we kind of controlled the game,” Greenwood said. “We played hard. The boys were fired up. They knew what was on the line.”

Thumma came up with some big saves in goal for Decatur. He stopped 10 Bennett shots.

“After a shaky game on Monday, he played fantastic [Wednesday],” Greenwood said.

Decatur will battle the Easton Warriors for the Bayside title on Monday at Washington College.

Greenwood said the Seahawks are looking to avenge their Oct. 3, 1-0 loss to the Warriors.

Also on Monday is the draw for positions in the regional tournament brackets. Decatur will compete in Section I of the 3A South division. First-round play is scheduled to begin Oct. 25.

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