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SD Lady Seahawks shine in ‘13 season opener

(Sept. 13, 2013) The Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team kicked off the 2013 season with a bang, outscoring the Queen Anne’s Lions 7-1 in last Friday’s season opener at Seahawk Stadium in Berlin.

“I thought we played really well overall,” said Decatur Coach Misty Bunting. “The midfield, anchored by (senior) Liz Rougcher and (junior) Jillian Petito, was composed, they settled the ball and did a good job feeding balls to the forwards, and the back four [defenders]–(senior captain) Rebecca Haskell, (sophomore) Lexi McDonough, (junior) Ally Beck and (junior) Jenna Leitgeb–were so solid the whole game.”

Junior Payton VanKirk put Decatur on the board with a goal four minutes into the game.

At the 16-minute mark, senior captain Rebecca Lederman was wide open and shot the ball past the Queen Anne’s goalie. With about five minutes remaining in the first half, Lederman challenged the keeper for a loose ball, won it and scored to put Decatur on top 3-0.

The Lions netted a penalty shot, awarded on a Decatur foul inside the 18-yard box, six and a half minutes into the second half to cut the lead to two.

The home team answered, scoring four goals. Freshman Lexi VanKirk netted one and Lederman tallied three to finish the day with five goals.

Decatur sophomore goalie Alexis Gausepohl stopped 11 Queen Annes’ shots.

“She’s more confident and vocal in the goal this year,” Bunting said of Gausepohl. “She’s becoming a leader in the back.”

Bunting said she was very happy with the Seahawks’ performance and the victory was a perfect way to start the season.

“The girls were so focused and determined. They played good, controlled, quality soccer and that’s what we’ve been woking on,” she said. “From the back to the front, youngest to oldest, everyone contributed to the game.”

The Seahawks are scheduled for a trip to Mardela Springs Monday to battle the Mardela Warriors.

The Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team’s midfield was anchored by junior Jillian Petito, above, and senior Liz Rougcher, during last Friday’s season opener against Queen Anne’s in Berlin, Coach Misty Bunting said. Decatur won 7-1.

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