(Sept. 20, 2013) The Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team had some difficulty in the beginning of Monday’s game playing on the Mardela Warrior’s field, which is shorter than the Seahawks’, but they made adjustments and came away with a 6-0 shutout.
“We definitely weren’t playing our best soccer, but we picked it up a little bit in the second half,” said Decatur Coach Misty Bunting.
Center midfielder, junior Jillian Petito, scored twice in the first half to give Decatur a 2-0 lead going into the break.
“We struggled a little bit with the size of the field. It’s smaller, so it was harder for us to play the through balls (to the forwards) behind the defense to space because of the length of the field,” Bunting said. “There was no space [Monday]. We changed our game up a bit and adjusted our formation.”
Senior captain Rebecca Lederman netted two goals in the second half to boost the Seahawks’ advantage to 4-0.
Kayla Alcantar, a junior, recorded the team’s fifth goal. Lederman scored on a breakaway to finish the competition with a hat trick.
The Decatur defensive line, which consists of senior captain Rebecca Haskell, sophomore Lexi McDonough and juniors Allyson Beck and Jenna Leitgeb, was solid, Bunting said. The Warriors struggled to get off quality shots on goal.
Sophomore goalie Alexis Gausepohl was never challenged in the first half. Freshman Rachel Florek made one save in the second half.
The Seahawks will host the James M. Bennett Clippers on Monday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.