(Oct. 17, 2014) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team is playing well right now, just in time for post-season competition to begin next week.
“We’re clicking,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “The seniors know this is their last hurrah and they want to go out with a bang. Hopefully they are the ones who are the catalysts that drive the others.”
On Monday, Decatur’s seniors were honored before the team’s match against the Wi-Hi Indians. The Seahawks shut out their opponent 5-0.
Junior Jack Hammond beat the Wi-Hi keeper to a loose ball and scored to give the Seahawks a 1-0 lead a minute and a half into the game.
Sophomore Evan Conboy’s shot ricocheted off the crossbar and captain Alton Walker, a sophomore, finished it with about 20 minutes remaining in the half.
Freshman Tristan McDonough netted the Seahawks’ third goal at the 9:26 mark.
About four minutes before the break, junior Lupe Garcia beat his defender on the end line and took the ball to goal. He played it past the Wi-Hi goalie to boost Decatur’s advantage to four.
The visiting Indians were called for a handball in the box and the Seahawks were awarded a penalty shot. Senior captain Evan Heim capitalized and the home team led 5-0 with 2:11 left before halftime.
Senior Sean Colgan played in goal the first half for Decatur. David Garcia, a freshman, took over in the second half. They combined for eight saves.
Leading by five goals gave Greenwood ample opportunity to try players in different positions, he said.
“Overall, I thought we played well, much better than we have been the last couple games. We did the little things–short passes, worked the ball to the outside, checked to the ball–and that made the difference,” Greenwood said. “We did a lot of things we’ve been preaching all year and we’re doing it at the right time. We played as a team better than we did all season.”
Decatur will travel to Kent Island to play the Buccaneers on Monday.
The Seahawks (6-5) will compete in the regional tournament 3A South classification, Section I. The draw for tournament bracket seeding is scheduled for Monday. The first round of playoffs is set to begin on Friday, Oct. 24.