(Nov. 8, 2013) The second-seeded Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team struggled to capitalize on its scoring opportunities during last Friday’s 3A South Regional tournament Section I finals against the No. 1 Northern Patriots of Calvert County in Owings, Md. Northern scored twice in the second half to win, 2-0.
“We started off slow. We didn’t come out and press right away like we talked about,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “They had numerous chances to score in the first half and I think we had one shot on goal.”
Greenwood told his players during the halftime break, with the score tied 0-0, that if they wanted to move on in the regional tournament, they needed to step up.
“We controlled the game in the second half,” Greenwood said. “If we’d just been able to put one away, that would have changed the whole dynamic.”
Northern scored with about nine minutes left in the game. The Patriots netted their second goal with three minutes remaining.
“We had some good opportunities, we just couldn’t find the back of the net,” Greenwood said. “Their keeper made some decent saves that kept them in the game.”
Decatur senior goalie Logan Thumma stopped 10 shots in the first half and six in the second.
Senior Tyler Angelo played in goal the final six minutes of the competition and made two saves.
The Seahawks (11-4) finished as the top team in the Bayside South Conference. Greenwood said he was pleased with the season overall.
“I’m happy with how the kids came out and performed and worked hard. They adapted to new positions and they gave everything they had,” Greenwood said.
The team will lose nine seniors, each of whom started at one point this season, to graduation.
“That’s going to be tough to replace, but the young guys are working hard and we’ve got about five kids who make up the core nucleus coming back,” Greenwood said. “The JV boys, there’s a lot of talent there too.”
Greenwood said he is already looking forward to next season.