LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
Stephen Decatur junior Erin Florek, right, battles for the ball with a James M. Bennett player during Monday’s game in Berlin. Bennett won 2-1.OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI(Sept. 28, 2012) As Stephen Decatur Coach Michelle Fluty watched the Lady Seahawks’ warm up before Monday’s field hockey game against the James M. Bennett Clippers, she noticed the girls didn’t seem focused.
The visiting Clippers took full advantage of the girls’ lackluster behavior, scoring two goals in the first half.
“The girls were kind of fooling around in warm-ups and the first half we came out flat. I really feel like we warmed up for the first half and that’s unfortunate,” Fluty said after Decatur’s 2-1 loss to Bennett. “It was the same kind of issues — we weren’t marking up so we were giving them shots and opportunities to score.”
The Seahawks improved their level of play in the second half. Decatur continued to pressured the Bennett goal and was finally successful. Junior Cassidy Remmell scored with 10 minutes remaining in the match. The goal boosted the Seahawks’ confidence, Fluty said, and the home team battled to tie the score, but they ran out of time.
“They realized, ‘We can do this. We can hang with this team,’ and were stepping to the ball and pressuring and supporting each other,” Fluty said. “But at that point, most of the game was over and we didn’t have time to take advantage. The last half of the second half, they played up to their potential. [For] about 15 minutes we actually played [well], but it took 45 minutes to warm up and get to where we should have been at the start of the game.”
Freshman Sophia Clementi, who started in goal for Decatur, recorded three saves. Abby Friedman, a junior, played in the cage in the second half and stopped six Bennett shots.
The Seahawks will have a game on the road Monday against the St. Michaels Saints.
“We’re playing for the post season, so we’ve just got to get better with each game and stop making the same mistakes that we’ve corrected at practice. We’re looking forward to the second half of the season,” Fluty said.