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Seahawks shut out Wi-Hi; Petito leads with 3 goals

(Oct. 10, 2014) The Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team shut out the Wi-Hi Indians 6-0 on Tuesday, but it was far from the Lady Seahawks’ best performance.

“This was a rough game for them. They all had some bad games, so hopefully they can get that out of their system because this definitely wasn’t up to par,” Decatur Coach Maggie Berke said after the match at Seahawk Stadium. “I think definitely part of it was playing down to [Wi-Hi’s] level and another part of it was all the junk food they just consumed at the bake sale prior to the game…”

Annually, the team has a “Pink Game” and hosts a bake sale to benefit breast cancer research, programs and awareness. The Seahawks wore white socks with pink ribbons on them and other pink accessories. The team’s leaders also donned pink captain bands.

Senior captain Jillian Petito scored Decatur’s first goal about 14 minutes into the game. Payton VanKirk, a senior captain, rebounded her own shot and was successful on the second attempt to give the Seahawks a two-goal cushion at the halftime break.

Three minutes into the second half, Petito lofted a corner kick in front of the Wi-Hi goal and Lexie VanKirk, a sophomore, headed the ball past the Indians’ keeper.

Petito netted two shots in less than three minutes to boost Decatur’s advantage to five goals.

Payton VanKirk tallied the home team’s sixth goal with five minutes remaining in the match.

Junior Lexi Gausepohl played in goal the first half for Decatur. Sophomore Rachel Florek took over for the second half. Neither was challenged.

“They know going into a team like this it’s going to be an easy one, two and done game. I still expect them to play their best and at their level every game no matter their opponent,” Berke said. “There’s not much more I can teach them at this point. They need to want it…I know they’ll pick it up and they’ll get it together.”

The Seahawks will face much stronger competition on Tuesday, when the Parkside Rams come to Berlin for a 4 p.m. match-up. When the teams went head-to-head on Oct. 2, the game in Salisbury ended in a 1-1 tie.

Stephen Decatur sophomore Lexie VanKirk takes the ball from a W-Hi player during Tuesday’s game in Berlin. VanKirk scored one goal in Decatur’s 6-0 shutout.

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