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Seahawks step up in second half; top Mardela Warriors 8-2

Decatur squad scores six goals in final 40 minutes to edge out its opponent

 LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

Stephen Decatur senior Andrew Ternahan (22) shields the ball from Mardela player during Monday’s game in Berlin. Decatur won 8-2. 
OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI Stephen Decatur senior Andrew Ternahan (22) shields the ball from Mardela player during Monday’s game in Berlin. Decatur won 8-2. OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI (Oct. 5, 2012) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team had its share scoring opportunities in the first half of Monday’s game against the Mardela Warriors in Berlin, though the Seahawks only netted two shots.

The home team stepped up in the second half of play, scoring six goals to win the match 8-2.

Senior Kaelan Patterson gave Decatur a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. The Seahawks continued to pressure the Mardela goal, but they just couldn’t move the ball past the keeper. At the 26-minute mark, Decatur senior Andrew Ternahan was fouled and awarded a penalty shot. It ricocheted off the post and the follow-up shot sailed over the goal.

About 12 minutes before the halftime break, junior Nick White was unmarked when he received the ball. He tapped it past the Warriors’ goalie charging to challenged him, and shot into an open net to put Decatur on top 2-0.

Decatur Coach J. Greenwood Decatur Coach J. Greenwood Minutes later, the Seahawks suffered an unfortunate mishap when a ball passed back to sophomore goalie Sean Colgan from junior defender Jared King went into the goal. Decatur headed into halftime ahead 2-1.

“We were 0-10 [scoring] on corner kicks in the first half. We were having finishing issues and we weren’t hustling,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “At halftime we talked about taking more intelligent shots, our number of touches on the ball — we were taking too many touches in the first half, playing the ball to the 6-yard mark and being more active off the ball, and they did that in the second half.”

Junior Zak Hoshino scored four minutes into the second half, but shortly after, Mardela cut Decatur’s lead to one.

The Seahawks tallied five goals in the final 25 minutes to secure an 8-2 victory. Hoshino, juniors David Bernal-Clark, Danny Beck and Jeb Kvarda and senior Aldo Santana each scored goals.

Colgan stopped one Mardela shot in the first half. Junior Logan Thumma made two saves in the second half.

“We picked up the pace of play in the second half,” Greenwood said.

The Washington Jaguars will travel to BerlinonMondayfora4p.m.game against the Seahawks.

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