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Seahawks struggle to play possession game, still win 4-0

(Oct. 4, 2013) It may not have been the Seahawks’ best performance, but the Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team still managed to pull out a 4-0 victory over the Washington Jaguars last Friday in Berlin.

“I thought we started off OK and then as the half went on, as the game went on, we definitely started playing down to their level. We just weren’t playing our possession game,” said Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood. “We got out of our game a little bit because everybody wanted to push forward. And we tried new things and we have some people injured, too. We were putting people in positions that aren’t normal in those positions so that kind of stresses the system a little bit.”

Senior Zak Hoshino scored two and a half minutes into the game. David Bernal-Clark gave Decatur a two-goal cushion three minutes before halftime.

Hoshino netted his second goal of the match at the 26-minute mark. Senior Nick White knocked in the Seahawks’ final goal with about 10 minutes left on the clock.

Decatur goalie Logan Thumma, a senior, stopped seven Jaguars shots.

On Tuesday, the Snow Hill Eagles came to Berlin for a competition against Decatur. The visiting Eagles tallied a goal two minutes into the game. White evened the score 13 minutes later. The teams went into the halftime break tied 1-1.

“We got out of our game in the first half. Snow Hill played very well and I think we underestimated them,” Greenwood said. “We played very flat, like we were going to have a walk in the park.”

Greenwood tried to light a fire under the Seahawks and motivate them during the break.

He said they “got rolling” in the second half, tallying five goals.

Eighteen minutes into the second half, Hoshino gave Decatur the go-ahead goal. Two minutes later, freshman Alton Walker netted a shot. Two minutes after that, senior Tyler Angelo boosted the Seahawks’ lead to 4-1.

Hoshino and junior Evan Heim finished the scoring for Decatur. Thumma recorded six saves.

“We were a little more fired up in the second half and we played better soccer,” Greenwood said after the 6-1 win. “[Snow Hill’s] goalie is what kept them in it. We just wore them down.”

Decatur and Parkside will compete on Tuesday in Salisbury.

Stephen Decatur senior Zak Hoshino dribbles the ball up the field during last Friday’s game against Washington. He netted two goals in Decatur’s 4-0 victory.

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