Ocean City Today

Boys ‘peaking’ as reg. playoffs start

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 26, 2017

(Oct. 27 2017) The Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team earned the No. 3 seed in Section II of the 3A East Region and will battle the second-seeded Chesapeake Cougars of Anne Arundel on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Pasadena.

The Seahawks fought hard, but came up a bit short, falling 1-0 to the Cougars during the 3A East Region Section II finals last year.

Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood thought his players gave all they had from the first whistle to the last, but they struggled to generate offense against Chesapeake, whose players were much larger in stature.

Greenwood said he is expecting a physical game when the Seahawks meet the Cougars again.

“We play better when it’s physical,” he said. “It’s definitely a winnable game.”

Decatur finished the regular season with a 6-3-3 record and received a first-round tournament bye.

Despite having to travel to play, Greenwood said the Seahawks perform well on the road.

“I think we’ve played much better on the road than we have at home this year,” Greenwood said. “This year’s team plays better on bigger fields than [Decatur] teams have in the past. It gives us a little bit more space to work off each other better.”

Greenwood said Chesapeake has a large turf field, which he is looking forward to playing on.

The Seahawks are peaking as the playoffs begin, he added. The new formation is working well and players are settling into their positions and learning their roles.

Decatur wrapped up the regular season with a 2-2 tie after double-overtime with James M. Bennett, which he said was a good game going into the regional tournament.

“It was a good test. It was a physical game, it went into double overtime [and] we were down and we had to fight back,” he said. “It was a good tune-up going into playoffs.”

To be successful, Greenwood said the Seahawks need to do the “little things.”

“Those make a big difference,” he said. “If we do those little things – dot all the ‘I’s and cross all the ‘T’s – if we execute the things we practice, it should be a good postseason.”

Greenwood hopes his team can get a win over Chesapeake, so Decatur can battle Bennett again.

Bennett, the No. 1 seed, was scheduled to play the fourth-seeded Northeast Eagles of Anne Arundel on Tuesday as well. The winners of the Decatur-Chesapeake and Bennett-Northeast matches will go head-to-head on Friday, Nov. 3.

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