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Boys soccer game between Decatur and JMB ends 2-2

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 19, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur junior captain Kevin Beck jumps to head the ball during Tuesday’s game against James M. Bennett in Berlin. He netted Decatur’s second goal to even the score, 2-2. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.

(Oct. 20, 2017) After 80 minutes of regulation play and two 10-minute overtime periods, the boys soccer game between the Stephen Decatur Seahawks and James M. Bennett Clippers on Tuesday in Berlin ended in a 2-2 tie.

The visiting Clippers knocked in two goals first, to take a 2-0 lead.

“I think we were a little bit shell-shocked. They had some fast players,” Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said. “I don’t think my defenders expected them to be that fast. We gave them too much room to play. [On] both goals, we lost our marks.”

Greenwood tried to settle his players down, telling them to “calm down. We have a lot of soccer left to play.”

“We started to knock the ball around more,” he said.

With a little under 23 minutes remaining in the first half, junior Brady Ford played a corner kick on the ground across the goal and his brother, John, buried it in the back of the net.

“We’ve been practicing that. We must have did it 20 times [during Monday’s practice],” Greenwood said. “Brady plays the ball very well. We’ve scored quite a few goals off corners this year.”

About six minutes before halftime, sophomore Brian Rodriguez fired a shot that the Bennett goalie bobbled. Junior captain Kevin Beck got the rebound and scored to even the game, 2-2.

“I told them to play simple soccer and for the most part we did that,” Greenwood said. “[Seniors] Ryan [Duncan] and John [Ford] stepped up. I credit them with getting everyone in gear, and Kevin Beck too – our three captains.”

Both teams had chances to score during overtime, but neither was successful.

Decatur junior goalie Brett Berquist recorded six saves.

It was the Seahawks’ final home game of the regular season, so the seniors were honored before the competition.

“I was happy,” Greenwood said. “Yes, I would like to have won, but it was a good game going into playoffs. We saw what we can do when we’re down and when we play hard.”

Decatur finished the regular season 6-3-3. The draw for seeding in the regional/state tournament brackets will take place on Monday. Decatur will compete in the 3A East class. Tournament play will begin with the sectional quarterfinal round on Friday, Oct. 27.

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