Ocean City Today

Decatur soccer and field hockey players recognized

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Nov 16, 2017

(Nov. 17, 2017) Several members of the Stephen Decatur boys’ and girls’ soccer teams and field hockey squad received Bayside South All-Conference honors for their performances during the fall season.

• Boys’ soccer:

Senior captains John Ford (midfield) and Ryan Duncan (defense) earned First Team accolades.

“[Ford and Duncan] have been mainstays for three years,” Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said. “They’re three-year starters. We’re losing two key positions [center midfield, center back], but I think we have kids who can fill those spots.”

Junior midfielder Kevin Beck, a team captain, and sophomore defender John Karacoulakis were named to the Second Team.

Bayside South Honorable Mention accolades went to juniors Brett Berquist (goalie) and Brady Ford (forward), senior Jeremy Danner (midfield) and sophomore Brian Rodriguez (midfield).

This week, Greenwood presented awards to several players during the team banquet.

The MVP Award was given to Ford, who was also the football team’s kicker this year. Ford scored four goals this season.

The Golden Boot Award for most goals scored was won by Brady Ford. He led the team with six goals.

Freshman Evan Kinsey took home the Rookie of the Year Award. Greenwood handed out the Coaches Awards to Beck, Duncan and senior Conor Boyle.

The Unsung Hero Award was presented to Rodriguez. Senior Trevor Mavioglu earned the Sportsmanship Award.

Decatur finished the year with a 6-4-3 record.

“I thought we didn’t live up to our potential,” Greenwood said. “We struggled in the beginning of the season to score goals. It did get a little better as the season went on. I think we were looking for a true goal scorer and I’m not sure we found that this season.”

• Girls’ soccer:

Freshman Macy Dill (midfield) and sophomore Gabrielle Izzett (forward) scored spots on the Second Team.

Senior captains Emma Stubblebine (defense) and Hattie Brous (forward) and junior Mia Dill (midfield) received Bayside South Honorable Mention distinction.

Macy Dill won the Rookie of the Year Award for the team.

“Macy stepped up into a leadership position on the field and took it effortlessly,” Decatur Coach Maggie Berke said. “Macy led the team in goals this season and had a major impact in every game.”

After an injury ended junior Mia Dill’s season, she continued to come out and support and motivate her teammates, which is why Berke presented her with the Coaches Award.

Junior Abbi Crisanti took home the award for best attitude and the Sportsmanship Award went to Brous.

The Lady Seahawks finished the season with a 4-9 record.

“The season unfortunately did not go as we had hoped or expected, but the girls worked hard and overcame some major obstacles,” Berke said. “Positives from the season were the girls’ ability to work together and maintain a positive attitude even when the season wasn’t turning out to be what they had hoped.”

• Field hockey:

Seniors captains Megan Hurley and Caroline Kurtz, and senior Neah Purnell received Bayside South Honorable Mention honors.

Decatur Coach Amy Matthews presented the team MVP Offense Award to Purnell and the MVP Midfield Award to Kurtz. Sophomore Haley Triplett earned the MVP Defense Award.

Matthews gave the Coaches Award to junior Lily Figgs and the Most Improved Award to sophomore Zehra Mirza. The Unsung Hero Award went to senior Emilie Tacka.

Despite not winning a game this season, Matthews said, “the girls learned a lot from each game.”

“The positives I saw were the girls working together better and taking what they learned in practice and showing it on the field,” she added.

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