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Girls work together, stay positive

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Nov 02, 2017

(Nov. 3, 2017) The fourth-seeded Stephen Decatur girls’ soccer team lost to the No. 1 seed, the James M. Bennett Clippers, 6-1, in the 3A East Section II second round on Tuesday in Salisbury.

Both squads received first-round byes.

Decatur’s 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,” Decatur Coach Maggie 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. Due to injuries, some girls were thrown into new positions and were able to step up for the team in a new role.”

The team will graduate only two players, its captains, Hattie Brous and Emma Stubblebine.

“We will definitely miss Hattie and Emma next year. They bring about such a huge sense of positivity and work ethic that has helped to really guide the younger girls through the season,” Berke said. “This leadership ability they both possess will make them so successful in their future endeavors and we couldn’t be more excited for them.”

Berke said she is looking forward to the 2018 season.

“I am excited to have such a young team returning next year,” she said. “The girls will be able to pick up where they left off and continue improving and growing as a team, which should make for a more successful season and seasons to come.”

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