Ocean City Today

‘Our full potential was not met’ this season, coach says

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Nov 02, 2017

(Nov. 3, 2017) The third-seeded Stephen Decatur boys’ soccer team lost, 5-0, to No. 2 Chesapeake of Anne Arundel in the 3A East Region Section II second round, Tuesday night in Pasadena.

Unfortunately, Decatur Coach Jamie Greenwood said the Seahawks didn’t play well in what was their final game of the season.

Decatur finished the year with a 6-4-3 record. The season was not as successful as Greenwood had hoped it would be. They lost or tied a few games this year Greenwood thought they should have won.

“I thought we didn’t live up to our potential. Our full potential was not met,” 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.”

The team will graduate six players, three of them major contributors.

“[Captains] John Ford and Ryan Duncan are two big ones, and Jeremy [Danner] brings energy to the field,” Greenwood said. “[Ford and Duncan] have been mainstays for three years. 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.”

A core group of players will return next season, and with the JV program “on the up and up,” Greenwood thinks the team should be strong in 2018.

“We have some good players returning,” he said. “The JV program did well this year and that will definitely help us. There are some kids that will be contributors next year.”

In 11 seasons, Greenwood has racked up 95 career wins. He said he is “very appreciative” of his varsity and JV coaching staff, and his wife, Kristen.

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