Decatur, Bennett Could Meet In States

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity soccer team lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Bennett on the road last week with the Bayside South title on the line, but the Seahawks could get another shot at the Clippers in the state tournament.

The Seahawks faced Bennett on the road last week and hanging in the balance was the Bayside South championship and a possible trip to the Bayside Conference title game. Decatur entered the game with an 8-2-1 record, while Bennett came in with an 8-2-1 mark. Something had to give with a conference championship on the line and it took an extra period to resolve it.

The game was tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation, but Bennett scored in the overtime period to claim the Bayside South title and advance to the conference championship game. The Seahawks could have an opportunity to exact a little revenge in the state playoffs, however.

When the brackets for the state Class 3A-East sectionals were released this week, Bennett was the top seed and will face Northeast in its opener. Decatur is seeded second and will face Chesapeake-Anne Arundel in its opener at home next Tuesday. Should both teams advance, the Seahawks would face the Clippers in the sectional final next week. Meanwhile, the Decatur girls are the fourth seed in their sectional in the 3A-East tournament and will face top-seeded Bennett in the first round.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.