Seahawks Fall To Bennett In States

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity soccer team fell to old rival Bennett, 2-0, in the state 3A-South sectional final at home on Tuesday, ending what was otherwise a remarkable season for the Seahawks.

Decatur went 11-1 in the regular season, its only loss coming to Parkside, 1-0, back on September 24. Despite falling just a game short of winning the Bayside South title and a shot at the Bayside Conference championship, loftier goals were still out there for the Seahawks including a possible regional or even state championship.

When the state 3A-South brackets were released last week, Decatur had earned the top seed in Section II and a first-round bye. The Seahawks took care of business in its state playoff opener last week with a 2-1 win over fourth-seeded Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County.

However, looming in the Section II final was familiar Bayside South rival Bennett. The Seahawks had recently beaten the Clippers, 2-1, in overtime back on October 17, but the road to a potential regional championship was blocked by another meeting with Bennett.

As the higher seed, Decatur hosted Bennett in the Section II final on Tuesday. The teams were tied at 0-0 after one half, but the Clippers scored twice in the second half and the Seahawks couldn’t get anything going on offense as Bennett held on for the 2-0 win.

Again, the abrupt end to the state playoff run did little to tarnish a remarkable season for the Seahawks. Decatur started with a five-game winning streak before the lone loss to Parkside. The Seahawks then reeled off seven straight wins before the loss in the state playoffs on Tuesday.

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.