Decatur's spring sports programs gun for state championships
April 24, 2018
Girls soccer falls to Whitewater
For the second year in a row, the girls soccer team lost to Whitewater in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. The Bulldogs fell in a much closer 2-1 loss on May 4, than the 6-1 loss in the 2017 season.
Sophomore Emma Rose scored two minutes into the game, but Whitewater quickly evened the score off of a corner. The Wildcats added a goal from another corner before half time, and the Bulldogs could not overcome the 2-1 halftime deficit, despite out-possessing Whitewater in both halves. The loss marked the end of high school soccer for a senior class of 10 girls that two semi finals and two quarter finals appearances in their time at Decatur.
Girls soccer defeats Buford
Decatur’s girls soccer team moved on to the state quarterfinal round after their Round of 16 victory on Tuesday, May 1. They defeated Buford 5-1.
Each class got on the board for the Lady Bulldogs, as freshman forward Carmen Hardwick led the team with a brace, and sophomore Emma Rose, junior Maggie Carlton and senior Molly Enloe also scored, powering the girls to their second blowout win of the playoffs. Decatur previously defeated Buford by a score of 7-2 in February.
The team now faces a tough quarterfinal opponent in Whitewater High School, which ranks similarly to DHS statewide and nationally on MaxPreps.com. The two will play at 6 pm on Friday at Decatur Stadium.
Boys Soccer loses in penalty kicks in Final Four game
The boys soccer team was defeated by McIntosh at home on Tuesday, 5-4 on penalties after a scoreless 90 minutes of open play. Had the Bulldogs won, they would have competed in their second state championship in three years.
Decatur possessed the ball for the majority of the game, and had a few solid chances saved by the Chiefs’ sophomore keeper. Senior Joshua Sumo had a free kick stopped and junior Sebastian Allowitz had several dangerous crosses throughout regular time.
In overtime, senior Nate Evans powered a shot just over the crossbar, and classmate Abdiaziz Yussuf had a rebound saved in the last minute of the final overtime period.
Despite not recording a shot on target, McIntosh scored all five penalties to secure their spot in Friday’s final at Mercer.
Baseball beats Lithonia in 2 games
The Decatur baseball team defeated the Lithonia Bulldogs on Friday, April 27.
Sophomore pitcher Jackson Hills recorded a 10-0 win in the first game, and senior Oliver Livingston pitched the Bulldogs to a 5-1 victory in Game 2. Freshman Marshall Toole scored 2 runs in the second leg, courtesy running for catcher Luke Clark.
Baseball’s playoff rounds consist of best-of-3 series, and this first round matchup went as expected for the Bulldogs. Decatur begins the second round on Thursday, as they take on a tough Buford team at McKoy Park.
Boys soccer team advances to the second round
The Decatur boys soccer team won their first round playoff game against Arabia Mountain 6-0 on Apr. 25.
The Bulldogs sped out to a 4-0 lead at halftime behind a header from senior Chris Choi. Sophomore goalie Trevor McMullen stepped in for senior Nate Wakeman at halftime and kept the clean sheet the rest of the way.
Senior center back Wais Wood led the team with 6 shots, while classmate Josh Sumo assisted both second half goals.
They play Clarke Central HS at home on May 2.
Girls soccer advances to second round
Decatur’s girls soccer team beat Southwest DeKalb 9-0 at home on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs started off strong, scoring 7 goals in the first half and keeping a clean sheet throughout. They move on to face Buford at home on Tuesday, May 1.