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Lady Mallards top ESIAC opponents

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Sep 28, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep junior Delaney Abercrombie splits two Salisbury School players during Wednesday’s game in Berlin. She scored one goal in Worcester’s 4-1 victory.

(Sept. 29, 2017) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team netted nine goals and only allowed one during its two games this week against Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference competitors.

The Lady Mallards hosted the Gunston Day Herons on Monday and won 5-0.

“We had a great day,” Prep Coach Carol Hartnett said. “The kids really played well.”

Seniors Sophia Principe and Kaylee Dickson, a team captain, and junior Delaney Abercrombie scored goals in the first half. Dickson netted two shots in the second half for a hat trick.

“We were trying to work on possessing the ball and passing to space,” Hartnett said.

The Salisbury School Dragons traveled to Berlin on Wednesday to battle the Mallards on their Senior Day.

When the teams went head-to-head on Sept. 8 in Salisbury, the Dragons won 2-1. This time, Worcester came out on top 4-1.

“It was the first week of school, we had kids in different positions then they’re in now, they didn’t know their strengths and weaknesses,” Hartnett said. “[On Wednesday] they played fabulous. They played well as a team [and] they communicated.

“We have some nice senior leadership,” she continued. “What a great gift to the seniors to celebrate and win on Senior Night. I’m proud of my girls. I had a lot of faith in them.”

Junior Alannah Curtis scored for Worcester with about 24 minutes remaining in the first half. Abercrombie made it 2-0, 2:30 before halftime.

Hartnett said the Mallards “weren’t playing organized” at the start of the second half, but once they settled in and tallied their third goal they were able to take a deep breath.

Dickson increased the Prep team’s advantage to three about eight minutes into the second half. Sophomore Messa Cammack dribbled down the field, played the ball across the goal to Dickson who was wide open.

Salisbury scored a minute later to cut Worcester’s lead to two.

With a little over 23 minutes on the clock, Abercrombie put the Mallards’ fourth goal in the net. After the goal, Hartnett said “call State Farm because that’s what I call insurance.”

Sophomore Emily Copeland stopped six Salisbury shots in goal for Worcester.

The senior Mallards were recognized after the game.

Worcester will take a trip to Salisbury on Monday to face the Salisbury Christian Jaguars at 4 p.m. When the two teams met in Berlin on Sept. 15 the Mallards won 3-0.

“It’s always different on their field. It’s wide and short,” Hartnett said. “We need to play the way we’ve been playing this week and keep the momentum going.”

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