Ocean City Today

Mallards give 100 percent in finals

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 26, 2017
Courtesy of: DIANE BROWN The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team lost 2-1 in overtime to Saints Peter & Paul in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship game last Friday at the Westover Sports Complex.

(Oct. 27, 2017) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team battled hard with the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship game last Friday at the Westover Sports Complex, but the Lady Mallards fell to their opponent, 2-1, in overtime.

“They played tremendous. We had some injuries and other girls stepped up,” Prep Coach Carol Hartnett said. “Everyone gave everything they had. You couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

The Sabres scored with 10 minutes remaining in the first half to go ahead 1-0.

“The stress level was so high. The first half we were not having fun,” Hartnett said. “I told the girls at halftime, I wanted them to work hard, but have fun. They started to relax a little bit.”

About a minute into the second half, sophomore Messa Cammack netted a shot to tie the game.

Saints Peter & Paul tallied the game-winner five minutes into the first 10-minute overtime period.

“It was a physical battle. It always is with them,” Hartnett said. “Everyone gave 100 percent. We had some quality shots on goal and great passing. I was proud of the way the girls played and how they played together. They played with enthusiasm and heart.”

Worcester finished the season with a 6-4 record. Several players received All-ESIAC honors. The most prestigious award went to junior Delaney Abercrombie, who was named Player of the Year. She scored eight goals this season and had two assists.

Abercrombie, Cammack, junior goalie Gracie Gardner, sophomore Emily Copeland and senior captain Kaylee Dickson, who had eight goals and four assists, earned All-ESIAC accolades. Junior Alannah Curtis was presented honorable mention distinction.

“The season went very well,” Hartnett said. “We had some kids who never played before, a couple freshmen, girls with [varsity] experience – it was definitely a mix of kids and we didn’t know what to expect when we started.”

Hartnett though the season went by “in a blink” and it was “just fun.”

“They’re a great group of girls,” she said. “Senior leadership was at the helm the whole season. We couldn’t have been as successful without that.”

The team will graduate eight seniors, most of whom were major contributors. Despite losing key players, Hartnett thinks the team will be strong next year.

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