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WP boys’ soccer team advances to ESIAC title match

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 19, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep junior Thomas Fager races to the ball against a Gunston player during Wednesday’s Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals in Berlin. Worcester won 4-1.

(Oct. 20, 2017) The Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team won 4-1 over the Gunston Day Herons in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals on Wednesday in Berlin and have advanced to Friday’s championship game against the Holly Grove Eagles.

“We started the game with a bunched midfield – so to speak – to take away their middles but then I spread the field to open it up and we found more passing lanes,” Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler said. “I took my midfield and I spread them more and that really opened up the field for us to possess the ball, pass the ball.”

Freshman Vincent Petrera played the ball across the box to sophomore Ryan Cronin, who was at the back post, midway into the first half. Cronin put the ball in the back of the net to provide Worcester with a 1-0 lead. Gunston evened the score a few minutes later.

Senior captain Brenner Maull scored on a throw-in to give the Mallards the go-ahead goal with 25 minutes remaining in the game.

Petrera made it 3-1 with 4:22 left on the clock. Junior Will Todd increased the Prep squad’s advantage to three goals with 52 seconds to play.

Junior goalie Cooper Richins stopped five Gunston shots.

“I think we played even better defensively in the second half and I think we moved the ball better and spread them out,” Underkoffler said. “It tells by the scorebook. We had three different goal scorers and we created more chances.”

Worcester will go head-to-head with Holly Grove at the Westover Sports Complex in Westover, Maryland, at 5:30 p.m. today, Friday.

When the teams battled on Sept. 20 in Berlin, Worcester won 4-2. The Mallards came out on top 2-0 in Westover on Oct. 9 during the second match-up.

Underkoffler said to be successful the Mallards must play the “same good defense we’ve played all year. We need to be able to find our wide players and finish our chances.”

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