Ocean City Today

WP boys’ soccer team earns wins over Gunston, Salisbury

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Sep 28, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep senior captain Tucker Brown looks to turn on his defender during Wednesday’s game against Salisbury School in Berlin. He scored one goal in the 5-0 shutout.

(Sept. 29, 2017) The Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team boosted its win streak to six this week with victories over Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference opponents, the Gunston Day Herons and Salisbury School Dragons.

The Mallards battled with Gunston in Centreville on Monday. The visiting Prep squad edged out its competition, 2-1.

Junior captain Colin Miller passed to freshman Vincent Petrera, who beat the Gunston keeper with a low shot to the corner of the goal midway into the first half. The Herons tied it up a few minutes before halftime.

Petrera netted the Mallards’ go-ahead goal off a senior captain Tucker Brown pass, with about 20 minutes left in the game.

Junior Cooper Richins stopped eight Gunston shots.

“I thought we both picked up our attacking in the second half and shut down their main attacking targets. First half was sluggish and slow,” Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler said. “The key was being able to keep them limited to good looks at the goal in the second half.”

Two days later, Worcester shut out Salisbury School, 5-0, in Berlin. The senior Mallards were honored during Wednesday’s match.

Brown and sophomore Ryan Cronin scored goals in the first half. Richins helped keep his team’s two-goal cushion with a diving save, tipping a shot over the cross bar. He finished the game with five saves.

Miller netted a shot four minutes into the second half. Petrera and senior captain Sam Cantello also tallied goals in the second half.

“[The Mallards played] much better than Monday,” Underkoffler said. “A lot of energy and determination in the attacking third of the field and good possession.”

The Cape Henlopen Vikings are slate to travel to Berlin on Saturday to take on Worcester at 1 p.m.

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