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WP boys’ soccer team logs big wins this week

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Sep 21, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep senior captain Sam Cantello prepares to take a shot during Wednesday’s game against Holly Grove in Berlin. Worcester won 4-2.

(Sept. 22, 2017) The Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team shut out the Delmarva Christian Royals, 7-0, on Monday, then two days later, the Mallards pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Holly Grove Eagles on their home field in Berlin.

Freshman Vincent Petrera had three goals and senior captain Tucker Brown added one goal and four assists to lead Worcester on Monday over Delmarva Christian in Berlin.

Petrera opened the scoring at the 17-minute mark, redirecting a low cross from Brown. He scored two more times off Brown passes to give Worcester a 3-0 lead.

Sophomore Ryan Cronin netted a shot off a Brown pass in the 27th minute. Brown scored with two minutes left in the first half to increase the home team’s advantage to 5-0.

Junior Graham Hammond scored 23 minutes into the second half. Sophomore Steven Perotta was fouled in the box with three minutes remaining in the game. Junior Owen Tunis took the penalty shot and buried the ball in the right corner of the goal.

Junior Cooper Richins made three saves and sophomore Spencer Paquette stopped one Delmarva Christian shot.

“I think we are beginning to find our attacking rhythm, playing and creating within our shape, and define our depth coming in off the bench,” Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler said. “Our strikers combined really well the last two games and that is a great sign.”

On Wednesday, Holly Grove struck first, scoring 12 minutes into the game. Petrera tied it up two minutes later, finishing a Brown pass.

The Eagles capitalized on a Mallards’ miskick out of the defensive end, netting an open-goal shot with about 13 minutes remaining in the first half.

Junior captain Colin Miller passed to Petrera who was standing near the midfield line. Petrera fired a shot from about 40 yards out, lofting the ball over the Holly Grove goalie’s head to even the score at 2-2 a few seconds before halftime.

“We were a little deflated [after Holly Grove’s second goal], but Vincent’s goal was definitely a momentum shifter,” Underkoffler said. “We made some adjustments at halftime and it was like two different games. We shut down what they were trying to do.”

Underkoffler said the Mallards stepped on the field to start the second half with determination.

Petrera was taken down in the box early in the second half and netted his penalty shot to provide the Prep squad with a 3-2 lead. He logged his and the team’s fourth goal of the game about 22 minutes into the second half.

Richins made five saves in the win.

In the two games this week, Petrera scored seven of the team’s 11 goals.

“He’s a nice addition to the team since we graduated [players who contributed] 40 goals,” Underkoffler said. “[Petrera] has 17 so far this season.”

On Monday, the Prep squad will head to Centreville to take on the Gunston Day Herons at 4 p.m.

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