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WP girls’ soccer squad earns 3-0 victory over Salis.

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 19, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep junior Alannah Curtis controls the ball out of the defensive end during Wednesday’s Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinal game against Salisbury School in Berlin. Worcester won 3-0.

(Oct. 20, 2017) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team shut out the Salisbury School Dragons, 3-0, on Wednesday in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals in Berlin, to advance to Friday’s championship game against Saints Peter & Paul.

“We didn’t play our absolute best, but we played well enough to win the game,” Prep Coach Carol Hartnett said. “We started connecting the dots after about 20 minutes in. We were working the ball down the field and our layers were strong. That’s what’s important.

“You may have gotten past one layer, but the next one picked up then the next one picked up,” she continued. “It was the center of the field that all the play was trying to go down and we had to shut that down and we did it. I’m proud of my girls.”

Senior captain Kaylee Dickson put the Lady Mallards on the board about five minutes before halftime. She assisted junior Delaney Abercrombie’s goal less than three minutes into the second half. Abercrombie netted her second goal with 11 minutes remaining in the game.

Prep junior goalie Gracie Gardner stopped seven Salisbury shots.

Worcester will battle the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres in the ESIAC title game, today, Friday, at 4 p.m. at the Westover Sports Complex in Westover, Maryland.

When the two teams met on Sept. 22, the Sabres won 4-2. Saints Peter & Paul scored late in the second match-up on Oct. 10 and came out on top 3-0.

“We have to play more aggressive against Saints Peter & Paul. We have to play our game and not [be] reactionary. We keep reacting to them and letting them just kick the ball,” Hartnett said. “I think we have the ability. I feel like we have the talent to do it. I feel like we have the attitudes, we have the leadership. It’s going to be anyone’s game.”

The Mallards are peaking and the right time, Hartnett said.

“We’ve got girls who never played soccer, we’ve got freshmen, it’s just a whole interesting group,” she added. “They came together from the very first game. It’s pretty amazing the progress. I’m proud of them.”

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