Ocean City Today

WP girls’ soccer team fires ‘on all cylinders in 2nd half’

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 09, 2017

(Oct. 6, 2017) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team got off to a slow start, but the Lady Mallards turned things around in the second half and won Monday’s game against the Salisbury Christian Jaguars, 2-0, in Salisbury.

“We were a little flat in the first half. It was a Monday, the kids were tired. It’s always hard to play [on Salisbury’s field],” Prep Coach Carol Hartnett said.

The Mallards knew they weren’t playing to the best of their ability and they expressed that during halftime.

Hartnett told them to forget the first half and to start the first five minutes of the second half with a goal.

The Mallards looked like a different team in the second half. About four minutes in, junior Delaney Abercrombie scored.

“They shifted gears and did exactly what they were asked,” Hartnett said. “They came out high energy.”

About 20 minutes later, Abercrombie netted a second goal off a senior captain Kaylee Dickson pass.

“We controlled the ball, we were up on the balls of our feet, we made connecting passes, the girls had their spacing down. They were more energized,” Hartnett said. “Everyone contributed nicely. We were firing on all cylinders in the second half. I was happy with their effort in the second half.”

Junior Gracie Gardner played in goal for the Mallards. She stopped three Jaguars’ shots.

Worcester will travel to Easton to battle the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

When the two teams went head-to-head on Sept. 22 in Berlin, the Sabres won 4-2.

“I think we have the ability. We just have to go there and execute,” Hartnett said.  “We can’t let them get a few goals on us. Last year they beat us on our field and we beat them on their field. Hopefully, we can do that again.”

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