(Aug. 30, 2013) “Win the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship,” was the consensus answer when four-year players, seniors Ryan Nally, Chris Klug and J.B. Loomis were asked what the Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team’s goal is this season.
The Mallards hoped to capture their 12th consecutive ESIAC title last year, but the Salisbury Christian Jaguars spoiled their efforts, winning the championship game 3-2.
Worcester finished the 2012 season with an 11-5-1 record.
“It was a tough loss last year. I think we can win it this year,” said Klug, who will play on the defensive line for Worcester.
Added center midfielder Nally, “We have a good team. We have a lot of young soccer players.”
“I think it will be exciting to see what we can do this year. It’s promising, for sure,” Nally said.
Twenty-two players currently make up second-year Coach Terry Underkoffler’s roster. Twelve competed in 2012.
“We have a good mix this year. We have players with varsity experience and we have some talented new players,” Underkoffler said. “We’re further along than I thought we’d be. They work hard, they’re quick learners and they’re determined to improve upon last year.”
Underkoffler said the team’s defense is strong this season. In the back field with Klug (2012 ESIAC Honorable Mention) are veterans, senior Jack Marshall and junior Sam Deeley. Newcomers, sophomores Brian and Charlie Trupo, will also play in the defensive end.
Charlie Prichard, a sophomore, has earned the starting spot in the goal.
Joining Nally (2012 ESIAC First Team) in the midfield will be senior veteran Matt Reilly and freshmen Tate Shockley, along with Ryan’s brother, Owen.
“Playing in the center you have a lot of responsibilities and control of what goes on,” Nally said. “Being a senior, it’s good to communicate with everybody on the field, especially that we have a lot of freshmen this year.”
Underkoffler said the forward line has depth with Loomis (ESIAC First Team) in the center, veterans Wyatt Richins (Second Team), a sophomore, and senior Noah Conboy.
Sophomore Elio Telo will also play up top.
Underkoffler will look to Nally, Klug and Loomis along with the other seniors to lead the squad.
“We’ve picked it up a lot. We have to communicate a little more and talk a little more and we’ll do well,” Loomis said.