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After slow start, Lady Mallards pick up pace in second half; earn 5-1 win

  LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

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Worcester Prep sophomore Molly Soulé (11) challenges a Salisbury School player during Tuesday&rsquo;s game in Berlin. Soulé scored one goal in Worcester&rsquo;s 5-1 victory.<br /><br />
OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI Worcester Prep sophomore Molly Soulé (11) challenges a Salisbury School player during Tuesday’s game in Berlin. Soulé scored one goal in Worcester’s 5-1 victory. OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI (Oct. 5, 2012) The Worcester Prep Lady Mallards trailed the Salisbury School Dragons 1-0 at halftime of Tuesday’s soccer game in Berlin, but the home team rallied in the final 40 minutes, netting five goals to win 5-1.

“We played very well in the first half; we just couldn’t finish,” said Prep Coach Carol Hartnett. “The difference in the second half was that we were connecting the dots and setting up our opportunities.”

The Mallards attacked the Salisbury goal from the first whistle of the second half. Sophomore Molly Soulé evened the score about five minutes into the half off a cross from junior Frankie Willing.

Willing, junior Lilly Di- Nardo, senior Alex Bruder and freshman Julie D’Anto- nio each scored in the second half.

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Prep Coach Carol Hartnett Prep Coach Carol Hartnett “It was not only a huge conference win, but it was a huge comeback from a 1-0 deficit,” Hartnett said. “They not only came back and tied the game, but they continued the momentum. It was just a great overall effort. The girls displayed the character we know they have.”

Hartnett has been pleasantly surprised by freshman goalie Grace Tunis’ improvement as this is her first time playing the position. Tunis stopped 11 Salisbury shots on Tuesday.

The Dragons operated a “run and gun offense” and Hartnett said junior sweeper Alissa Talbert did a good job quarterbacking the Worcester defense.

The Mallards were also able to “wear [Salisbury] down,” Hartnett said, as she continuously made substitutions to keep fresh legs on the field.

“I’m proud of them,” she said. “We’re just going to keep moving forward and progressing.”

The Salisbury Christian Jaguars will cometoBerlinonMondayfora4p.m. game against Worcester.

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