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Lady Mallards earn big win over ESIAC rival, STPP Sabres

(Sept. 27, 2013) Last season, the Worcester Prep and Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres battled against  each other three times and all three games went into overtime.

The Sabres edged out the Mallards 2-1 in the first meeting and the second match ended in a 1-1 tie. Sts. Peter & Paul won the third contest, the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship, 1-0.

The Lady Mallards were looking forward to last Friday’s head-to-head competition with their conference rival in Easton. Freshman Madison Bescak scored about 30 seconds into the game and it was enough for Worcester to win.

“It’s been four years since we beat them on their field. It was an awesome game,” said Prep Coach Carol Hartnett.

After Bescak scored, the remainder of the game was a back-and-forth fight.

When the Sabres offense had the ball, Hartnett said the Mallards’ defense was phenomenal. Senior captains Alissa Talbert and Cynthia Delaney, junior Molly Soule and freshman Julia Talbert played in a diamond formation in front of sophomore goalie Grace Tunis and “they rocked it,” Hartnett said.

“They’re such a phenomenal team back there,” she said. “We distributed and cleared the ball well.”

Tunis stopped 11 Sabres shots. Hartnett said she had great field vision, was strong on the ball and came up with some big saves.

“We played well. We dominated the second half,” Hartnett said. “They’re physically bigger than us, but I think we were the better team. We weren’t going to let this one go.”

Hartnett said she told the seniors that “this is their starting legacy.”

“It’s nice to see their hard work paid off,” she said.

The Gunston Day Herons will meet the Prep squad in Berlin today, Friday, for a 4 p.m. game.

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