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Lady Mallards shut out SS Dragons in ESIAC semifinals

(Oct. 25, 2013) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team ended the regular season on a high note, with a 5-0 victory over the Salisbury Christian Jaguars last Friday.

“We played very well and connected the dots all over the field,” said Prep Coach Carol Hartnett after the win in Salisbury.

Senior captain Lilly DiNardo had a hat trick in the first half and junior Molly Soule also scored to give the Mallards a 4-0 lead. Freshman Olivia Bescak tallied the team’s fifth goal in the second half.

Sophomore goalie Grace Tunis played 60 minutes and made eight saves. Mikalah Potvin, a junior, took over in goal for the last 20 minutes had one save.

The Mallards finished the regular season 7-2. They had the same record as Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference rivals, the Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres, so the squad to get the top seed for the tournament was determined by a coin toss. Worcester won the flip and received the No. 1 seed.

Worcester hosted the No. 4 Salisbury School Dragons Wednesday for semifinal action and won 7-0. It was also Senior Day. Six Mallards were honored.

DiNardo had another first-half hat trick. She added a fourth goal in the second half. Sophomores Julia D’Antonio and Laura Issel and freshman Maggie Coutu chipped in with a goal apiece. Tunis had six saves and Potvin three.

“They played well,” Hartnett said. “The kids were pretty motivated.”

Worcester will battle Sts. Peter & Paul for the ESIAC championship title today, Friday, at 3:30 p.m. in Berlin.

The teams met twice during the regular season. The Mallards won the first game 1-0 and the Sabres took the second 2-1. Friday’s competition is the grudge match.

“We’ve come far along since the beginning of the season. They’ve learned so much and they’re applying it,” Hartnett said. “I feel like all our ducks are in a row going into Friday’s game.”


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