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Lady Mallards to face ESIAC rivals, STPP Sabres, today

(Sept. 19, 2014) Worcester Prep girls’ soccer Coach Carol Hartnett thought the Lady Mallards moved the ball well in last Friday’s 4-1 victory over the Gunston Day Herons.

Five minutes into the game, sophomore Madison Bescak put Worcester on top, 1-0. Six minutes later, freshman Kaylee Dickson boosted the Mallards’ advantage to two goals.

The visiting Herons cut the lead to one, but junior Laura Issel gave her team a 3-1 lead.

With 25 minutes left in the match, sophomore Maggie Coutu netted a direct kick and the Prep squad was ahead 4-1.

“Our spacing and passing were good. We did not communicate the way I would like them to on the field,” Hartnett said.

Junior Grace Tunis played in goal in the first half for Worcester. Senior Mikalah Potvin took over in the second half. She made one save.

The Mallards battled the Salisbury Christian Jaguars on Tuesday and came home with a 6-2 victory.

“The first 15 minutes was so good. It was text book soccer,” Hartnett said. “We were taking shot after shot.”

At the end of the first half, Worcester led, 3-1. Salisbury scored on a direct kick in the second half to cut the advantage to one.

Coutu netted a penalty shot and the Mallards knocked in two additional goals.

Dickson tallied two goals for the Prep squad and Bescak logged one goal and two assists. Issel and sophomore Karlie Southcomb (one assist) each chipped in with a goal.

Tunis recorded five saves.

“They’re a good team and they kept coming at us,” Hartnett said. “We notoriously have trouble scoring against them, but we did find the back of the net. We’ve been stuck at two, three goals so it was nice to break that.”

Worcester will go head-to-head with its Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference nemesis, the Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres, today, Friday, at 4 p.m. in Berlin.

“We need to be consistent from the goalie all the way up the field,” Hartnett said. “If we play our game, keep our shape and space and our hustle, we’ll do just fine.”


Worcester Prep senior captain Shelby Laws beats two Gunston Day players to the ball during last Friday’s competition in Berlin. Worcester won 4-1.

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