(Nov. 1, 2013) After a 45-minute warm-up, the Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team was geared up to battle its Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference rivals, the Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres last Friday.
Unfortunately, the referees thought the game in Berlin began at 4 p.m. not 3:30 p.m. so the teams had to wait around for the officials to get things started.
“We got off to a slow start in the first half,” said Prep Coach Carol Hartnett. “The kids were iced waiting around, but that’s no excuse.”
Fifteen minutes before halftime, the Sabres scored. About three minutes later they pulled ahead 2-0.
With four minutes left in the game, Sts. Peter & Paul capitalized on a penalty shot and went on to win the game 3-0.
Prep sophomore goalie Grace Tunis logged 11 saves.
“They played a great second half. It was their best offensive game of the season in the second half, but when you’re down 2-0 it’s hard to come back,” Hartnett said. “The girls kept fighting. We told them to have fun and they did. They knew they did the best they could.”
The Mallards ended the year 9-3. Hartnett said the 2013 season was “fabulous.”
“It was a great season for us,” Hartnett said. “You couldn’t challenge them enough. They wanted to learn. They grew and got so much better.”
Hartnett said in her 18 years coaching at Worcester Prep, this season was one off the most enjoyable.
“They’re a great group of girls. They were like a little family,” Hartnett said.
Senior captains Lilly DiNardo and Alissa Talbert and juniors Amanda Gabriel and Molly Soule earned First Team All-ESIAC honors. Tunis, sophomore Julia D’Antonio and freshman Julie Talbert received Second Team accolades.
Five seniors, three of whom were full-time starters, will graduate in May. Six juniors, five sophomores and five freshmen will return in 2014 with another year of experience under their belts.
“We’re so balanced,” Hartnett said. “We’ll be strong next year. I would say we are set for awhile.”