(Sept. 12, 2014) The Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team struggled against the Salisbury School Dragons’ defense during the first half of Wednesday’s game, but after some adjustments, the Mallards prevailed, 5-1.
About 34 minutes into the competition, sophomore captain Owen Nally played the ball to junior Elio Telo, who scored on a breakaway. The visiting Mallards led 1-0 at halftime.
“Salisbury School was playing an aggressive, up-tempo defense,” said Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler. “They were running an offsides trap and we were playing into their trap.”
Underkoffler said the Mallards changed their tactics for the second half to better handle Salisbury’s defense.
Midway into the second half, the Dragons evened the score. Shortly after, freshman Brendan Miller put Worcester on top 2-1 off a Nally assist.
Telo boosted the Mallards’ advantage to 3-1 and sophomore Tate Shockley gave the Prep team a three-goal lead. With about three minutes remaining in the contest, sophomore Aria ZiaShakeri knocked in Worcester’s fifth and final goal.
Mallards’ goalie Charlie Pritchard, a junior, stopped four Dragons’ shots. Underkoffler was pleased with senior Sam Deeley’s and junior Wyatt Richins’ defensive play. The team captains were “strong on the ball,” he said.
“I thought we played well,” Underkoffler said. “We spread the ball out wider and that gave us more success.”
Worcester will host the Gunston Day Herons today, Friday, at 4 p.m. On Monday, the Mallards will travel to Georgetown, Del. to battle the Delmarva Christian Royals at 4:30 p.m.