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Mallards ruin Royals in double overtime

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

Worcester Prep junior J.B. Loomis, left, sprints past a Salisbury School player during Tuesday’s competition in Berlin. Loomis scored one goal in Worcester’s 7-3 win. 
OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI Worcester Prep junior J.B. Loomis, left, sprints past a Salisbury School player during Tuesday’s competition in Berlin. Loomis scored one goal in Worcester’s 7-3 win. OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI (Oct. 5, 2012) The Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team scored a 4-1 double-overtime victory over the Delmarva Christian Royals on Monday, and the following day, a 7-3 win over the Salisbury School Dragons.

The Prep squad traveled to Georgetown, Del., on Monday to battle Delmarva Christian. Junior Lucas Payne scored midway into the first half to give the Mallards a 1-0 lead. The Royals tied it at 1-all eight minutes before the halftime break.

Neither team scored in the second half to send the game into overtime.

“We had a lot of chances in the second half. We hit almost every piece of woodwork you could without [the ball] going in,” said Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler. “We had a lot more opportunities than [Delmarva Christian], but we just couldn’t cash in. And their goalkeeper made some really good saves to keep them in the game.”

About two minutes into the second 10- minute overtime period, the Royals were called for a handball in the box. The Mallards were awarded a penalty shot and junior Ryan Nally capitalized. Senior Gordon Abercrombie blasted the ball from 30 yards out into the upper corner to put Worcester on top 3-1.

With two minutes remaining, junior J.B. Loomis tallied the Mallards’ fourth goal.

Prep goalie Zander Farr, a senior, stopped four Royals’ shots.

The next day, Salisbury School visited Berlin for competition. Thirty seconds into the game, the visiting team made their presence known with the first goal of the match-up.

Prep senior Seth Conboy tied the score less than two minutes later.

“We played double overtime the day before and I just think we weren’t ready,” Underkoffler said.

Nally and Noah Conboy, a junior, netted shots in the first half to boost Worcester’s advantage 3-1.

Two minutes into the second half, senior Alec Zarif extended the lead to three goals. Seth Conboy, Loomis and sophomore Matt Klepper tallied goals to push the Mallards ahead 7-1.

The Dragons scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of competition.

Farr played in goal during the first half and for the opening 10 minutes of the second half. He recorded two saves. Freshman Charlie Pritchard finished the game, cashing in four saves.

“They were determined not to lose that game. We had some good opportunities and when we got ahead we went after it pretty well,” Underkoffler said. “The attacking part is there. They’re keeping possession better and they’re finding ways to get in there and score.”

The Mallards are scheduled for a trip to Westover today, Friday, to take on the Holly Grove Eagles.

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