(Oct. 10, 2014) After a scoreless first half Tuesday, the Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team made some adjustments and they paid off. The Lady Mallards scored three goals in the second half of their “Pink Game” for breast cancer awareness and support, to win 3-0 over the Salisbury Christian Jaguars in Berlin.
The Jaguars’ defense held close to the midfield line, catching the Mallards offsides several times during the first half.
“As soon as one of my girls would take off, we were offsides,” said Prep Coach Carol Hartnett.
Worcester’s coaches talked about how to beat the offsides trap during the halftime break and the Mallards has more success in the second half.
“They read the offsides [trap], served the ball through and we used our speed,” she said.
A little over 10 minutes into the second half, defender Tori Barros, a junior, netted a direct kick from nearly 45 yards out.
“We just worked on kicks the day before in practice. It’s neat to see something you did in practice the day before work,” Hartnett said. “We just needed a goal to break the tension and then we’d loosen up.”
Hartnett said the Mallards were more relaxed and they settled in after gaining a 1-0 lead as the momentum shifted in their favor.
About 10 minutes after Barros’ goal, freshman Kaylee Dickson scored off a sophomore Karlie Southcomb cross.
Freshman Cameron Langeler and senior Molly Soulé combined for Worcester’s third goal.
Langeler fired a throw-in into the penalty box area and Soulé finished it.
Prep goalie Grace Tunis, a junior, made seven saves.
“We didn’t play our sort of soccer. The things we usually do well we didn’t do well and what we’re usually not so great at we did well,” Hartnett said. “Everyone on the team contributed, and now we’re marching toward the playoffs. The veterans are doing a great job mentoring the younger girls.”
Worcester will play the Salisbury School Dragons on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Salisbury. The Mallards won 2-1 when the teams met Sept. 10.
Playoffs being Wednesday, Oct. 22, with the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals.