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Prep team leads 1-0, but falls to STPP 2-1 in physical battle Fri.

(Oct. 11, 2013) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team held the Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres scoreless for 69 minutes last Friday, but the visiting squad was able to net two goals for a come-from-behind 2-1 victory.

“There was a lot of variables, a lot of stuff going on, but not enough to lose them the game,” said Lady Mallards’ Coach Carol Hartnett. “In five minutes, two goals were scored that had no business being scored.”

Hartnett said the Mallards were focused during warm-ups and they were confident. About 20 minutes into the game, senior captain Lilly DiNardo scored off a freshman Madison Bescak pass.

With 11 minutes left in the match, the Sabres tied the score 1-1. Around the five-minute mark, a Sts. Peter & Paul shot hit off the hand of a Sabre, but no handball was called and the goal counted. They held on to win 2-1. Prep sophomore goalie Grace Tunis recorded eight saves.

“It was deflating. Sts. Peter & Paul is very physical and we were beat up the whole game,” Hartnett said. “I feel like we distributed the ball well, but I don’t feel like we made the most of our shots. We just didn’t finish. We weren’t making Sts. Peter & Paul’s goalie pay for coming out (of the goal.)”

Tuesday’s game agains the Salisbury Christian Jaguars was dedicated to breast cancer awareness and those who have battled the disease. The Prep team scored three goals in the first half and went on to win 6-0. DiNardo led the charge with a hat trick. Sophomore Julia D’Antonio netted two shots and senior captain Alissa Talbert chipped in with one.

Tunis played in goal for 60 minutes and stopped four Jaguars’ shots. Junior Mikalah Potvin took over for the final 20 minutes and made two saves.

“The first half was not as strong as we would have liked,” Hartnett said. “We cleaned things up in the second half. We were connecting passes, we took quality shots and we were serving the ball well. I thought our strikers played great the entire game.”

Worcester’s final game of the regular season is Friday, Oct. 18 in Salisbury against the Jaguars.

Worcester Prep senior captain Lilly DiNardo battles for the ball with a Sts. Peter & Paul player during last Friday’s game.

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