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Tweaks to formation pays off for Worcester Prep team

(Sept. 26, 2014) With some modifications to the line-up, the Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team shutout the Holly Grove Eagles, 5-0, Monday in Berlin.

“Some tweaks to the formation paid off,” Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler said. “It worked very well. We found the wide players more often, we were more successful getting behind the defense, which lead to more crosses and finishing chances.”

Sophomores Tate Shockley, who played right midfield, and Aria Zia-Shakeri each tallied a goal in the first half.

Shockley boosted the Mallards’ lead to three goals about 11 minutes into the second half off a pass from sophomore captain Owen Nally.

Patrick Patrera, a sophomore, logged the team’s fourth goal. With four minutes left in the match, junior goalie Charlie Pritchard punted the ball, junior forward Elio Telo received it, took it to goal and scored.

Pritchard finished the game with six saves.

“[The] defense was tenacious and aggressive. [The Mallards] limited Holly Grove to six shots,” Underkoffler said.

The result of Worcester’s game against Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference rival, the Salisbury Christian Jaguars last Friday in Berlin was determined this week.

The visiting Jaguars scored within the first minute of the match. Zia-Shakeri netted the equalizer with just over a minute left in regulation.

“I thought we were more aggressive to the ball and presented a better mentality to win 50/50 balls in the second half,” Underkoffler said.

Neither team scored in the first 10-minute overtime.

During the second extra period, Salisbury’s coach was ejected from the game for continuing to verbalize his disagreement with the referees. Since there was no other coach to lead the team the game ended.

Earlier this week, the result was declared a forfeit by Salisbury Christian.

Worcester will host the Delmarva Christian Royals on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The Mallards won the Sept. 15 match against the Royals 6-0.

Worcester Prep junior Elio Telo takes on two Salisbury Christian players during last Friday’s match in Berlin.

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