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Worcester advances to ESIAC title game

(Oct. 25, 2013) The Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team closed out the regular season playing at a high level.
Last Friday in Berlin, the Mallards battled to a 1-1 tie with the Holly Grove Eagles.
Sophomore Brian Trupo put Worcester on the board about five minutes before the halftime break.
The Eagles evened the score with about 13 minutes on the clock. Tied 1-1, the game went into overtime. After two 10-minute extra periods, the match ended in a tie. Prep senior goalie Isiah Nsah had 10 saves.
“It was a very physical, hard fought game with both sides playing outstanding defense,” Prep Coach Terry Underkoffler said. “It was the kind of game to expect as you get closer to the playoffs.”
Worcester finished the regular season with a 9-1 victory over the Gunston Day Herons on Monday in Centreville.
Senior captain Ryan Nally and freshman Aria ZiaShakeri each scored twice. Nsah, senior captains J.B. Loomis and Chris Klug, junior Sam Deeley and senior Lane Spangler had one goal. Sophomore goalie Charlie Pritchard had three saves.
Worcester and Salisbury Christian had the same Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference records so a coin flip determined the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. The Prep team lost the toss.
Worcester played No. 3 Holly Grove Wednesday in Berlin. Eight minutes into the ESIAC semifinals, freshman Owen Nally scored. Loomis boosted the lead to two five minutes before halftime. The Eagles scored twice to tie the game. Trupo gave Worcester the go-ahead goal with about eight minutes left. The Mallards won 3-2. Nsah stopped seven Eagles’ shots.
“It was one of the best defensive games we’ve played,” Underkoffler said.
The Mallards (11-3-2) advanced to today’s, Friday’s, ESIAC championship. They will play the Salisbury Christian Jaguars in Salisbury. The squads met twice this season. The Mallards won the first game 2-1. Salisbury took the second 4-0.

Worcester Prep senior Noah Conboy controls the ball during the Oct. 18 game against Holly Grove.

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