(Sept. 19, 2014) Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team Coach Terry Underkoffler was pleased with the way the Mallards controlled the ball in their 8-1 victory last Friday over the Gunston Day Herons.
“I thought they had pretty good possession of the ball,” he said after the game in Berlin. “The system we’re trying to do, we’re trying to spread the other team out and play the ball wide to our midfielders. The goal was to try and get the ball up to our forwards; combine a forward with an outside midfielder.”
Seven minutes into the game, sophomore captain Owen Nally gave Worcester a 1-0 lead. Aria ZiaShakeri, a sophomore, boosted the advantage to two at the 25-minute mark. Two minutes later, Nally netted his second shot of the half. Sophomore Tate Shockley, freshman Brendan Miller and junior Elio Telo each scored a goal and the Mallards went into the halftime break ahead, 6-0.
Miller and senior Chris Choy increased the home team’s lead to eight in the second half. Gunston scored its lone goal late in the match.
Worcester goalie Charlie Pritchard, a junior, stopped six Herons’ shots.
On Monday in Georgetown, Del., the Mallards shut out the Delmarva Christian Royals, 6-0. Miller led the charge with four goals.
“He had a really good game. We found him behind the defense a lot,” Underkoffler said of Miller. “He knows what kind of shots to take in different situations.”
Miller’s hat trick provided the Mallards with a three-goal cushion at the end of the first half.
Nally tallied the Prep team’s fourth goal in the second half and Miller knocked in the fifth. Shockley scored the visiting Mallards’ sixth and final goal.
Pritchard made five saves.
“We were patient, which was really good,” Underkoffler said.
Delmarva Christian’s defense played high, trying to trap Worcester’s offense offsides, Underkoffler said.
I give a lot of credit to my guys. They worked the ball, they played keep away and when we got the chance we played the ball through,” he said. “We had some nice play combinations.”
Defensively, Underkoffler said captains Sam Deeley, a senior, and Wyatt Richins, a junior, stopped any offensive attack from the Royals.
The Mallards will host Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference rivals, the Salisbury Christian Jaguars, at 4 p.m. today, Friday.