(Oct. 11, 2013) The Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team scored five goals in the first half of last Friday’s away game against the Salisbury School Dragons and went on to earn a 7-0 shutout.
Senior captain J.B. Loomis and senior Noah Conboy each had two goals. Senior captain Ryan Nally, his brother, Owen, a freshman, and sophomore Nate Abercrombie tallied one goal apiece. Ryan Nally had three assists in the first half. Prep sophomore goalie Charlie Pritchard made seven saves.
Coach Terry Underkoffler thought the Mallards’ passing, possession and combination play was encouraging.
“Noah Conboy and (senior) Jack Marshall have been emerging as players that can deliver quality crosses on the flank and also contributing as goal-scoring threats,” Underkoffler said. “(Sophomore) Wyatt Richins continues to lead from the sweeper back position and backs, (junior) Sam Deeley and (sophomores) Brian and Charlie Trupo, continue to get better together. The defense has become more organized and can possess out of the back when needed. Our goalkeeping is very deep this year, with (senior) Isiah Nsah and Charlie Pritchard doing very well.”
On Tuesday, the Sussex Tech Ravens traveled to Berlin for competition.
Ten minutes into the game R. Nally blasted a shot past the Ravens’ goalie. The Ravens scored two goals in 10 minutes to take a 2-1 lead. About a minute before halftime, sophomore Elio Telo finished the rebound of R. Nally’s shot to even the game at 2-all.
Sussex Tech scored 10 minutes into the second half to gain a 3-2 advantage. Eight minutes later, Loomis capitalized on a penalty kick and the score was tied 3-3.
The Ravens tacked on three additional goals to win 6-3.
Nsah and Pritchard combined for 11 saves.
“Excellent game, very competitive. Excellent offensive skills by both teams,” Underkoffler said.
He said he schedules non-league matches, such as Sussex Tech, to help push Worcester’s game to the next level. It also prepares the Mallards for tougher contests at the end of the season, he said.
“[Sussex Tech has] quality attacking and defending and [it] forces us to step up and play at a faster level,” Underkoffler said. “You learn a lot individually and as a team what needs to be addressed in training to improve. I thought we played well for most of the game, except for an eight-minute period of time in the second half and that was the difference.”
The Prep team will take a ride to Centreville today, Friday, to compete against the Gunston Day Herons.