(Oct. 17, 2014) After a quick downpour at the start of the Worcester Prep–Stephen Decatur field hockey game last Friday, the rain let up as the two Berlin squads battled on the Lady Mallards’ field.
Worcester, a private school of the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference, shut out Decatur, a public school of the Bayside Conference, 6-0.
“They played really well even in the pouring rain in the first half. We had really good passing combinations and we really worked well together,” said Prep Assistant Coach Katie Oxenreider.
Sophomore Regan Lingo tallied Worcester’s first goal 13 minutes into the match. About four minutes later, senior captain Caroline Lindsay scored. Junior Hanna Nechay gave the Mallards a 3-0 advantage two minutes before halftime.
Senior captain Jordie Loomis netted a shot about seven minutes into the second half. She logged her second goal 10 minutes later.
Sophomore Leigh Lingo scored the Mallards’ sixth goal with nine minutes left in the game.
“Leigh Lingo played great. She probably played almost every minute,” Oxenreider said. “I had her on forward, I had her on mid, she’s a great player. She’s all over the field.”
Sophomore Stormy McGuiness played in goal the first half for Worcester. Grace Nichols, a freshman, took over for the second half. Neither was challenged.
Oxenreider said the Prep squad, which is on an 11-game win streak, has improved since preseason in mid-August.
“In the beginning, the passing combinations weren’t there, but now they’ve definitely picked it up and they’re playing as one unit which is really good to see,” she said.
Decatur Coach Amy Matthews praised the performance of junior goalie Sophia Clemente. Clemente stopped 14 Mallards’ shots.
“I don’t think they were on their game. In the first half I think we just got caught up with all the Worcester Prep girls down there (in Decatur’s defensive end) and they were just overwhelmed,” Matthews said. “The second half they worked a lot better together and were talking more. They spread out more and they were dodging a little bit better.”
Over the past two months, Matthews said the Seahawks have become closer as a team.
“They know each other a lot better on the field. They just need to keep up the momentum and if we do lose a game not get so down on themselves.”
Worcester’s next match is today, Friday, at 4 p.m. against the Holly Grove Eagles in Westover.
The ESIAC tournament kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Decatur will take a trip to Easton to face the Warriors at 4 p.m. on Monday.
The first round of the 2A South regional tournament is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Decatur will compete in Section II of the 2A South classification.