(Oct. 9, 2020) The Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team changed things up a bit in the second half of last Friday’s game against the Salisbury Christian Jaguars in Berlin and it proved successful, as the Mallards came out on top, 4-2.
“The first half we failed to match their intensity really. They were beating us to the 50/50 balls [and] they were dominating the midfield,” said Prep Coach Jon Adkins. “We were able to match them, keep up with them 2-2; we took good shots, our passing was fine, but the big difference was when the ball was in the air we weren’t attacking it in the air. They were and they were winning it on that second touch.”
Junior captain Michael Wehberg scored off a sophomore Logan Ginnavan pass 29 minutes into the game to give Worcester a 1-0 lead.
Salisbury Christian tied it up about four minutes later.
Freshman Dylan McGovern netted a pass from freshman Hunter Simons shortly after to put the Prep team back on top.
The visiting Jaguars made it 2-2 capitalizing on a penalty shot about seven minutes before halftime.
“I told the boys Salisbury Christian was going to come out and give us their best shot and they did,” Adkins said. “The second half we made adjustments and the boys responded. They did well.”
Junior captain Brice Richins was fouled about 15 minutes into the second half. Wehberg took the penalty shot and scored. Richins gave Worcester a two-goal cushion about four minutes later.
Prep sophomore goalie Jack Gardner came up with some key saves, finishing the game will 11.
“Today, passing was great. [We] definitely showed we had a strong conditioning, and 50/50 balls – we were winning headers, especially the second half – that was the big difference there,” Adkins said. “The past two games the boys have been a second-half team. We’ve got to be able to play a whole 80, but they’re playing well.”
Worcester’s next game is Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. against the Holly Grove Eagles in Berlin.