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(Sept. 27, 2019) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team shut out the Gunston Day Herons, 5-0, on Wednesday in Centreville, led by sophomore Natalie Brushmiller, who netted four goals.

“They played really well in a lot of different aspects,” said Prep Coach Carol Hartnett. “They were marking up on defense. Communication on defense was awesome. The strikers were connecting the dots and taking good shots, and the midfield worked hard.”

Hartnett shifted the defense around on Wednesday because sophomore Ava Nally was sidelined after suffering an injury during last week’s game.

She said freshmen Annie Carter and Ava Wilsey did a fantastic job in the back during Wednesday’s match.

Brushmiller score the first goal for Worcester and sophomore Morgan White tallied the second. Brushmiller made it 3-0 before halftime. Brushmiller added two more goals in the second half.

Senior captain Emily Copeland played in goal in the first half. She recorded five saves.

Freshman Olivia Mattingly took over in the second half and made three saves.

“The weather was perfect. It was just a beautiful day to play a game,” Hartnett said. “All around it was a great team effort. Everyone contributed all over the field, which is what we need to be successful.”

After starting the season with four games on the road, the Lady Mallards will finally play on their home field, today, Friday.

Their first home game of the season is against the Salisbury Christian Jaguars at 4 p.m., today, in Berlin. When the two teams met in Salisbury on Sept. 9, Worcester won 5-1.

The Prep team will finish its regular season with four game on its home field.

Hartnett said the Mallards are looking forward to playing on their field. They will kick off their home-field run with a cupcake social following today’s game with the Jaguars. Both squads will enjoy homemade treats and socialize after they play.

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