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(Left) Worcester Prep senior captain Morgan White carries the ball up the field during last Friday’s game against Saints Peter & Paul in Berlin. She had two goals in the 5-0 win. (Right) Prep freshman Maxine Ruggerio fights for the ball.

(Oct. 15, 2021) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team earned wins over Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference opponents, the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres and Salisbury School Dragons.

The Lady Mallards shut out the Sabres, 5-0, last Friday in Berlin.

“[We played] absolutely amazing. We won the possession game from beginning to end, we did some amazing things as a team on different levels – defensively, offensively – and just calming down and getting those shots in. Those were beautiful goals,” said Prep Coach Carol Hartnett.

Senior Myranda Beebe scored two goals in the first half and senior captain Morgan White had one.

White netted another in the second half, and senior Anna McDonald also had a goal.

Freshman goalie Abigail Ament recorded five saves.

“I absolutely loved the energy. Sometimes that can take you out of the game, but I said, ‘make sure you focus it for the good, don’t play into their physical game,’” Hartnett said. “I said ‘play with your feet, play with you heart and play with your head and we’ll be fine.’ This was one of our best games of the season. I just feel like everyone was firing on all cylinders. Everyone participated. It was absolutely great.”

On Monday, the Mallards won, 5-2, over the Dragons in Salisbury.

Beebe scored seven minutes into the game. Salisbury tied it up seven minutes later. Beebe made it 2-1, 10 minutes before halftime.

“We dominated the first half, we just couldn’t finish. We had opportunities, but we were just falling short,” Hartnett said. “There was a heavy mist and the field was wet. A wet field works against us because we’re fast.”

The team made some adjustments for the second half, which were beneficial.

“We had lost our shape and when we lose our shape we lose that attacking ability,” Hartnett said. “I said in the second half we need to strike early, and they did.”

Senior Natalie Brushmiller boosted Worcester’s advantage to 3-1 three minutes into the second half. She netted two more shots in the half for the hat trick.

“She was hungry. She was just working very hard,” Hartnett said of Brushmiller.

Ament recorded seven saves.

“I told them after the game that they proved today how coachable they are. It’s something I can’t teach them. It has to be inherent,” Hartnett said. “The girls cheered and supported each other, and that motivates them. There was contribution from everyone.”

Worcester will host the Crisfield Crabbers on Tuesday and then the Gunston Herons on Thursday. Both games are set to start at 4 p.m.

Tuesday is the team’s Breast Cancer Awareness Pink game. The senior Mallards will be recognized on Thursday.

“They’re so much better then when we started,” Hartnett said. “It’s fun to watch the progress. It’s fun to be a part of.”

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