(Nov. 1, 2019) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team struggled to get its momentum going during last Wednesday’s Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals against the Salisbury School Dragons in Berlin.
“We just couldn’t get it together,” Prep Coach Carol Hartnett said after the 5-3 loss. “We came out flat, which we just don’t generally do. We weren’t doing the things we did all season.”
Hartnett said the young team wasn’t focused on earning a championship banner this year, but rather on improving and strengthening their soccer IQ.
The Lady Mallards finished the season with a 6-2-1 record. Hartnett was pleased with the season overall.
She enjoyed the journey and seeing the girls grow as a team. They were one big family, she added.
“It was a great season. We are so much better now than we were the first game,” Hartnett said. “There was so much growth. Goal scoring was more than I ever anticipated [with such a young team].”
The girls had each other’s backs, they communicated well and enjoyed playing together, Hartnett said. She looked forward to practice each day.
“It’s been a great and exciting journey,” she said.
The team also had great senior leadership, she added.
“The seniors rocked it this season,” Hartnett said.
The team will graduate its four senior captains – Mesa Cammack, Madison Van Orden, Emily Copeland and Saylar McGuiness.
“They were big contributors all over the field,” Hartnett said.
All four have also been members of the team since they were freshmen.
In addition to the four seniors, Hartnett’s roster consisted of one junior, 13 sophomores and five freshmen. Many of those underclassmen saw a good amount of time on the field, and several even earned starting positions.
The future is bright, but Hartnett said she tries to enjoy the present.
The girls learned and improved throughout the season and were like “sponges,” Hartnett said.
“They took what we gave them and ran with it,” she said.
Several players received All-Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference awards for their performance this season.
Sophomore Natalie Brushmiller led the team in scoring again this year. She netted 21 goals and had four hat tricks.
“She was quite dominant this year,” Hartnett said of Brushmiller.
Brushmiller earned a spot on the All-Conference team along with Cammack, Copeland, and sophomores Ava Nally and Morgan White.
Brushmiller was also named Co-Player of the Year with Salisbury School’s Bridget Kemp.
Sophomore Lily Baeurle was presented honorable mention accolades.
Hartnett gave her team MVP award to Copeland. The Coaches Award went to Cammack. The Most Improved Player award was presented to White.