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(Oct. 26, 2018) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team shut out the Salisbury Christian Jaguars, 9-0, in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals on Wednesday in Berlin.

“They played really well. They were firing on all pistons. They were really pumped up,” Prep Coach Carol Hartnett said. “We scored three goals in the first 11 minutes and they were nice goals – well passed and great shots.”

The Lady Mallards led 5-0 at halftime. Senior captain Delaney Abercrombie scored three goals to lead the squad. Senior captain Chloe Ruddo and junior Saylar McGuiness also netted a shot each in the first half.

Freshman Natalie Brushmiller tallied two in the second half, and freshman Anna Carpenter and junior Mesa Cammack each scored once.

Senior captain Gracie Gardner recorded six saves in goal for Worcester.

“They were excited. I think they’re happy to be home and be hosting,” Hartnett said. “The whole team contributed. I told the girls today it was a culmination of working together since August, and they just punched their ticket to the ESIAC finals.”

The undefeated Mallards will battle the Salisbury School Dragons for the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship title, today, Friday, at 3 p.m. in Berlin.

“We need to play our game and not play reactionary soccer,” Hartnett said. “We definitely play better at home. If we play our game and don’t worry about them, we’ll be fine.”

Hartnett said every layer the team has – from the goalie, to defense, to midfield and forward line – is strong.

“We have a good team and we have to finish it. We have to finish this strong,” she said.

The Prep squad is 10-0 and has scored 56 goals this season. The Mallards have not been scored on.

“The kids are confident, they have good chemistry on and off the field and they have each other’s back,” Hartnett said.

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