(Oct. 11, 2019) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team’s offense and defense did its job on Tuesday as the Lady Mallards topped the Salisbury School Dragons, 6-2, in Berlin.
“I think we played fabulously. I think we were firing on all cylinders,” said Prep Coach Carol Hartnett. “I felt like everything we worked on the past week they were doing.”
Sophomore Anna Carpenter scored the first goal for the Mallards. Sophomore Natalie Brushmiller made it 2-0, then senior captain Mesa Cammack boosted Worcester’s advantage to 3-0.
Carpenter added another goal before halftime. At the break, the Prep squad led 4-1.
“The defense was smothering to start. [Sophomores] Lily Baeurle, Ava Nally, [freshman] Ava Wilsey, at a point for 10 minutes it was nothing but freshmen and sophomores on the field,” Hartnett said. “I’m proud of them.”
Brushmiller tallied two goals in the second half for a hat trick.
“This was our breast cancer awareness game and the kids were really into it. Everyone was in pink at the start of the game,” Hartnett said. “They communicated well and we had well-established layers of defense. We were not bunching up. Layers and layers; I can take one player out and put one in, which is nice.”
Prep senior captain Emily Copeland stopped seven Salisbury shots.
“Emily went out and stuffed them three or four times. She made some point-blank stops. That’s what keeps you in a game and keeps you motivated,” Hartnett said.
“[Salisbury] just beat Saints Peter and Paul [3-0] last week,” she continued. “We have tough games. Gunston is next week – they took Saints Peter and Paul to overtime [lost 4-3] – and then we play Saints Peter and Paul. Just check one off, check one off and we’re there.”
Worcester will host the Gunston Day Herons on Wednesday at 4 p.m. for Senior Day, then the Saints Peter and Paul Sabres next Friday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m.
“We’re just taking it game by game. We’re not looking past anyone,” Hartnett said.
The Mallards shut out Gunston, 5-0, on Sept. 25. Their only lost this season was to the Sabres. Saints Peter and Paul won the Sept. 18 matchup with Worcester in Easton, 2-0.
“We’re where we’re supposed to be in the season right now,” Hartnett said. “People are in positions they weren’t in at the start. People have earned spots, people have earned time. It’s just working and doing your job.”