(Sept. 6, 2019) After winning the girls’ soccer Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship last year, Worcester Prep Coach Carol Hartnett summed up the season as “perfect.”
The team went undefeated, 11-0, last year. The Lady Mallards scored 58 goals and only gave up one – in the championship game.
Sixteen of the girls on Hartnett’s 23-player roster – four seniors, one junior and 11 sophomores – were part of that successful run last season.
She will look to her four senior captains – Mesa Cammack, Madison Van Orden, Emily Copeland and Saylar McGuiness – to lead this year’s squad.
“They’ve all been on the team for four years,” she said. “They’ve done a great job. They really picked up where the old captains left off.”
Copeland, an All-Conference honoree, played in the goal her freshman year and she will return to the net this season.
McGuiness will be in front of her on the defensive line. Sophomore Lily Baeurle will assist in the back playing stopper.
Van Orden will help run the midfield. She will be joined in the middle by junior Waverly Choy and sophomore Morgan White, who received All-Conference accolades for her performance last season.
As a captain, Van Orden hopes to encourage her teammates and use her experience to help them. She also wants to make their experience enjoyable.
“I’m very excited and looking forward to the season. I think we’re doing really well and we’re coming together nicely and work together really well,” she said.
“I just want everyone to have fun and be a family and to be there for each other on the field and in school, too. We do all sorts of stuff outside the soccer field…It’s not just sports-related, it’s getting to know the personalities and character,” she continued.
Cammack will play on the forward line with sophomores Anna Carpenter and Natalie Brushmiller, who led the team in scoring last year with 18 goals.
Cammack earned All-Conference accolades for her performance last season. Brushmiller was presented honorable mention distinction.
“I have experience and we know the way Ms. H coaches, so we can help the younger players, give them some direction out there when we’re playing and hopefully guide them and help them become better players,” Cammack said.
“I’m always excited about soccer season. We’re starting to come together and bond and really form connections, which helps on the field,” she continued.
Hartnett, who has been leading the program since 1998, said the team’s new additions are making progress and fitting in well. For some of them, this is their first time playing soccer.
“Our offense and midfield are strong. We’re trying to work out the defense,” Hartnett said. “The girls are all working hard. They’re great teammates and they’re just nice girls.”
Hartnett said the goals for the season are for the girls to come together and play as a single unit, have each other’s backs, communicate, stick to the game plan and have fun.
“It’s a young team,” she continued. “I’m looking forward to a great season.”
Cammack and Van Orden said they would also like to win an ESIAC championship their senior year.
The first game of the season is Monday, in Salisbury against the Salisbury Christian Jaguars at 4 p.m.