(Oct. 26, 2018) One of the goals of the Worcester Prep field hockey team this season was to get back to the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference finals and compete for a title.

The Lady Mallards accomplished that goal with a 4-1 victory over the Gunston Day Herons in the semifinal round on Wednesday in Berlin.

“They played good. They looked like they had a little fire in them and the passing combinations were good from the start,” Prep Coach Katie Oxenreider said. “It wasn’t such a slow start as we sometimes have. They were getting to the 50/50 balls, they were winning them and they were more in their defensive zone in the beginning.”

Junior Hana Miller put Worcester on the board about three and a half minutes into the game.

Senior captain Hailee Arrington made it 2-0 one minute and 45 seconds into the second half. Junior Rylie Carey netted a shot about four minutes later.

Gunston tallied its lone goal with less than 19 minutes remaining in the game.

Senior Maya Natesan scored the Mallards’ fourth goal with about 15 minutes on the clock.

Junior goalie Aly Matha stopped five Gunston shots.

The Prep squad will take a trip to Westover to battle the Holly Grove Eagles today, Friday, at 3:30 p.m. for the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference title. The teams went head-to-head twice this season with Holly Grove winning 3-1 and 3-0.

“It’s basically going to come down to the same type of stuff – coming out on fire right away and wanting it more than they do,” Oxenreider said. “I think we’re very similar in style of play, we just have to want it more.”

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