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Left) Worcester Prep freshman Ben McGovern shields the ball from a Delmar player during last Saturday’s game in Berlin. (Right) Prep senior captain Brice Richins battles for the ball. Worcester won, 5-3. Both McGovern and Richins scored a goal.

(Oct. 15, 2021) The Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team got wins over the Delmar Wildcats and Delmarva Christian Royals this week.

The Mallards celebrated homecoming last Saturday with a 5-3 victory over the Wildcats in Berlin.

“The first half started off a little slow, a little sloppy. We definitely cleaned it up in the second half, put more shots on goal and better possession overall,” said Prep Coach Jon Adkins.

Prep sophomore Dylan McGovern scored 16 minutes into the game. Delmar evened it up 11 minutes before halftime.

The Wildcats went ahead 2-1, before senior Anders Taylor tied it at the five-minute mark.

Delmar went ahead 3-2 with less than two minutes remaining in the half.

“At halftime, we just discussed that we didn’t play our brand of soccer and I put it on them, I said ‘we’re not making any adjustments, the guys out there are just going to have to clean it up’ and they responded very well,” Adkins said. “Delmar outscored us in the first half and I think that woke them up a little bit and they played a lot better second half.”

Freshman Ben McGovern headed the ball into the goal off a sophomore Hunter Simons corner kick about 14 minutes into the second half.

Dylan McGovern put Worcester on top, 4-3, with three minutes left on the clock. Senior captain Brice Richins capitalized on a breakaway with 1:49 remaining in the game.

Junior goalie, captain Jack Gardner, recorded six saves.

“Everybody could see the energy was a lot higher in the second half and the effort was there,” Adkins said. “The ball barely went over the half line. Defense definitely cleaned it up. There was really no threatening shots.”

On Monday, the Prep squad won, 3-1, over Delmarva Christian in Lewes, Delaware.

The Royals scored first, about three minutes into the game.

Two minutes before halftime, junior Pearson Schul tied it up.

“Delmarva Christian came out and parked the bus in front of the goal. They packed it in the defensive end, nine guys in the box,” Adkins said. “I told the guys to be patient, that we needed to pass to get through them and the goals will come, and they did.”

Senior captain Mike Wehberg scored five minutes into the second half.

Junior Logan Ginnavan increased Worcester’s advantage, 3-1, blasting a shot from 25 yards out at the 62-minute mark.

Gardner recorded four saves.

“We had opportunities, it was just hard to get through nine guys,” Adkins said. “We dominated possession, we worked the ball around, they stayed positive and worked together. They knew they were the better team and they played like it.”

The two teams will go head-to-head again today, Friday, at 4 p.m. in Berlin for Worcester’s Senior Day.

The Mallards will then play the Salisbury School Dragons on Monday at 4 p.m. in Salisbury.

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