WP girls soccer 10419

(Oct. 4, 2019) After starting the season with four games on the road, the Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team finally competed on its home field and was successful.

The Lady Mallards netted six goals and held the Salisbury Christian Jaguars scoreless last Friday in Berlin.

“We played really well. We were firing on all cylinders,” Prep Coach Carol Hartnett said. “At every level we were being successful.

“In the defensive end, we were making great stops and we were clearing balls decisively. In the midfield, we were backing up the front line and we were working back playing defense,” she continued. “We’ve been working on being touch tight – touch your mark and know where she is all the time – and obviously our strikers were right from the start firing on the goal, and they were good, strong shots.”

Sophomore Natalie Brushmiller scored three goals for a hat trick in the first half. Sophomore Morgan White tallied one goal in the first half and added two more in the second to also earn a hat trick.

“It was the first time in the history of our girls’ program we had two hat tricks in the same game,” said Hartnett, who has led the team since 1998.

Senior captain Emily Copeland played in goal in the first half. She stopped four shots. Freshman Olivia Mattingly recorded one save in the second half.

Hartnett said it was nice to finally play at home.

“We know what the ball’s going to do, we know where we can shoot from and we know where each other is,” she said. “When you play on a field it becomes as comfortable as a glove. When you’re going other places the glove never exactly fits you.”

Worcester will finish the regular season at home. The Mallards have three games remaining before the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference tournament.

They will host the Salisbury School Dragons on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

“We’re coming along amazingly well. I’m happy the team is growing together and [the girls are] growing as people,” Hartnett said. “It’s been a good season. It’s been a team effort. Everyone has played every half unless they were sick or hurt or something.”

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