WP boys soccer 102020

(Oct. 2, 2020) After more than a month of practices, the Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team stepped on the field last Friday to play the Gunston Day Herons in Berlin, and won, 3-0.

“It’s hard keeping them engaged for a month and a half of practice without a game. They were just excited and I’m happy for them. They were having fun [and] we got a lot of guys in - a lot of playing time,” said Prep Coach Jon Adkins. “They know the opportunity that they’ve been given and they’re going to make the most of it. Today was the first step in that.”

Junior Brice Richins put the Mallards on the board about five minutes into the game. Freshman Kannon Cropper assisted the goal.

Junior Michael Wehberg netted the team’s second goal with 25 minutes left in the game. Sophomore Logan Ginnavan tallied the third goal with 10 minutes remaining on the clock.

Richins assisted both goals.

Sophomore goalie Jack Gardner recorded nine saves.

“We started off well. We had a little slump there in the middle of the first half, but the second half they answered the call,” Adkins said. “They dominated possession, defense played well [and] offense carried us. We still have to make more shots – we left some goals out there – but overall they played very well under these conditions for the first game.”

Worcester Prep, an independent, college prep day school, and Gunston are both members of the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference.

Worcester Prep begin in-person instruction on Sept. 1 for students in grades 9-12, with everyone returning by Sept. 8.

With safety protocols in place, Worcester Prep student-athletes stepped back on the field, court or course late last month for practice.

“It’s good that we’re out here, and at least we’re playing. I’m really happy that we’re playing,” Wehberg said. “It was a great first game and I’m excited for the following games. Hopefully we can keep a winning streak. We all get along really well [and] we’re all playing really well together. We’ve just got to play our hardest and get better as a team.”

The Mallards will play only five games this season, four of which are on their home field.

Worcester will host Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference opponent, the Salisbury Christian Jaguars, today, Friday, at 4 p.m.

Spectators will be allowed to attend. Face coverings and social distancing is required.

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