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Senior Max Huber controls the ball for Worcester Prep during Wednesday’s game against Gunston Day in Berlin. Worcester won 2-0.

(Sept. 27, 2019) The Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team earned two, 2-0, shutout victories this week on its home field in Berlin.

Worcester hosted the Delmarva Christian Royals on Monday.

Senior captain Gavin Carmody provided the Mallards with a 1-0 lead in the first half. He assisted senior Joseph Issel’s goal in the second half.

Senior Spencer Paquette recorded 10 saves for Worcester.

“I think since the rough start losing the back-to-back ESIAC games, they have just been more focused and determined in practice,” said Prep Coach Jon Adkins. “We have worked on finishing and moving the ball/switching fields and they are really starting to understand what we are preaching to them.

“Passing was the best it’s been this year,” he continued. “We are going after the 50/50 balls. The defense was superb. [They are] really starting to play as a team.”

The Gunston Day Herons came to Berlin on Wednesday for competition. The game was scoreless at halftime.

“[It was a] very slow start. I think we were lucky it was 0-0 at half,” Adkins said. “I challenged our seniors for the second half and they answered.”

Senior captain Ryan Cronin netted a penalty shot with 27 minutes left in the game. After a Gunston foul, he scored on a free kick with about six minutes on the clock.

“Ryan Cronin, a senior leader, had the two goals. Very proud of the second half, but we need to play a full 80 minutes next time,” Adkins said. “The second half we were setting up our triangles and switching the field well. [Sophomore] Michael Wehberg is just a great defensive player. Defense is stepping up. Offense, we just got to keep going.”

“We were just dangerous,” he continued. “We have the talent to be dangerous, we just got to do it for 80 minutes.”

Paquette made five saves in his second consecutive shutout.

“We have high expectations here and we have a two-game winning streak going and hopefully we can continue to elevate and play the way we know we can play,” Adkins said.

Worcester will travel to Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday to play Sussex Academy at 4 p.m.

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