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(Oct. 22, 2021) The Worcester Prep boys’ soccer team secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference and tournament home-field advantage this week.

On Monday, Worcester’s game with the Salisbury School Dragons in Salisbury ended in a 2-2 tie.

The Mallards had to battle back after the Dragons scored right before halftime and midway into the second half to take a 2-0 lead.

“The first half we looked sloppy, we were flat and just a step off,” said Prep Coach Jon Adkins. “At halftime we discussed where the energy was at. The second goal woke us up.”

Sophomore Hunter Simons netted a shot from 35 yards out with 14 minutes left in the game.

“We had a lot of opportunities and when Hunter buried the free kick it got us going,” Adkins said.

Sophomore Dylan McGovern assisted senior captain Brice Richins’ goal with six minutes on the clock.

The teams than played two 10-minute overtimes, but neither was successful in scoring.

“I thought we’d win it in overtime. We dominated, we had a couple chances but we couldn’t get it past their goalie,” Adkins said. “It wasn’t what we wanted, but we’re still first in the conference.”

Worcester was down two starters, who were missing because of college visits.

Junior Chandler Schrider played in goal for Worcester and recorded six saves.

On Wednesday, Worcester shut out the Holly Grove Eagles 4-0, in Westover.

McGovern assists Richins goal then scored one of his own in the first half.

“It was another slow start. The first goal lit a spark and our energy level rose,” Adkins said.

Worcester was awarded two penalty shots in the second half because of fouls by Holly Grove players. McGovern netted the first and his brother, Ben, a freshman, capitalized on the second.

“At halftime I challenged them to play our brand of soccer and for them not to let the ball get in our defensive third,” Adkins said. “I was happy with the effort in the second half. We started to find our groove in the second half. We dominated possession, we put pressure on their defense, we had some good corners and multiple opportunities.”

Junior captain Jack Gardner stopped four Holly Grove shots.

“We wanted to send a message to not only Holly Grove, but the rest of the conference,” Adkins said.

Top-seeded Worcester will host No. 4 Holly Grove for the ESIAC semifinals on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

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