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(Sept. 13, 2019) The Worcester Prep girls’ soccer team started off the season with two 5-1 wins this week.

The Lady Mallards’ first four games of the season are on the road. The first was Monday in Salisbury against the Salisbury Christian Jaguars.

Senior captain Mesa Cammack netted three goals for a hat trick. She also had an assist.

Sophomore Natalie Brushmiller scored Worcester’s other two goals.

The Berlin squad led 2-0 at halftime. Senior captain Emily Copeland recorded one save in the first half. Freshman Olivia Mattingly made two saves in the second half.

“We had first-game jitters, but we passed well, communicated well and everybody got game experience,” said Prep Coach Carol Hartnett.

The Mallards headed back to Salisbury on Wednesday, this time to take on the Salisbury School Dragons.

Cammack’s goal netted in the first five minutes of the game gave the Mallards momentum.

“That set the tone. It took a lot of relief off everyone,” Hartnett said. “We played really well. Definitely better than the other day. It was a much more intense game than Monday.”

Hartnett said the girls communicated and passed well and they were more selfish in taking shots, “which is what we need to be,” she added.

Worcester led 3-0 at halftime. Also scoring goals for the Mallards were senior captain Madison Van Orden, sophomore Morgan White and Brushmiller, who tallied two.

White also had four assists.

Copeland stopped six Salisbury School shots. Mattingly played in goal the last 15 minutes of the game. She wasn’t challenged.

Both goalkeepers also played on the field. Copeland stepped in at stopper and Mattingly played forward.

Worcester will travel to Easton on Wednesday to battle its Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference rival, the Saints Peter & Paul Sabres, at 4 p.m.

“It’s going to be a big game,” Hartnett said.

Hartnett said the Mallards will be working to solidify the defense and to understand positioning better. Playing through balls to the forward line will also be key.

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