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(Nov. 6, 2020) The Worcester Prep and Saints Peter & Paul girls’ soccer game ended tied, 1-1, after the first overtime period on Wednesday in Berlin because it was too dark to continue.

Prep Coach Carol Hartnett said the Lady Mallards were a little rusty in the first half because they hadn’t played a game since Oct. 20.

“It took a little while to get going,” she said. “And the field was wet. It was like running in quicksand. We dominated possession the whole first half, but we just couldn’t finish.”

Hartnett said the Mallards’ momentum was great in the second half and the girls had numerous opportunities to score.

“We just couldn’t put the ball in the goal,” she added.

Saints Peter & Paul scored early in the second half.

“They were a little discouraged, but they bounced back,” Hartnett said. “They’re a hard-working group. You can’t ask for anything more.”

About seven minutes after the Sabres’ goal, Prep junior Myranda Beebe was pushed down in the box. Freshman Ansley Gardner took the penalty shot and was successful.

“She drained it,” Hartnett said. “She’s very confident for a freshman.”

Unfortunately later in the game, Gardner injured her knee and was sidelined.

During overtime, Hartnett said the Mallards again had several chances to score, but were unsuccessful in putting the ball in the back of the net.

“The field conditions didn’t help. We’re a fast team and it’s hard to be fast playing in sloppy conditions,” she said.

Prep sophomore goalie Olivia Mattingly came up with several big saves. She finished the game with seven.

This was also the Mallards annual “Pink Game” to support breast cancer awareness. The girls wore pink for those battling cancer and for those who have won and lost the fight.

Worcester will take on the Salisbury School Dragons, today, Friday, at 2:30 p.m. in Salisbury for the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship.

When the teams went head-to-head on Oct. 20, the game went into overtime and penalty kicks. Salisbury came out on top, 3-2, in shots.

“We’re not going to change anything. We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing,” Hartnett said. “Everything’s firing on all cylinders, we just have to finish.”

The Worcester Prep boys’ team will also face Salisbury on the road for the championship. Game time is at 2:30 p.m.

Salisbury won Wednesday’s competition over Worcester, 1-0, in Salisbury.

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