Mallards Snuff Dragons In Season Opener

Mallards Snuff Dragons In Season Opener
Worcester’s Graham Hammond prepares to launch the ball into the Salisbury School end of the field during the second half on Monday’s 1-0 win over the Dragons. Photo by Shawn Soper

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity soccer team got off to a fast start this week, beating Salisbury School, 4-0, at home to open the season with an 1-0 mark.

The first half ended in a scoreless tie as the two familiar rivals opened the season on Monday. Worcester’s Ryan Cronin broke the ice and got the Mallards on the board just three minutes into the second half. Cronin took a pass down the right sideline and made a couple of nice moves past Dragon defenders before firing a low shot in the corner to stake Worcester to a 1-0 lead.

The score remained 1-0 through much of the second half before Worcester started finding the back of the net as time wore down. The Mallards would add three more goals to pull away for the 4-0 win over the Dragons. Cooper Richins recorded a shutout in the goal for Worcester, which opened with a big home win.

It doesn’t get any easier for Worcester going forward as they embark on the 2018 campaign. With a corps of veteran players including nine seniors and eight juniors, along with an influx of underclassmen all over the field, the sky’s the limit for Worcester this fall, but the schedule is challenging.

The Mallards were scheduled to play Bayside North power North Caroline on the road on Thursday in a game in jeopardy because of the pending storm. After that, Worcester is scheduled to face always-tough Cape Henlopen on the road on Monday.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.