By Kevin Eickman
Make no mistake about it, Milford Field Hockey needed a win. When a team has aspirations of making the State Tournament, they need to be able to overcome adversity. In the previous week the Milford Buccaneers Field Hockey team suffered back to back defeats to Delmar and Sussex Tech. The losses served as reality check for Milford, and made this week’s contests critical.
On Tuesday Milford hosted Woodbridge in a game they desperately needed. The Lady Bucs enjoyed a 1-0 advantage at the break thanks to a goal by senior Destiny Sivels. While Milford was happy to have the lead, Coach Andrea Fleming felt that Milford left some opportunities on the field “We came out a bit flat, it is not the kind of effort that we needed in a game like this.” she said.
Milford put together a solid second half as sophomore Haylee Scruggs scored and Sivels added her second goal of the game. With Woodbridge only getting three shots on goal the entire game, senior goalie Rebekah Yanacek posted her third shutout of the season.
The Lady Bucs traveled to Georgetown on Thursday and got their second win of the week, posting a 4-1 victory over the winless Golden Knights. The victory improved the Milford record to 8-4 on the season. With just three games remaining, things are about to get serious for Milford.
This week the Bucs will host 3-7-1 Seaford High School on Tuesday and then have an entire week to prepare for powerhouse squads Caravel Academy (10-1) and Cape Henlopen (12-1). Milford will be hosting Caravel on the 30th of October, before traveling to Lewes to close out the regular season November 1st.
Milford has struggled with consistency of late and it’s an area that coach Fleming would like the team to address “We have got to put in the effort required, all the time, every time,” stated Coach Fleming. “We have to go to the ball and be aggressive, that’s what we need to do.” While it looks as if Milford will qualify for the State Tournament, a stumble against Seaford could be devastating “We have to play our best every game, there is no longer a margin for error,” Fleming said.