By Kevin Eickman
In a difficult start to the girls’ soccer season, the Milford Buccaneers have faced some very talented teams. Last Tuesday on a dark and dreary afternoon, Milford faced another as they hosted an undefeated Sussex Tech team who were clearly better. The result would be a 9-0 defeat, which dropped Milford to 0-3 on the season. While the defeat was easily disheartening, Milford never let up and played until the final whistle. The second half was a demonstration of how persistent Milford can be.
“Tuesday wasn’t easy for any of us, but the girls kept on going to the end, kept on trying to get the job done correctly,” Coach Donovan Howard stated. “They refuse to give up and that tells me all I need to know about them, they have the heart to play this game.”
In contrast, Thursday was a joyous culmination of the efforts Milford has put into this point in the season. The weather and result were in stark contrast of the previous match as the Buccaneers came away with their first victory of the season, defeating the visiting Blue Jays 5-0. Speaking with senior Silvara Santiago following the game, she was confident that the losing would not continue for the squad.
“We’re very close to each other and we believe in ourselves. We knew that if we kept on working hard that we would eventually break through,” Santiago said. “We won’t ever quit, we are driven by the coaches and each other, we are like a family.”
Milford was on the front foot early as they scored four first half goals and settled any doubt of the outcome early in the second half. Sophomore Maisie Petchy put an exclamation point on the game as she connected on a strike from 20 yards out, that lofted over the Seaford goalkeeper. This gave Howard a chance to be active with substitutions and get some of the less experienced players some time on the pitch.
“We are always looking to improve the way players get experience in games as well as practice,” commented Howard. Other goal scorers included Santiago with a pair, freshman Carlie Fogel and sophomore Emma Sekscinski.
Speaking with Howard following the game, his belief is that a win is just what the doctor ordered. “It’s great to get a win, everyone has been working so hard but it’s fantastic to be on the winning side of things for a change,” said Howard. “When you see the effort the girls have been putting in, it’s great to see them get a result like tonight.”
While the win was nice, Howard felt there were things Milford needed to improve on. “We were not as smooth in possession as we could have been, that is something we continue to work on. We have been improving in that area but we still have a way to go in that area,” Howard said.
When asked about the 0-3 start and the ability of the squad to stay positive, Howard responded “Life is short, you don’t have time to get down on yourself. We have each other to play for and that is what this team is all about,” stated Howard. “Our goal is always to give a hundred percent and we have been doing that. When you do that good things are bound to occur. One of our biggest helps has been coach Ed Evans who has been with me for four years and is always doing something to make us a better team.”
The 1-4 Lady Buccaneers will host Delmarva Christian Tuesday at 5 pm.
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