By Sean Marrafinni
The Milford girl’s soccer team came out on the attack but would lose the momentum in the second half and fell 3-0 to the Delmar Wildcats.
Having a strong offensive game was one of the goals that head coach Keith Short had set for the season. The Bucs started to show that they planned to make it part of their game, coming out and playing most of the first half in front of the Delmar goal.
Milford came out with an attacking formation formation of 4-4-1-1. Skipping most of midfield and used the long ball to drive up the field.
“A lot of our attack is hitting targets, playing out the back to go forward.” Short said.
Half way through the first Milford started to hit their stride with Morgan Anton having a good shot on goal, followed shortly by Tara Gleysteen with a deke around the defenders and a shot that met the hands of the Delmar’s goalie.
The Buccaneers continued to knock on the door with Stefanie Clendaniel firing a shot that sailed just over the crossbar in the 23rd minute.
After the offensive spurt the two teams played the remainder of the half in the midfield which was only highlighted by a Delmar shot on goal easily turned away by goalie Rebecca Yanek.
At the start of the second half Delmar turned up the aggression with forward Sara Ellis being shown a yellow card for an aggressive trip.
Shortly after the offense would get aggressive when Delmar midfielder Taylor Elliot would have a good run inside the penalty box but was stopped by the Milford defense.
Halfway through the second, Delmar would get on the board with a stunning “bend it like Beckham” shot from Samantha Johnson taken from the edge of the penalty box that sailed over the Milford defense and curled right into the back of Milford goal.
After allowing the Delmar goal coach Short switched goalie replacing Yanek with Sydney Reynolds.
“We made some personnel changes up top to find a combination that would work, in an attempt to get a goal back.” Short said. “I changed the formation leaving three up front and three in the back to try and create more chances.”
In 49th minute the was shown a yellow card for a questionable trip on Delmar defender Amber Austin.
In the waning moments of the game Delmar would score two more to put the game away.
“We sadly couldn’t find an offensive combination that worked.” Short said.
In the 53rd minute Johnson would add her second and four minutes later Sara Ellis would add another.
The girls will now prepare for a game Friday at home (start time 5:30pm) vs. Caesar Rodney who have scored 23 goals in three games while allowing none.
“It’s going to be a tough one.” Short said. “We have to keep things clean in penalty box and 18 area and hope for a counter attack.”