By Sean Marraffini
After finding their offensive form the last few games it looked liked it would be the same dominating play for the Lady Bucs who jumped out to an early lead, only to falter in the second half and tie with the Cape Henlopen Vikings 3-3.
Milford came out on the attack from the first whistle. Starting in place of first choice striker Rebekah Yanacek, was Morgan Anton who along with midfielders Stefanie Clendaniel and Tara Gleysteen , made their presence known.
It was in the third minute when Anton had a good run inside the box, but was turned away by the Cape defense.
However it wouldn’t take long for Yanacek to come on, in the tenth minute and bring a dual attacking force to Milford’s game.
In the 13th minute, some fancy passing between Gleysteen, Yanacek and Anton, resulted in Anton putting one past the Cape goalie and Milford going up 1-0.
The offensive pressure continued from Milford with more acute passing and shots on goal.
Anton would get a second goal in the 22nd minute, with a run on goal and firing a shot, which bounced of the Viking goaltender and back to the foot of Anton who kicked it home to put the Lady Bucs up 2-0.
A minute later, Yanacek would make her presence known, putting one past the Cape defense and taking Milford to a 3-0 lead.
It wouldn’t take long for Cape to pull one back when a Viking corner in the 24th with a shot that was just out of the reach of goaltender Brooke Hughes sailed over her and into the goal that slimmed Milford’s lead to 2.
“We took them lightly; we didn’t play the full 80.” Said Anton.
At start of the second half, the tenacity that was shown in the first half was absent. Cape came out on the attack and then in the 44th minute Viking forward Patricia Colucci, got one past Hughes to pull Cape within one.
“We started out good, but we lost focus and intensity, Yanacek said. Our defense and midfield weren’t there; we weren’t there as whole it just wasn’t our day.”
The score would be all tied up in the 48th minute when after a run on goal, the Cape attack fired a shot on Hughes, which rolled between her legs and into the net.
Riding a roller coaster of energy, Milford played the extra time like they had the first half, coming out on the attack and getting shots on goal.
The attack was relentless, not allowing for the Vikings to even get the ball out of their end.
The highlight for the Lady Bucs came in the 87th minute when Anton fired a shot on goal that sailed wide of the net.
Despite the strong attack, Milford was unable to turn the corner and the game ended in a 3-3 tie.
“This is a victory we needed if we had any aspirations of making it to the state tournament, this really hurt us. Head Coach Keith Short said.
The Lady Bucs will look to find their winning ways again, on the road at Sussex Tech game time is 5:30pm.