By Sean Marraffini
Coming off the heels of a 1-0 defeat to Seaford, Milford looked to rebound against Caesar Rodney but two early goals were not enough as the Riders stormed back to double up on the Buccaneers 4-2.
The Bucs played the ball well through the opening minutes, connecting on short and long passes along with good communication to the move the ball up the field. Any signs of life from the CR offense where quickly cleared out by Milford’s defense or stopped by goaltender Brent McFarland.
In the 12th minute Milford would take the lead when Hugo Arreguin-Orta headed a ball that was crossed into the box and caught the CR keeper out of place. The Riders took this as a wakeup call and forced McFarland to make a save in the 19th minute.
In the 25th minute Caesar Rodney had a throw in that landed at the feet of the CR attacker who fired a shot that sailed above the cross bar. Milford would double their lead three minutes later when the defense was caught looking and Peterson Mondelus fired home a shot. The two goal lead would only last for a short while however, when the Riders Lott Phinnessee scored off a corner kick to pull his team within one before half time.
“They’ve got some really fast guys and play off the long ball.” Head coach Ken Outten said.
Not long after the restart, Caesar Rodney would tie the game when a Milford hand ball inside the box lead to a penalty shot which was buried home by Ryne Johnson. The Riders and Bucs would take turns playing the ball up and down the field until in the 61st Caesar Rodney pulled ahead.
A run down the left side was crossed into the box and Midfielder Austin Heyward drove it home. The celebration would quickly be followed by another when just a minute later Phinnessee got his second of the night and gave CR the 4-2 lead and eventual win. Caesar Rodney would have a few more chances at goal but unable to capitalize with shots being turned away by McFarland.
“We’ve had four tough games to start,” Outten said. “We played tough against Seaford and came out starting on top against CR. We’re growing and getting better.”
Milford will look to redeem its self in their next game at home against Dover.
“We are playing well,” Outten said. “We just need to hit the back of the net a few more times.”