By Sean Marraffini
Milford Hangs on to Beat Smyrna
After winning their previous three games, Milford played a sound tactical game and defeated the Smyrna Eagles 1-0. Having shown improvement after a difficult opening schedule the Bucs played smart against a more physical team on the road and improved to a .500 record.
“This team has matured a lot,” Head coach Ken Outten said. “They’re all fighters and I am extremely proud of them.”
The Eagles came out looking for the first goal, leaving a lone striker up top. They relied on their midfield and defensive backs to pass the ball through midfield to then go on the attack. Sloppy defense and poor communication by Smyrna lead to one of their defenders to knock the ball into their own goal past Eagles keeper Jacob Stoner, giving the Bucs a 1-0 lead.
In the second half Smyrna used its size to drive the ball up field but Milford’s defense held strong breaking up plays and sending the ball back down field. The few shots that did get through were turned aside by keeper Brent McFarland, who made some amazing and critical stops.
With 10 minutes remaining in the second half, the Eagles put 10 men behind that ball and did everything they could in search for goal. They were unable to break the dead lock.
With about a minute left, the Bucs drove down field splitting defenders and firing at the net in an attempt to kill the clock and eventually seal the victory.
“We are going to do what we do.” Outten said. “Play high pressure and go after teams, and hope for the best.”
Milford cruises to victory over Campus Community
After a nail biting victory against Smyrna on Tuesday, Milford easily defeated the visiting Campus Community Cougars 8-0.
The Bucs’ Peterson Mondelus got the scoring going in the 5th minute and Milford never looked back. Andrez Luna-Lima and Still Espinal would add two more and Milford would lead 3-0 at half time.
In the second half it was much of the same with the Bucs controlling the play and driving towards the net.
“It was an opportunity for us to pass the ball around and remain disciplined.” Head coach Ken Outten said.
In the second half Milford would add five goals, with another by Mondelus and Luna-Lima. Demsky Florestal , Isai Sorcia and Connor Lingo, who was assisted by first choice keeper Brent McFarland who was playing as a striker, added the remaining goals.
“We had a tough start to the season.” Junior Phillip Berry said. “But we’ve gotten through and we are playing together as a team.”
At the final whistle Milford had 30 shots on goal to Campus Communities 1.
With a decisive victory against the Cougars, the Bucs look to continue their winning ways against Woodbridge on Tuesday, October 25. Game time is 7:00 pm in Milford.
“Now it’s time to get serious and play hard, just keep after it.” Outten said.