With the season already more than a third of the way over, the Milford Buccaneers soccer team has found it a little difficult to remain consistent. While the record is quite respectable at 3 wins, 1 tie and 2 losses, Milford may regret two games that have slipped away. The first was last Saturday against undefeated Caesar Rodney. In that game the Bucs had a 2-1 advantage until Rodney equalized with just 5 minutes remaining in the game. While Milford was able to hang on for the draw, a win against a tough Rider squad would have been huge
“It was a game we really wanted, it just got away from us at the end.” coach Ken Outten said, adding “We even had a chance in overtime, but we didn’t get the goal that we needed to win that game.”
Perhaps the biggest disappointment came Thursday evening at Milford. Facing Delmar, Milford brought a 1-0 victory out of the locker room to start the second half. Even after the Wildcats scored an equalizer early in the second half, Milford enjoyed solid possession and a go ahead goal looked to be nothing but a formality. That go ahead goal came courtesy of a corner kick, with a lovely pass into the box that was firmly placed into the net by senior Connor Lingo in the 60th minute.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, the possession pendulum began to swing in the direction of the visiting Wildcats. Much like the game against Caesar Rodney, it was becoming apparent Milford was going to have a tough time hanging on.
“We had some tired legs out there tonight, and it showed at the end.” Outten added “Delmar is the type of team that doesn’t go away, and you have to make sure that you play the whole game.”
Wildcat senior Joseph Prochowinck scored the equalizer with just over 3 minutes remaining in the contest. Unfortunately for Milford Prochowinck wasn’t done, less then a minute later he put the go ahead in the back of the net. Suddenly what could have been a big victory, began a heart wrenching defeat. It was a game Milford was quite disappointed in. “While we wanted it, there is nothing we can do now but learn from it as we go forward.”
Milford has faced difficulties with manning, and will need to make adjustments if they want to improve. “We have some guys that are learning on the fly, but they are giving it their all.” Outten also said “We have lost a few people, but so does everyone. We just need to step up and play like we can.”
The Buccaneers have a big week of soccer ahead of them. They will face a strong Sussex Tech team on the road Tuesday at 5:30, before returning home to battle an even more accomplished Cape Henlopen squad Thursday evening at 7:30. Coach Outten knows these games will test his squad “These are big games, no doubt about it. We need to be ready.” A big crowd is expected for both games.