On The Cusp Of State Tournament Bid

 

Lady Bucs Defeat Seaford 5-0

By Kevin Eickman

Last Tuesday the Milford Buccaneers could not afford to stumble against the visiting Seaford Bluejays. However, with a sluggish start in the first half, the Bucs looked on the way to making things harder than they needed to be against their 4-10-1 opponent. The game was important to keep the Buccaneers tournament aspirations a reality.

After Milford had gained a 1-0 advantage early in the contest, courtesy of a goal from sophomore Kayla Brennan, they failed to build on that lead and in the process kept a team that didn’t belong in the contest hanging around. “The first half was real rough for us, it isn’t what we are looking for,” commented Coach Andrea Fleming. “We needed to be much better then that.”

Milford v. Seaford. Photo Taken By Kevin Eickman.

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In the beginning of the second half, while Milford maintained their lead, they still looked to be playing down to the competition “We started slow in the second half as well, it took a while before we finally got it going,” Fleming said.

However, once the Bucs kicked it into gear, they didn’t look back. Milford extended their lead to 2-0 on the first of two goals by senior Destiny Sivels, with 21 minutes left in the game. After Sivels made it 3-0 and effectively settled the issue, sophomore Haylee Scruggs got into the act scoring the first of her two goals of the match with 11 minutes left in the game. The final of 5-0 moved Milford’s record for the season to 9-4-0 for the year.

Fleming was pleased with how the team closed out the Bluejays. “We really stepped it up towards the end of the second half,” commented Fleming.“It was great to see them respond when the issue was in doubt, that’s the kind of play we will need down the road.”

The road ahead that Fleming is refers to includes two big tests that will close out the regular season. The first of those contests will feature a home match on Tuesday, October 30 against 12-1 Caravel Academy. Caravel is expected to be one of the top seeds if the tournament this year. Unfortunately for the Bucs it only gets harder on Thursday, November 1 when they travel to Lewes to face powerhouse Cape Henlopen who currently has a 13-1 record and have allowed just four goals all season.

While Milford is presently in a good position to make the tournament, a victory against either opponent would make a tournament birth a certainty. “These are teams we might very well see again down the road, these will be big tests for us,” commented Fleming. To win Milford will have to be at their best and be consistent. Fleming thinks her team will be up to the challenge. “We are capable of playing with these teams, we need to up our intensity focus and drive,” stated Fleming. “We need to give it everything we have if we expect to compete like we can.”

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