By Kevin Eickman
Thanks to a second half comeback Milford girls soccer is off to a 1-0 start. In a game played in damp and frigid conditions, the Buccaneers displayed an offense that looks like it could be much improved from last season. They also displayed a deep resilience after falling behind 2-1 in the first half.
After the second goal of the game by Alyssa Hoch, the senior Blue Jay gave Seaford a 2-1 advantage. Milford clamped down on defense, while they waited for their offense to catch up. Playing in to a fierce wind in the first half did not help but a new back line buckled down and provided stability under the harsh conditions.
“It was tough going in the first half, the wind was a big factor and it caused us some problems early,” commented Coach Keith Short. “The defense is just learning to play together, so that added to the early problems as well.”
With the defense finding it’s footing, the offense began to assert itself towards the end of the first half. Senior Rebekah Yanacek scored the second of her three goals in the 29th minute, leveling the score at 2-2 as the teams entered the half. “Bekah had a great game, she found space all afternoon, and when she had her chances she made them count,” said Short.
Playing with the wind at their backs, the Lady Buccaneers unleashed an offensive barrage that had Seaford back on their heels the entire second half. Milford played with a confidence and poise that if continued, could make the other teams in the Henlopen Conference take notice. Milford quickly jumped ahead on the third goal by Yanacek in the 43rd minute, as the Bucs took a 3-2 lead that they would never relinquish.
The Buccaneers were not happy to just sit on the lead, they looked to expand on it at every opportunity. Again and again, Milford made attack runs up the Seaford middle. Producing numerous chances and keeping the Blue Jays busy. “We were really able to step up the pressure in the second half, the way we got the early passes out was great,” Short said.
With Milford enjoying continued control of the ball, it was just a matter of time before they put the game away. Milford closed out the scoring on a corner kick that found the head of sophomore Patty Delva. Playing in her first game, Delva was a presence all game long. Complimenting Yanacek and giving the Lady Bucs a second option. “Patty is a very fast and tough player, it was great for her to get that first goal today,” commented Short. “She adds a whole new dimension to this team.”
Catching up with Delva after the game, it was easy to see that she was happy with the results of the game.“It was a win that we really wanted, it is great that we were able to get the victory.” she said. “The fact that I got a goal was icing on the cake, it was a thrill.” Milford will host Caesar Rodney Tuesday , April 2 at 4pm.