By Kevin Eickman
Prior to the start of the season, Milford field hockey coach Andrea Fleming knew that there would be some bumps in the road. The first week of the season started with a 2-0 victory this past Tuesday, as the Buccaneers visited Seaford. While it was a victory, Milford had some difficulty properly maintaining their positioning during the contest.
“We had some players that failed to maintain proper spacing and positioning at Seaford,” stated Coach Fleming. “We have some younger players that need to have a better understanding of play, but a win is a win.” The lone goal scorer for Milford was junior Haylee Scruggs, who netted both goals.
Thursday proved to be a much more difficult task for Milford, as they hosted the reigning State Champions, Cape Henlopen. Milford struggled early in the game, falling behind early and not having any answer in the first half against the visiting Vikings as the half ended 6-0.
“The first half was a tough one, the Cape girls have tremendous ball handling skills,” Fleming stated. “They were able to control the ball, and there was very little we could do about it.”
The second half saw Milford play much better, challenging Cape for possession, and creating serious offensive opportunities for the Buccaneers. While Cape continued to add to their advantage, the fact that Milford was playing better is a good sign for Milford.
“The girls showed great improvement in the second half, we fought hard, and showed what we are capable of,” said Fleming.
Milford finally got on the board late in the game, as freshman Rejene Bowe scored her first ever goal for the Bucs. In the game freshman keeper Brianna Cahall recorded sixteen saves, to go with the shutout she recorded on Tuesday. When asked what areas Milford needs to improve in going forward, Fleming responded,“We need to really improve our stick skills, we need to improve our defensive marking as well. While our initial mark is good, we get caught looking on a players second move and it hurts us,” Fleming stated. “We need to get more speed through the midfield, and we need to improve on our passing.”
Milford is on the road this week on Tuesday against Lake Forest and against Dover on Thursday. Both games start at 4 pm.