By Kevin Eickman
When looking at the opening week schedule for the Milford boys soccer team, it was obvious that there was going to be nothing easy about it. On Tuesday Milford traveled to the Kirkwood Soccer Club, to battle Delaware Military Academy (DMA). It was a quality test right out of the gate, a test the Buccaneers would pass with flying colors.
Milford got out to a fast start, as junior Peterson Mondelus opened the scoring for the Buccaneers, netting the first goal of the game at the 11 minute mark. DMA would respond however, getting the equalizer in the 29th minute. Milford wasted little time responding as senior Carlos Hernandez would put the Bucs ahead to stay, scoring a goal just a minute later. Milford would add another goal in the 33rd minute, giving the Bucs the 3-1 lead they would take into halftime.
The second half was a battle of a attrition, as the heat took its toll on both squads. “The second half was a real test for everybody, we battled a tough team along with the heat, and all that goes along with that,” Coach Ken Outten stated. “It was a real challenge in game management, and the guys wore down towards the end of the game.” DMA would add another goal, which gave the game a final score of 3-2.
Thursday Milford traveled to Cape Henlopen, that game however was suspended after 22 minutes, due to weather. “We weren’t playing our best on Thursday, we probably were a little tired from Tuesday, so it might work out better for us down the road,” said Outten.
Milford completed the week, hosting a highly regarded Saint Mark’s team on Saturday. It was a game that saw the Buccaneers play well but they failed to get a result, falling to Saint Mark’s 2-1. “We played very well against them, I honestly think that we outplayed them on the field,” Outten stated. “They scored both their goals on set pieces, it is definitely something we need to work on.”
When asked about his thoughts on the 1-1 Buccaneers, Outten thinks his team is coming along quite nicely. “This group of guys is a great team to coach, they are eager to learn, tough and give it everything they have on the field,” said Outten. “This is a physically and mentally tough team, they can really turn some heads going forward.” When asked about new comers to the squad, Outten was quick to point out the play of senior Evan Becker. “Evan is brand new to soccer and has been very impressive so far, he had a great game against Saint Marks today.”
Milford will host Lake Forest on Tuesday, then travel to Indian River for a huge battle on Thursday evening. Start time for both games is 7pm.