By Kevin Eickman
The Milford Buccaneers field hockey team has been searching for consistency this year. This week saw Milford break a three game losing streak on Monday, only to record another loss on Thursday. On Monday Milford hosted a Smyrna squad, fresh off their first victory of the season.
Milford would get the scoring started as sophomore Courtney Lingo put the ball in the back of the net at the 14:50 mark of the first half. Milford demonstrated a stout defense in the first half, rarely allowing the visiting Eagles to control the ball on the Buccaneer side of the field.
The Bucs took the 1-0 lead into the second half and were able to extend it, as emerging freshman Megan Fry tallied the games second and final goal with 12:03 left in the game. Milford continued to deny Smyrna possession in the Milford end as the defense continued their strong showing on the afternoon, as they allowed only one shot on goal the entire game. “Our defense was very strong today, they really denied Smyrna the chance to get anything going,” said coach Andrea Fleming.
One player who looked to be all over the field Monday was senior Sydney Reynolds, who made numerous defensive stops during the course of the game. “Sydney was very good out there today, she had a very solid game, with some real key stops,” stated Fleming. “I was very pleased with the defense as a whole today, it was a great effort on their part.”
Talking with Reynolds after the game, she was happy that Milford was able to get back on the winning track. “It was a big win for us, we really needed to get back on the winning track,” Reynolds stated. “We’ve had a slow start to the season, and this game shows that if we work hard, good things will happen.” Also part of the sterling defensive effort, was senior Kasey Fry. “This was a big win for the team, we have to continue to improve and get some more wins.”
While Fleming was happy with the win, she knows that there is still a lot of work to be done for this group. “It was nice to break the losing streak, but we have several areas that we need to improve in,” said Fleming. “We need to get better at passing, and taking advantage of our opportunities as they present themselves. We need to finish our plays.”
Milford would travel to Polytech on Thursday, where they fell to the 7-0 panthers by a score of 7-1. The 2-4 Buccaneers will play two games this week, hosting Laurel on Tuesday and Saint Mark’s on Thursday. Start time for both contests is 4 pm.