By Kevin Eickman
Last season was a tough one for Milford boys soccer. Following a five game losing streak in the middle of the season, the Buccaneers made a dramatic run at the playoffs only to come up one victory short of qualifying for the State Tournament. Losing the final game of the season, Milford concluded their 2013 campaign with a 7-8 record.
With Kenny Outten now retired, Todd French takes the reigns this year as the new head coach. Looking at this year’s squad, French likes what he has seen so far. “We have a real good team, with a nice mix of returning talent and some exciting younger players,” French stated.
One of the veteran players French will be looking forward to providing leadership will be senior defender Brandon Perez. “Brandon is very solid in the back, he is a natural leader as well,” said French. Up front senior Peterson Mondelus will be expected to provide some scoring punch. “Peterson if a very gifted player who is very exciting to watch,” French commented. “He is a returning All-State player that we will look forward to providing us with some goals.”
Some new faces on the Varsity squad that Milford will look to to log big minutes this year are sophomore Matt Mitzel and junior Derek Bogen, who will be playing mid-field. “These are some of the younger guys that we are counting on to step up this season, we think that they are capable of doing some very good things for us,” French stated.
Milford anticipates placing the emphasis on possession, trying to control the flow of the game and taking advantage as opportunities present themselves. “We will utilize short and accurate passing to keep control of the ball,” French said. “If we do it correctly the chances will come for us and we should be able to do well.”
Discussing his first year as Milford Head Coach, French who was a long time assistant to Outten is looking forward to it. “I’m very excited about the opportunity and I am really looking forward to the season getting started,” French commented. “I have inherited the team at a very good time and I believe that we are ready to win.”
The memory of missing out on the playoffs last season is a failure that French is looking to correct this season. “We definitely want to make the tournament this season, missing out the way we did last year was painful,” said French. “I also think that it is something that will serve us well this season, everyone understands how important each game is.”
Milford will start the season at Appoquinimink on Friday, September 5, before they host Delaware Military Academy on Tuesday, September 9. Start time for the home opener is 5:30 pm.