By Kevin Eickman
Prior to the start of the season, both field hockey and boys soccer set qualifying for the State tournament as goals for their respective squads. As the final month of the regular season has begun, both of those dreams are still alive. There is a lot of work to do for both teams, but a solid October could garner tournament invites for both teams.
This past week was a big one for the soccer team as they traveled to Division I Sussex Tech, before they met up with Delmar in a key Henlopen South match-up. The Tuesday tilt against the 4-2-2 Ravens followed a similar script to many of the Buccaneers games this season as they fell behind early and then tried to come back. Things looked bleak for Milford as they surrendered two first half goals, creating the challenge they have become used to facing.
The resilient Buccaneers responded nicely as senior Peterson Mondelus cut the lead in half, as he tallied the Buccaneers first goal with just five minutes remaining in the stanza. Buoyed by the score Milford continued their attacking ways and were rewarded with the equalizer on a goal by junior Ducia Estime, in the games 58th minute. Neither team would score the rest of the way, including overtime as the game would end in a 2-2 draw.
On Thursday Milford once again fell behind at Delmar and found themselves in a 2-0 hole, this time the Bucs were unable to produce any goals in the first half and faced a daunting deficit against the Wildcats. The second half was a back and forth affair, which witnessed eight goals scored. The last of those goals came as Delmar converted a penalty kick in the games final minute to force overtime.
Scoreless after the first overtime, it looked as if the game might be headed to a draw. A handball in the penalty box however, gave Milford the opportunity to win the game. Mondelus calmly stepped up and found twine, giving the Buccaneers a huge 6-5 victory. The win pushed Milford’s record to 3-4-2 record and keep their playoff hopes alive.
On Tuesday Milford traveled to Laurel for a big divisional game. In a game in which the Buccaneers looked to do everything right, they somehow found themselves trailing as time was rapidly passing by. Even thought they had clearly outplayed the Bulldogs, Milford was looking at the very real possibility of their first Henlopen South loss of the season.
Emerging sophomore Rajene Bowe would have none of it however, as she tied the game with just 2:49 left in the contest. The big goal from the emerging Bowe sent the game into overtime. One that would see Milford win on a penalty stroke by another sophomore, Hayden Shockley. The win sets up a huge game at Indian River for the 5-3 Bucs this Tuesday, with the winner likely to emerge as the only team left to challenge heavily favored Delmar for the Henlopen South title.