By Kevin Eickman
Time is growing short for Milford field hockey, as there are just three games remaining in the season. This past Friday Milford hosted a Appoquinimink team in a non-conference tilt. It was a game that changed dramatically as the first half came to a close. With Milford holding a 1-0 lead, courtesy of a Megan Fry goal, the visiting Jaguars had a penalty opportunity. The Buccaneers were able to stop the play and go on a break of their own, streaking down to the Appoquinimink end and earning a penalty play of their own as time expired on the second half. Milford ran the play perfectly as junior Rajene Bowe was able to put the ball past the Appoquinimink keeper.
“That was a big goal right there, we doubled our lead and went into halftime with a real feeling of confidence,” said Bowe.
The goal was huge as Milford had been battling a bit of fatigue as they were playing their second game in two days. Being able to shake off the cobwebs was huge for Milford. “The girls came out a little flat and being able to get a goal at the end of the first half was important,” coach Andrea Fleming stated.
Milford came out strong in the second half, dominating the visiting Jags from the jump. Senior Courtney Lingo scored a goal just three minutes in, making the score an even more comfortable 3-0 and clearly putting the issue to rest. Fry would close out the scoring for Milford adding her second goal on an assist from Bowe. Speaking about the game, Fry was thrilled that the Buccaneers came out with the victory. “Every game is important right now, we need to really bring it every game,” Fry stated.
Speaking with Fleming after the game, she believes that at 7-4-1, Milford has what it takes to make a run at a State tournament spot. She does however think that it is going to take a solid effort and a little luck. “To start with, we have to take care of our business,” Fleming said. “We have to play to the level we are capable of and hope the chips fall in our favor.” What has been a problem for Milford this season has been some inconsistency. “We have played down to some teams we were clearly better than, we can’t afford to do that down the stretch,” Fleming stated.
With just three games remaining, Milford will have to win two of them to have a chance at the tournament. Their next game will be a difficult one, as they host defending State Champions and currently 12-0 Cape Henlopen this Tuesday at 4pm. “There is no doubt about it, Cape presents a huge challenge, but you don’t worry about their record or who they are. You just play your best and make sure you leave it out on the field,” said Fleming.
The other two remaining games are also at home, as Milford will host Indian River and Saint Thomas More, with a loss in either game sealing Milford’s fate. “We just have to play like we are capable of and everything will take care of itself,” said a confident Bowe.