Soccer Falls In Tournament Opener

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By Kevin Eickman

This past Tuesday night was the type of fall evening that makes you want to sit home and warm yourself next to a nice toasty fire. Unfortunately for the Milford soccer team, they were afforded no such luxury.

Traveling up to Dover for their 6 o’clock start against Archmere Academy, Milford knew that they would be in for a tough evening. With two All-State players on a fast Archmere squad, the pressure was sure to be on the Buccaneers defense.

While Milford was able to keep Archmere off the board for most of the first half, the floodgates opened towards the end of the half. After some key tactical adjustments, Archmere would score goals in the 32nd and 36th minute, taking a 2-0 advantage into halftime.

“I really thought we played well from the start, we held our own and I thought we had a chance in the game,” coach Todd French said. “Their changes and a couples of mistakes made by us due to the weather, really put us in the hole. Hats off to Archmere.”

Archmere would score a final goal in the second half, making the final score 3-0. While the win was disappointing, the Buccaneers did reach the State tournament for the first time since 2012, despite a rash of injuries.