Milford Field Hockey moved to 3-1-1 on the season after a strong 2-0 finish this past week. The Lady Bucs outscored their opponents by a score of 12-0 and only allowed 1 shot across both games. The scores were an 8-0 victory over Seaford High School and a 4-0 victory over Laurel High School. One thing that stood out in both games was that Milford outclassed their opponents in all facets of the game.
Milford Head Coach Andrea Fleming was aware that her team had favorable matchups, but she knew better than to allow her players to feel that way.
“Our goal is to always keep our intensity level up and to treat every game as if we were playing the best team in the state. We don’t look at the game as a comparison of our skills, but rather as a comparison of wills. We bring the hunger, and it is up to our girls to play our brand of hockey, regardless of the opponent,” Fleming said.
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Milford dominated Seaford, outshooting the Blue Jays by a total of 14 shots to 0. Milford goals were scored by a host of different players. Senior Darby Brennan had 3 goals, and junior Jessie Donovan, freshman Summer Davis, senior Anna Sollie, freshman Madeline Sekscinski, and sophomore Alivia Cromer all added one goal as well.
The Lady Bucs outplayed Laurel as well, but the Bucs left a few too many points off the board for their coach’s liking.
“We had 25 shots this game and 20 corners as well. That shows a lot of missed opportunities considering we only had 4 goals. I’m happy that we got the win, but it’s important that our girls start converting on any given scoring opportunity,” Fleming said.
The Lady Bucs four goals were scored by sophomore Olivia Cromer, freshman Summer Davis, senior Anna Sollie, and senior Emily Sylvester. Fleming gave high praise to freshman forward Samantha Jacona, and credited her with a lot of the Bucs transition plays through the midfield.
Even though the game was largely offensive for Milford, one player who really stood out was junior defenseman Emma Shockley. Shockley turned aside any counter opportunity that Laurel had to offer and drilled a few long balls all the way down into her team’s attacking zone.
“Emma is an extremely coachable player, honestly a coach’s dream. She works hard every day, pushes herself to the limit and is always looking for improvement. She takes constructive criticism well, and she really sets a great example for the younger girls in our program,” Fleming said.
Even though this year’s team is displaying a lot of newer faces, Fleming made it very clear that this is not a rebuilding year. Her players have experience and talent, and through five games they have proven that they deserve the respect of being a top-tier opponent in the state.
Milford’s next game is at home against Smyrna on Tuesday, September 26 at 4 PM.
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