By TJ Millman
The Milford Boys Soccer team broke their four game losing streak this past week, beating both Middletown and Lake Forest to improve to 3-5 on the year. They beat Middletown by a score of 2-1, and they dominated Lake Forest in a 4-0 shutout. Milford goals were scored by freshman Landan Hajek (2), sophomore Jafet Gamboa Perez (2), junior Erens Mondelus (1), and senior Daniel Sanchez-Escalante (1).
Milford has been bitten by the injury bug this year, often missing a player or two from the lineup, and they have had to rely on some of their younger talent to step up when their number is called. Against Middletown, Milford was locked in a 1-1 contest where they spent much of the game on their heels. Middletown outshot the Bucs 11-5, but junior goalkeeper Jaxson Turner kept Milford in the game with 10 saves.
With only 6 minutes left in the game, it came down to freshman Landan Hajek, playing in only his third ever varsity game. Hajek was able to get the ball passed the keeper, and gave Milford the game winning goal that they needed to break their 4-game skid.
“Erens (Mondelus) played me a good ball, and I managed to take that and make a big play out of it. I’m a smaller guy, so I play as aggressively as I can to help make up for that. Moments like those are so exciting, and it’s just the greatest thrill of being an athlete,” Hajek said.
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Milford’s game against Lake Forest was much different than their game against Middletown, and this time it was Milford who spent the majority of the game on the attack. The Bucs had a ton of chances early, scoring a goal only a minute into the game, but they were blanked for the rest of the first half.
“We played hard for the first five minutes of the game, but our guys started to slack off a little. We talked at halftime, and they knew that they needed to get focused and pick it back up. This week was huge for our guys because it showed that we won’t quit. We dropped a game to SAS last week when we were up 1-0, and our guys didn’t roll over. We came back this week with a vengeance and showed that we are not a team that is going to give up,” Milford Head Coach Todd French said.
The Bucs scored three more times in the second half, finishing the game 4-0, and Hajek scored his third goal in only four varsity games.
“We saw that Hajek had talent right off the bat. He was putting goals away on JV, and we brought him up just a few games ago to give him his shot. He puts himself in the right place, and he goes hard every single minute. He’s just another part of this exciting freshman class that we get to have for the next four years,” French said.
The Bucs’ next game is Tuesday, October 10 at home against Sussex Tech at 6 PM.
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