By TJ Millman
It was Senior Night for Milford Soccer, and the Bucs won a 2-0 shutout against the Blue Raiders of Woodbridge in their last home game of the season. Goals were scored by sophomore Lyod Coutilien and sophomore Angel Moreno. Brothers Josh Strassle (sophomore) and Kyle Strassle (senior) each had an assist in the win.
Even though it was Senior Night, Milford stuck with their young core of players who have been playing a lot of minutes this year. At one point there was only one senior even left on the field. Milford only had four seniors to begin with, and of those four only one played all four years of soccer for the Bucs.
“It’s an interesting dynamic for this group of seniors because they only played together for a short time. We had guys take some time off, one player transferred here, and this was the only year with all four of them really together. For the time that they were here, they put in the work, and we appreciate all that they did to make this team successful,” Milford Head Coach Todd French said.
Milford started the game against Woodbridge with a fast-paced attack. Junior Lensky Legros pushed the ball forward, and the Bucs generated a shot on goal within the first minute of the game. Milford continued to attack, but they took until the 28th minute to put the ball in the back of the net. Senior Kyle Strassle lofted a ball into the box, and sophomore Lyod Coutilien outjumped the Blue Raiders defense to head the ball home. Milford scored again in stoppage time to take the 2-0 lead into the half.
The second half was actually a better showing for the Bucs, but they had multiple scoring chances snuffed out by the Woodbridge goalkeeper. Milford pressed right up to the final minute and was able to walk away with the 2-0 shutout.
“I wasn’t really happy with how we played in the first half. A shutout is what we expected coming into this game, and I am glad that we were able to send our seniors out with the win. The seniors know that the younger guys were playing for them, and from here it’s all about looking forward to our future,” French said.
Speaking of that future, senior Khiry Hovington expects big things from the Milford squad moving forward. “These young guys are only going to get better as they play together. They will have time to play together over the off-season, and they are going to be good for the next few years…especially next year,” Hovington said.
Milford’s four seniors who were recognized were Kyle Strassle, Ronalson Corvil, Khiry Hovington, and Daniel Sanchez-Escalante. Daniel is headed to join the Marines after his graduation, but is taking the time to enjoy his last year at Milford. Khiry plans on attending college for business management and hopes to be able to play soccer as well. Kyle, a standout golfer for Milford as well, plans on playing golf in college and is still narrowing down his options on where to attend. Lastly, Ronalson hopes to be a dentist one day. When asked what he would miss most about Milford Soccer, he said he would miss getting the chance to run like a cheetah.
Milford closes their season out on Monday, October 30 at Cape Henlopen. The game starts at 7 PM.
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