By TJ Millman
Last year was a down year for Milford Bucs Soccer, and there is just no way around it. The team had talent, but injuries and a lack of offensive production left the Bucs with a 5-10 record, leaving them out of the tournament for the first time in 3 seasons. After graduating only 4 senior from last year’s team, Milford is healthy and ready to get back to their winning ways.
One of the lone bright spots from last year’s season, was now-senior goalkeeper Jaxson Turner. Turner threw his body in front of the ball all season, and was rewarded with the always coveted honor of All-State. Turner is not just a dominant goalie, but a leader on the field as well.
“Turner was third team all-state last year, and he’ll be a captain for us this year. He’s getting all kinds of college looks, and we need him to be the ultimate leader of this team. We could have a big season depending on how well he plays in the goal,” Milford Head Coach Todd French said.
Two of Milford’s other seniors who will play a large role are senior forwards Lensky Legros and Erens Mondelus. The pair of Legros and Mondelus will not only be responsible for putting the ball in the net, but also with mentoring three very talented sophomores. Sophomores Landan Hajek, Aaron Sollie, and Manny Carranza are all three young talents that the Bucs are excited to watch mature their games. French is expecting big things from Legros this year as well.
“Lensky should have most of our goals this season if he steps up his aggressiveness. He has all the talent that he needs, we just need him to be more aggressive pushing down the field,” French said.
The defense is led by senior Stone Davis, who stood out last season due to his ability to cut out opposing passes all game, and also features a talented sophomore in Luke Bogan. Bogan battled minor, nagging injuries last season, but when he can play is great at playing the ball forward.
The Bucs have been scrimmaging heavily since the preseason began, and the goals for French are the same as they are every year.
“Our first goal is to win every game in the Henlopen South. Indian River will be our biggest competition, and then probably Sussex Academy and Laurel. We want to sweep the south, have a good record against all the Division II teams that we play, and then get a win in the tournament. That would be huge for us,” French said.
Milford’s first game is away on Tuesday, September 11, against a Caesar Rodney team that made it to the DIAA Semi-Finals after going 13-2 just a year ago. The Bucs first home game isn’t until the following week on Thursday, September 20. The game is against Seaford High School and is at 6:30 PM.
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