By TJ Millman
After starting out 0-2, the Milford Field Hockey team got their first win of the season this past week against Seaford. The Bucs won 10-0, with 4 different players scoring for them. Senior Jessie Donovan led the way with 4 goals, sophomore Summer Davis had 3, senior Vanasha Daniels had 2, and junior Hailey Sidibe scored one. It was Donovan’s first career hat trick (plus one extra), but she didn’t let the success get to her head.
“It feels good, but I really need to do it in a more intense game,” Donovan said.
Milford outshot the Blue Jays 27-0 and dominated the game from start to finish, but Milford Head Coach Andrea McPike still saw things that she wants her team to improve on.
“Honestly, I still think that we lacked intensity. Yeah, the score was 10-0, and Seaford only had 10 players, but we let that slow us down. At times we were walking back on defense, jogging to the ball, and right now we just can’t do that. We are working on creating our attacking mentality, and to do that we need to be going 100% at all times. We need to make it a habit, regardless of the score,” McPike said.
The Bucs also struggled with converting penalty corners. Milford had 18 corners but only managed to score 1 goal from the opportunities.
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“Corners are something that we have been working on a lot,” sophomore Summer Davis said. “We just need to get our shots off quickly, and then if you don’t have the shot, dodge and get the ball moving.”
Asked what she would like to see her team do better, Davis had a pretty simple answer. “We all just need to keep working on our fundamentals. Passing, scoring, communication…all of it. It’s still early in the year, so we need to keep trying to get better at the little things,” Davis said.
Milford is still a relatively young team as far as experience goes, but against Seaford the Bucs were clearly the more skilled opponent. Games like these may seem like an easy win, but McPike knows that these games are still important to the overall picture.
“It doesn’t matter how much you are up. 8-0, 9-0, you still need to be hustling. Most games that you play are not going to be that lopsided, and you need going full-force to the ball to be second nature in those close games,” McPike said.
Even though Milford played a majority of the game on the offensive end, junior defender Sara Wallace. Wallace cut out Seaford’s attempts at breaking out of the zone and has been really good at driving the ball forward for the Bucs this year.
Milford’s next game is this Tuesday, September 25 away at Smyrna. The game is set to begin at 4:00 PM. Thursday, September 27 Milford hosts rival Lake Forest at 4 PM at home.
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