By TJ Millman
The Milford Field Hockey Team knew it wasn’t going to be easy on Senior Night, playing against a 10 win Sussex Tech team that had won 9 of their last 10 games, but the Lady Bucs put forth an effort worthy of sending their seniors off with pride.
“I thought that this was by far our best game of the season. The amount of teamwork, supportive defense, quick passing, and just overall intensity was really high. Unfortunately we didn’t get the ball in the net, but we had our opportunities. As a coaching staff, we are very, very proud of these girls. We would have loved a win, but these seniors can go out knowing that they left everything on the field,” Milford Head Coach Andrea McPike said.
The first half was back and forth with both teams trading scoring opportunities early. Both teams’ defensive lines held strong, cutting out passes left and right, and they went into halftime at a 0-0 draw. In the second half, Sussex Tech started to take control of the game and kept Milford locked in their own defensive zone. The Lady Bucs turned away shot after shot, but with 7 minutes left in the game the Lady Ravens managed to get a ball in front of the net that freshman Lilly Short was able to put in the back of the cage. Milford had one last shot on net, but Tech held on to finish the game with a 1-0 victory over the Bucs.
Even though a senior night victory was spoiled, McPike was proud of the way her senior class managed to grow this season.
“Their class started out a little bit bigger, but over the years it trimmed down to these 5 girls. They honestly didn’t have a lot of varsity experience because we have had such large senior classes over the last two seasons. They had to adapt to the speed of the game and the quick decision making in a hurry. These girls had played varsity in spurts, and are all good players, but this was really their first time being at the center of it all. By the end of the year, I’m so impressed by how much they grew. Each of these ladies stepped up at some point this year, either as a player or as a leader, and I really can’t say enough how proud they have made me,” McPike said.
The Lady Bucs have struggled more this season than in years past, but the future is bright with a slew of young players at the center of things moving forward. Sophomore goalie Bella Keesler-Evans had 23 saves, and Milford’s midfield is powered by the strong presence of sophomores Summer Davis and Samantha Jacona.
Milford finishes out their season this Tuesday, October 30. The game is away against a 3-11 Laurel team and is set to begin at 4:00 PM.
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