By Kevin Eickman
While not a spectacular week for Milford field hockey, the Buccaneers still maintain a winning record at 3-2. During a tough 5-1 loss at Dover on Tuesday, Milford had few answers for a swarming Senator’s attack.
“We were really outplayed in that game. We couldn’t get into sync and just never had any type of flow,” Coach Andrea McPike said. “It was probably our worst outing of the season, the kind of game you try and learn from and move on.”
The task was no easier on Thursday evening as Milford faced off against a senior laden Lake Forest squad on the road. With an early goal from Lake, Milford was forced into chase mode early. While the defense held up nicely, the Bucs squandered a pair of scoring opportunities in the first half.
“We have had some problems finishing and it hurt us tonight. This was a game we were in, we came really close so many times this could have been a much closer game,” said McPike.
The dagger in the heart came at the very end of the first half as Milford gave up a corner with no time left on the clock. The Spartans were able to convert and take a 2-0 lead into halftime. “It was tough to give up that goal late in the half but it happened,” McPike stated. “We are a young team and this is all part of the learning process.”
Lake added a final goal late in the second half to earn a 3-0 victory. While the score may appear disheartening, the effort on the field for Milford was anything but. “Our girls played really well tonight. We passed the ball well, we were able to move the ball through mid-field at times but just couldn’t find the net,” McPike commented. “I was very proud of our effort tonight and I know if we keep playing as a team the results will come.”
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