By Kevin Eickman
It was a busy week for the Milford field hockey team. With three games on the slate including a Sunday tilt against Woodbridge at the University of Delaware, the Buccaneers tried to find a path to get back to their winning ways.
On Tuesday, Milford traveled to Georgetown to face off against Sussex Academy. On paper it looked as if Milford might have an easy go of it as the hosting Seahawks came into the contest with just a 2-6 record. Sussex Academy came ready to play however and quickly put the Bucs on notice that this was not going to be a walkover. By the time the dust had settled on the first half, Milford found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 score.
The second half however was a different story as a motivated Buccaneers squad came out on the attack. They got their first goal at the 19:56 mark as Davis found the back of the net and cut the deficit to 3-1. Milford attacked as junior Samantha Jacona scored twice to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, senior Hailey Sidbe scored the game winner as Milford escaped with a 4-3 victory.
Overtime was the story of Thursday’s game as well as Milford traveled to Camden to battle Caesar Rodney. The game was scoreless in regulation. While Milford enjoyed possession and shots and corners they were unable to find an answer for Rider’s senior keeper Maya Gray, who recorded nine saves in the contest. Caesar Rodney scored the game winner ten minutes into overtime as the Bucs found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 score.
On Sunday, the Buccaneers once again found themselves behind early as Woodbridge found the first goal of the game, less than five minutes into the contest. It was all Buccaneers from that point on however, as Milford controlled the game with an attacking style which saw them outshoot the Blue Raiders 8-3.
Milford senior Olivia Cromer squared the match with the first of her two goals less than five minutes later. With just under a minute remaining in the first half the Bucs went ahead for good as freshman Erin Dunlap made the score 2-1. The only thing left was Cromer’s second score to ice the game with 14 minutes remaining in the second half to secure the Bucs 3-1 victory.
The win improved Milford’s record to 4-6 on the season. The Bucs have two games at home this week as they host Laurel on Tuesday and Sussex Central on Thursday. Both games are set to start a 4:00 pm, with Thursday scheduled as senior day.
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