It has been a difficult season for the Milford Field Hockey team. With just two games remaining in the season, the Bucs hosted A.I DuPont this past Thursday. The game turned into a celebration as Milford ended up on the right end of a 12-0 score. The goals came fast and furious for Milford as they jumped out to an 8-0 advantage in the first half.
“It was really good to have a game like this, it’s been a tough couple of games these last few weeks. Going up against tough teams and losing in overtime when we had chances to win, it can become frustrating,” Coach Andrea McPike stated.
Perhaps the most fun for Milford came when senior Hailey Sidibe who normally plays her trade at the defensive end, anchored a solid back line for the Buccaneers. Midway through the second half she moved up forward as the Bucs made a concerted effort to feed Sidibe. “We really wanted to try and get our seniors goals today. We didn’t get goals for everyone, but we came close,” said McPike.
Sidibe found goal with just over eight minutes remaining, then added a second goal a short time later as she let a rocket go from the right side, with the sound of the ball hitting the wood heard throughout the stadium. “It was really a lot of fun to play up front. It was great to get a pair of goals, but getting the win is really important for us today,” Sidibe stated. “It has been so wonderful playing on this team and I am going to really miss them. They are all sisters to me.”
The only sound louder than Sidibe’s goal hitting the back of the net was the cheer that came from the Milford sideline. On each of her goals her teammates went wild in celebration, celebration of the ultimate teammate. “She works so hard on defense, she does all the dirty work and leads by example. She is the type of player any coach would love to have. A team first player who gives you everything she’s got. It was great to see her up front having some fun today,” said McPike.
With only one game remaining at Sussex Tech this Tuesday, it is clear that Milford Captains seniors Sara Wallace and Olivia Cromer enjoyed the game as well as their time on the Milford squad. “It was a really great to get a win our last time at home. It was a lot of fun today and I’m just thrilled to end on a high note,” Wallace said. “This team worked so hard this year. We may not have gotten the record we wanted but we battled hard every game.”
Speaking with Cromer, she believes big things are on the horizon for the Milford underclassmen. “We have grown so much as a team this year and it showed in how hard we played. I think the thing that I am going to miss the most is the team bonding. We did so many things together and had so many good times, this just wasn’t about hockey. It was about being a family, a family we will always be a part of.”
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