By Kevin Eickman
Prior to the start of the season, Milford boys soccer coach Todd French, made it clear that the bar for this season was going to be set high. His feeling was that he had the talent and leadership to have a solid season and possibly make some noise in the State Tournament. So far his expectations have been met. Boasting an 8-0-1 record the Buccaneers have become more determined and gritty with each passing game.
“I am very proud of how well the team has come along, guys are playing their positions well and making smart decisions. That’s how you win soccer games.” Said French.
No game this season has meant more to this Milford program as this past Saturday’s trip down to Indian River. With Indian River coming into the game with a 6-0 record, the Buccaneers knew that they were going to be facing a tough opponent, a team that Milford had not defeated since 2006 “When you look at a team like Indian River, you see nothing but quality. They are well-disciplined and play great soccer, they always bring their best. To top it all off, they came into the game having given up just one goal all season, that’s quality.”
The game did not get off to quite the start the Buccaneers were hoping for, as just four minutes into the game IR sophomore Jordan Illan found the back of the net to take an early lead. It was the first time this season Milford found itself trailing in a game, how they responded could be an indication of just how determined this team could be “Nobody put their head down, they just dug down and went to work. They knew they could play with Indian River, they had the confidence they needed.” French stated.
The Buccaneers would waste little time responding as senior Shaun Chilton blasted the equalizer from 30 yards out just three minutes later. It was all the motivation Milford would need as they would control the run of play for the remainder of the first half “That was some shot by Chilton, it really got us fired up. He came up big in a big spot, just when we needed it.” Said French.
Milford would dominate play for the remainder of the first half, with senior Sammy Dominguez scoring in the 17th minute off a corner. With the 2-1 advantage, Milford continue to press and was rewarded with the game’s final goal as junior Alex Chilton would score the game’s final goal just before the half.