Bucs struggle with Lake offense in soccer loss

MILFORD – It wasn’t a perfectly played game for the Lake Forest girls’ soccer team.

Then again, when you have an offensive output like the one the Spartans got from junior Hannah Fox last week against rival Milford, perfection isn’t needed.

Paced by Fox’s four goals, Lake Forest defeated the Buccaneers 7-2 last Thursday afternoon and moved to 5-0 on the season. The Spartans improved to 3-0 in Henlopen South play.

“We had to play hard and pressure them, and I feel like we did better than we did against Dover by far,” said Fox, referring to Lake’s 7-6 win over the Senators. In that game, Dover scored a pair of late goals to make the Spartans sweat out a victory.

Milford will look to get back to .500 Tuesday against Cape. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Milford will look to get back to .500 Tuesday against Cape. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Learning from the match against Dover, said junior Lauren Sharp, helped Lake Forest in its win over Milford. Versus the Buccaneers, Sharp scored a pair of goals and added two assists.

“How to make smoother passes, we worked on our formation and positioning a little bit,” she said of what the team worked on at practice following the April 5 game against the Senators. “We just know how to play better as a team now.”

Less than three minutes into the match, freshman Julianna Tyndall put Lake Forest on the board with a goal off an assist from classmate Bailey Dean.

From there, the Spartans pushed their advantage to 4-0 before Milford got a goal off the foot of junior Rachel Esposito in the 36th minute.

Fox’s first goal came in the 15th minute off a Sharp assist and the latter made it 3-0, Lake, four minutes later when she found the net with some help from junior teammate Brooke Tucker. With an assist from senior Joy Springer, Fox scored the Spartans’ final goal of the first half near the halftime break.

Sharp’s second goal came in the 46th minute with an assist from Fox and made the score 5-1.

Milford got back to within three of the Spartans’ advantage in the 56th minute with a goal from junior Margaret Sollie, but Lake answered 30 seconds later when Fox netted her hat-trick score. Fox then put the game out of reach in the 67th minute with her final goal.

“I’m very grateful and honored to be able to coach girls like that,” Spartans head coach Pete Randazzo said of Fox. “They have a big heart and don’t surrender. Spartans pride, you know?”

Thursday, 4 p.m., the Spartans welcome perennial Henlopen South champion Indian River to Felton. Last season Lake lost to IR 6-1 during the regular season but was without some key players. The teams rematched in the Division II state tournament quarterfinals with the Indians winning just 2-1.

Milford (2-3, 1-2) is at Cape Henlopen Tuesday for a match. The Buccaneers host South newcomer Sussex Academy Thursday at 4 p.m. A day later, Milford is at nonconference Delmarva Christian.

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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