Milford field hockey stays undefeated behind Bowe’s three goals

MILFORD – Milford High School’s undefeated varsity field hockey squad has allowed just four goals this season. Which also just so happens to be the same number of goals the team scored in its most recent victory––a 4-0 win over Caesar Rodney on Thursday.

The 4-0 win marks the fifth shutout from Buccaneers’ junior goalkeeper Leah Barnett this season, while she added another four saves to her season tally.

While the final score and the shot total of 18-4 may indicate that the Buccaneers didn’t have any trouble putting the C.R. Riders away, the first half of the game would tell you otherwise.

Senior Megan Fry put the Bucs on the board early in the game with a goal, but it was the only goal scored in the first half. While there were plenty of shots and opportunities on offense in the opening half, head coach Andrea Fleming’s squad grew frustrated and didn’t feel they were getting some of the calls they should be getting.

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Senior midfielder Hayden Shockley sprints down the field in Thursday’s 4-0 victory over Caesar Rodney (Ben Heck/Milford Chronicle).

“We weren’t scoring like we should have been,” Coach Fleming said. “So whenever we don’t score like we should then we have lots of shots and corners. And when we can’t get the ball in we tend to get frustrated, and lose our leadership and our communication.”

But at the half, Coach Fleming talked to her team and allowed them to regroup.

Just six minutes into the second half, senior Rajene Bowe extended the lead to 2-0. It didn’t take long for the offense, which has put up 42 goals in nine games this season, to wake up and continue doing what they’ve done all season.

Bowe scored three second half goals for Milford, with the last coming with seven minutes and 26 seconds to play in the game. Bowe’s hat trick (three goals scored in the same game) gives her 14 goals, and it is her third hat trick of the season.

Following the victory, Milford sits at 9-0 and is sitting right behind a 10-0 Delmar squad in the Henlopen South. It just so happens that Milford’s next test will be a home match-up with those same Delmar Wildcats on Tuesday.

While Tuesday’s game is the Buccaneers’ senior night, the team is likely to be much more focused on the game and beating the Wildcats.

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Junior Darby Brennan (9) and senior Daphne Leighty (26) prepare to play defense in Thursday’s 4-0 victory over Caesar Rodney (Ben Heck/Milford Chronicle).

“We take it game by game. So now our focus is on Delmar,” Coach Fleming said. “But obviously it’s always in the back of our head, when you’re going into a head-to-head match-up and both teams are undefeated and have a very high skill level.”

While Milford has allowed just four goals on defense this year, Delmar possesses a high-powered offense. The Wildcats have out-scored its own opponents 69-3 in 10 games this season, making this Coach Fleming’s toughest match-up of the season.

“This season would not be as successful as it has been without my coaching staff,” Coach Fleming said of her assistant coaches Dawn Robinson and Brittany Blacksten. “They are the most committed, supportive, dedicated coaches that I’ve ever had. And without them the success would not be what it is.”

Milford’s Oct. 18 match-up with Delmar will begin at 4 p.m.

Sports editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com

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