Milford overcomes injuries during solid soccer season

DOVER – It didn’t end the way he had hoped.

But all things considered, Milford High boys’ soccer head coach Todd French will take the effort his Buccaneers put into the 2015 season.

Overcoming injuries to a pair of potential all-state players, Milford battled its way back into the postseason for the first time since 2012. The Bucs, however, saw their season conclude with a 3-0 Division II state tournament loss to Archmere.

Senior Derrick Bogan and his classmates laid the foundation for the future of Milford soccer. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Senior Derrick Bogan and his classmates laid the foundation for the future of Milford soccer. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

“This season was kind of funny,” French said. “Most would agree that our team last season was much better and we didn’t make it (into the playoffs). This year we had a decent season. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t terrible. We lost two of our best players, but that’s the way the game goes. We were excited we were here.”

Against the eighth-seeded Auks, who went onto defeat tournament top-seed St. Andrew’s and will play Indian River in Wednesday’s semifinals, the No. 9 Buccaneers couldn’t seem to get their offense rolling on the rain-soaked Dover High turf.

Archmere outshot Milford 10-4, scored all three of its goals between the 32nd and 44th minutes and controlled possession for the majority of the match.

“We played a better first 10 to 15 minutes, they made a couple changes and disrupted us and then kind of took over possession,” French said. “Two of their goals were off some bad attempts to clear the ball from us. I can’t be too upset at how my players played today, just a couple bad bounces didn’t go our way.”

Although the season just recently reached its conclusion, French said that he is excited about the future of Milford soccer.

“We’ll get right back after it,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys coming back, three freshmen played today (versus Archmere). That’s good for us.

“We gather kids at the beginning of the year and take all season to develop them,” he continued. “These other schools have clubs all around them. If we had that opportunity, I think we would be right up there with the Indian Rivers. It’s going to come. Our program is hopefully taking a turn right now and our middle school team just went undefeated.”

As for the graduating seniors, they will be missed.

“Derrick Bogan was the leader of our team all year,” French said. Evenson (Dieudonne) tore his ACL with only five games under his belt, and no team could survive that big of a loss. My other guys, Tyler Millman, keeper never played before, (assistant coach) Ed Evans developed him, did a great job. Johnathan Martinez stuck it out and Josh Layton was four-year player for us through the junior varsity program… put everything in all the time. We’re going to miss those guys, but they laid the foundation for the younger guys to see what it takes.”

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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