The Milford High School boys’ soccer team is looking to improve on last year’s 7-8-1 record with a team that’s become dramatically younger since 2008, but also is developing a more solid core of players.


The Milford High School boys’ soccer team is looking to improve on last year’s 7-8-1 record with a team that’s become dramatically younger since 2008, but also is developing a more solid core of players.

“We had a ton of talent last year but we never really gelled,” Head Coach Ken Outten said. “That limited our potential — this year should be a lot better; some of those guys are still around, and we’ve had a year to play together.”

Last year’s team had 11 graduating seniors, enough to completely fill a starting squad. To make up for that loss, Outten said, he’s looking for the players who were underclassmen in 2008 to step up their play.

He has high expectations for midfielders Junior Amisal and Wildes Alexander. Both made solid contributions on last year’s squad, and Outten said they will be crucial to the offense this season.

“Any offense we’ll get going will run through those two,” he said.

In the backfield, the coach is expecting big things from Michael Pyne, a dedicated defender who plans to play NCAA soccer in college.

“He’s a very committed young man — he’s looking to step up and take a leadership role this year,” he said. “That would really solidify the backfield for us.”

Other veterans to look for include halfback Gary Wolfe and fullback Antonio Carranza, both seniors.

“Both of those seniors will have a big role in our starting 11,” Outten said.

Like every other MHS sport, the soccer team will move up from the Henlopen South and Division II to the North and Division I, but Outten said he’s not worried about moving to the state’s higher division. Since every team in Henlopen Conference soccer plays every other team once, no matter which conference they’re in, the Bucs’ opponents remain the same from last year. The only difference is that this year they’ll play teams from the South before taking on the North, instead of the other way around.

“In the end, I think it benefits us,” he said. “We play all the smaller schools first, which helps us get some more training in before we get to the larger schools in the North.”

The soccer season starts Tuesday, Sept. 15, with a game at Lake Forest. The Bucs’ first home game is Sept. 17, against Indian River.