On paper, the upcoming field hockey game featuring Cape Henlopen hosting Milford, looks like a possible mismatch for the Lady Vikings, but any outcome is possible when a team such as the Lady Buccaneers is fighting for a possible State Tournament berth and a successful season.
Currently, Cape Henlopen is 13-1, which is a great season by any standards, however what is more amazing is the Vikings defense, which is the proud owner of 10 shutouts. In fact, the team has only allowed 4 goals this entire season. Junior goalkeeper Katie Kolobielski has been tremendous this season, and ranks as one of the best in the state. Opponents have walked away from the field after a game expressing praise for the young and talented athlete.
Milford, which has a very fine 9-4 record, has a good blend of offense and defense, with four shutouts of their own. The offense has a knack for scoring goals in key situations and the defense seems to come up with big saves at the right time to preserve a lead or keep the team in the game. The Buccaneers have won three straight, and in their last contest, Milford defeated Seaford 5-0.
Milford coach Amanda Fleming said the team has been working really hard over the past few weeks. "We haven't had any letdowns lately, and this is a pretty resilient group. The girls have been working hard on their skills and fitness," she said.
Fleming said her goalkeeper, Bekah Yanacek is also one of the best defenders in the state. "She is amazing, she's the glue to our defense and often intimidates other teams. She comes out to stop breakaways, and has the speed and ability to take players out with slide tackles."
Offensively. Milford is led by senior Destiny Sivels, who has ten goals this season and sophomore Haylee Scruggs, who has nine goals. "Both of these players are strong finishers and very good playmakers, and in addition, senior Peyton Schockley has been strong controlling play in the midfield," said Fleming.
While Milford plays good two-way field hockey, the same can be said for the Vikings. In addition to their prowess on defense, the offense has also dominated a number of games. The squad opened the season in September with a 7-0 victory over Seaford, and has not looked back, scoring five or more goals in six of their games. The Vikings scored a season high ten goals against Sussex Central and eight goals against Indian River just a few days apart in early October.
The Vikings have multiple weapons on offense, with scorers such as Allie Yeager, Katherine Judge, Anna Frederick and Emily Baptiste to name a few. If a defense can shut down one player, one or two other teammates step up to help the team succeed.
Page 2 of 2 - Look for a very low scoring contest, and expect the team with the fewest mistakes and the ability to control midfield to come out the victor.
The DIAA field hockey state tournament field is schedule to be announced this weekend. Weather permitting, the first round of the tournament should begin on Wednesday, November 11.