Boys Soccer Recap
State Soccer Tournament
Milford 3, Caesar Rodney 2
The 14th-seeded Bucs avenged a heart-breaking loss to No. 3 Caesar Rodney during the regular season with the first round state tournament upset at Polytech.
The Bucs, now 12-4-1, advance to a quarterfinal match on Saturday, Nov. 9, against Delmar, which beat Indian River 3-2 in overtime in its first round contest. The match will be played at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School.
The Bucs shocked CR when they broke open a 1-1 second half tie on a goal by Keith Brown with 18:20 left and another score by Bryce Plummer with 5:24 remaining. CR scored in the final minute to account for the final score.
In the first half, the Bucs got on the board on another goal by Brown at the 8:00 mark.
Milford goalkeeper Ryan Sutcliffe played a major role in the victory.
The Bucs lost to CR, 2-1, back on Oct. 15.
Milford 2, Seaford 1
The Bucs dominated the Henlopen Conference Northern Division match despite the close score. Using goals by Bryce Plummer and Keith Brown, Milford made its 20-10 advantage in shots pay off. Seaford didn't score until late in the second half. Goalkeeper Ryan Sutcliffe recorded 12 saves for the Bucs. Milford rose to 8-3-1 overall with the victory.
Caesar Rodney 2, Milford 1
The Bucs fell four minutes into overtime when CR scored at the 4:13 mark of the overtime period. Milford tied the Henlopen Conference match 1-1 in the second half when Jesse Orta scored at the 73:03 mark. The Bucs were outshot 31-20 and trailed 7-5 in corner kicks, but goalkeeper Ryan Sutcliffe kept them close with 21 saves. The Bucs actually dominated the first half, though, with an 18-5 advantage in shots. Milford slipped to 7-3-1 with the loss and out of a tie for first place with Indian River and Delmar in the Henlopen South.
Milford 9, Lake Forest 0
The Bucs exploded for an easy Henlopen Conference victory over their rivals. Keith Brown led the way with three goals and Guillermo Basurto contributed two more as Milford rose to 7-2-1. Also scoring goals for the Bucs were Jose Nunez, John Beaucejour and Bryce Plummer. Beaucejour and Plummer had two assists apiece. Goalkeeper Ryan Sutcliffe registered 12 saves. Milford dominated the match with a 33-17 advantage in shots and an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. The Bucs led 4-0 at halftime.
Milford 1, Indian River 0
The Bucs tightened up the Henlopen Conference Southern Division race with a victory that raised them to 4-2-1 overall, just behind Indian River and Delmar, both of whom are now 6-2 in the division. Keith Brown scored the only goal of the match at the 62:07 mark while goalkeeper Ryan Sutcliffe recorded 12 saves to keep the Indians out of the net. The teams tied 1-1 in corner kicks, while IR led 15-11 in shots.
Milford 3, Smyrna 1
The Bucs got a pair of goal from Jose Nunez in a Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory. Now 4-2-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the conference, Milford also got a goal from Keith Brown. The Bucs outshot Smyrna 22-10.
Milford 7, Polytech 0
The Bucs had no trouble in the Henlopen Conference match as they took a 5-0 lead at intermission. Jose Nunez scored three goals and Tyler Whalen added two more as the Bucs recorded their season-high goal total. Bryce Plummer and Ryan Smith scored the other goals for Milford, which rose to 2-2-1 in the conference and 3-2-1 overall. John Beaujevour had an assist. Ryan Sutcliffe needed to make only one save for the shutout as the Bucs outshot Polytech 33-2. Milford led 2-0 in corner kicks.
Dover 3, Milford 0
The Bucs had their two-match win streak snapped by the unbeaten Henlopen Conference powers. The teams actually tied 12-12 in shots, but Dover scored three goals in the first half to put the outcome out of reach by halftime. Milford trailed 4-2 in corner kicks. Ryan Sutcliffe recorded 9 saves in goal for the Bucs, who fell to 1-2-1 in the conference and 2-2-1 overall.
Milford 3, Cape Henlopen 0
The Bucs won their second straight match with the Henlopen Conference Northern Division shutout. Now 1-1-1 in the conference and 2-1-1 overall, Milford rode the two goals of Bryce Plummer and 10 saves of goalkeeper Ryan Sutcliffe past Cape Henlopen. Plummer has now scored four goals this season. Ryan Smith scored the Bucs' other goal, while Jose Nunez and Keith Brown contributed assists. The Bucs dominated the game with a 23-8 advantage in shots.
Milford 6, St. Thomas More 1
The Bucs got their first win of the season in a nonconference victory sparked by Ryan Smith and Tyler Whalen. Smith and Whalen scored two goals apiece for a Milford squad that managed only one goal each in its first two games. Bryce Plummer and Jose Nunez added the Bucs' other goals. Milford led 2-0 at halftime on goals by Smith and Plummer on assists by Whalen and Brown. Milford started pulling away in the second half, as Whalen scored on assists by John Beaujevour and Nunez .
Delmar 5, Milford 1
The Bucs fell behind in the first half and never recovered in the Henlopen Conference loss. Delmar scored two goals in the first half to break up a 1-1 tie after Milford's John Beaujevour had tied the match at the 17:12 mark. Ryan Sutcliffe had a busy night in goal with 17 saves as Delmar outshot the Bucs 20-7.
Milford 1, Sussex Central 1 (OT)
The Bucs opened their Henlopen Conference campaign with a tie on a penalty kick by Bryce Plummer at the 13:39 mark of the second half. Milford controlled play for much of the contest as it outshot Sussex Central 24-18 and led in corner kicks, 7-4. Milford goalkeeper Ryan Sutcliffe had 14 saves.
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