Milford breezes by Hurricanes in Fort Ancient Valley Conference girls soccer contest

Milford continued its mastery over its Fort Ancient Valley Conference East (FAVC-E) Division competition in girls varsity soccer action.

Wilmington’s Orange and Black became the most recent FAVC-E conquest with a convincing 8-0 setback kicked in their direction at Milford High’s Charity Lucas Stadium.

The beginning of the game gave no indication of the final score as the Red and White played in a lackluster fashion, but their guests provided no real threats to them.

The E-Gals led 2-0 at halftime with their goals scored by freshman forward and midfielder Tara Claus on an assist from senior forward Kat Bare and forward senior Kelly Yee on an assist from junior forward Kristen Johnson.

A brisk conversation during the halftime break from Patrick Winkler, the Milford head coach, appeared to certainly charge his charges up.

The E-Gals proceeded to return to the field of combat and very quickly and fairly easily scored a total of three goals within the first 10 minutes of the second half of action.

Senior forward Morgan Wolcott scored the first of the trio of points taking full advantage of an assist from senior midfielder Caroline Brown, junior midfielder Carly Fallon netted the next point unassisted, and Brown recorded a goal of her own on an assist from sophomore forward and midfielder Bridget Rheude.

Meanwhile, the visiting Wilmington team never did pose a serious threat to their hosts and this quick scoring binge took what little drive there was out of the Orange and Black.

The final three goals netted by the Clermont countians came from Rheude with an assist from sophomore midfielder Kiley Buchanan, Bare, and Rheude who tallied on a Bare assist.

Winkler pointed out that his tenacious defense was spearheaded by the standout performances of the threesome junior central defender Meghan Canter, junior central defender Stephanie Price, and sophomore outside left fullback Nicki Smith.

There was not much of an answer from the Clinton countians throughout the contest to the Milford offensive barrage as Wilmington made just four shots at the goal all of which were successfully blocked by the E-Gals’ senior goalkeeper Maddy Bunnell.

“I was not pleased by the way we played the first half. We played uninspired,” said Winkler. “We come out at the beginning of our games with not a lot of energy and seem to always get off to a slow start. They seem to develop their passion and energy as the game goes along.

“This game against Wilmington we came out in the second half with a good start. They played the second half with a lot more energy.”

Milford’s varsity girls soccer team is now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Fort Ancient Valley East Division race.