FELTON – There’s no better way to snap a three-game losing streak than by shutting out your biggest rival in front of the home crowd.
Thursday, April 13, Lake Forest girls’ soccer picked up its fourth win of the season with a 6-0 victory over Milford.
Led by seniors Hannah Fox (two goals) and Lauren Sharp (two goals), Lake’s offense didn’t waste any time putting the ball in the net against a short-handed Buccaneers squad.
Fox struck first with a goal in the 10th minute. Sharp assisted on the goal, and then proceeded to net her first goal four minutes later. In the 20th minute, senior midfielder Rachel Harrell extended the first half lead to three goals.
Just seventeen seconds into the second half, Sharp scored her second goal of the game to put the Buccaneers into a deeper hole.
By game’s end, Fox and Sharp had two goals each while Harrell and freshman Alexa McCracken each netted one goal.
“They were definitely the better team today, they won the midfield with the movement in there and they created the better opportunities,” Milford head coach Donovan Howard said. “We tip our hat to them, they deserved to win the game for sure.”
Without Anna Sollie and Margaret Sollie on the field for the Bucs, Milford had a difficult time creating offensive opportunities in front of the net.
In total, Lake out-performed Milford in shots on goal (18-1) and had six corner kicks to Milford’s zero.
“I don’t know what it is,” coach Howard said. “It’s my second year against Lake and everything they shoot just seems to go in. It’s a little bit frustrating.”
Head coach Pietro Randazzo was happy with his team’s performance, but made sure to let the girls know after the game they still have a long way to go if they’d like to compete with fellow Henlopen teams such as Indian River (6-1) and Caesar Rodney (6-2).
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak. Over the three-game span, Lake’s offense generated just one goal. Fox scored a goal in Lake’s 2-1 overtime loss against Sussex Tech, but the Lady Spartans were shut out by Ursuline (1-0) and Polytech (2-0).
The six goals, in addition to pushing the Spartans over .500 at 4-3 (2-0 in the south), also marks the highest total in any game this season. Coach Randazzo hopes this is just the start to a strong offensive run as they head into a tough four-game stretch in the team’s schedule:
Thursday, April 20: at Laurel (3-2)
Tuesday, April 25: vs. Newark Charter School (7-0)
Thursday, April 27: at Indian River (6-1)
Tuesday, May 2: vs. Caesar Rodney (6-2)
With the holiday weekend coming up, the team will take a few days off before getting back to work in preparation for next week’s Laurel game.
“We need to improve on our touches, improve on finishing,” coach Randazzo said. “Those are some of the things that sometimes we tend to not do well with and we need to work on it. In practice next week we’re definitely going to keep working on what we’ve been doing, and engaging more in our play-making abilities.
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