Indian River’s four goals in the first eight minutes of play against the Milford Buccaneers on Sept. 19 proved to be a nice start to a soccer game. Indian River scored their first two goals in a little over two minutes (37:47) and the next two within one minute of each other (33:01 and 32:23). At that rate, the Indians would have been on pace to score an unbelievable 40 goals for the game.
As exhilarating as that story would’ve been, Indian River couldn’t achieve the feat or, more accurately, Milford wouldn’t allow it. So the 3-0 Indians settled for a 4-1 victory.
Sophomore Peter Mais started the offensive flurry and scored the first goal off a corner kick from point-blank range and senior captain Pierson Roenke followed that up with an unassisted goal.
Senior Dan Kleinstuber then top-shelved Indian River’s third goal into the far left portion of Milford’s net, on an assist from senior Richard Webster. Senior Morgan Hunt capped Indian River’s offensive explosion by blasting a low, rolling shot into the left corner of Milford’s goal on a penalty kick.
Roenke possessed the ball near Milford’s goalie box but a Milford defender came out quite aggressively and took him out, leading to Hunt’s charity goal.
“We were definitely fortunate to get those goals early,” Roenke said. “It’s nice to know that you can get goals in the first [half], and you always expect to score more.
“Right now we need to be more consistent as strikers,” he continued. “We forced the ball more up field when we should’ve worked the ball around the field.
“We definitely need to clean up our effort,” Roenke concluded.
Already in the young season, Indian River has shown that they have the ability and the scorers necessary to score goals. They scored high in an 8-5 win over Woodbridge — but when a team sinks its defense back, goals become tougher to come by.
“They just sat in,” remarked Indian River head coach Steve Kilby. “They put all their numbers behind the ball.”
“They didn’t let four or five goals finish them,” he continued.
Milford’s lone “fortunate” goal, according to Kilby came off the top crossbar, ricocheted off an Indian River player and was pounded in from about 17 yards out, midway through the second half. But they would get no closer to ousting the defending Henlopen Champions for the win.
Thus far, Indian River has played and won three games over nine playable days. Their schedule was set to shoulder more burden — four games over nine days — starting with a Sept. 21 match against Sussex Tech. Indian River will then travel to Sussex Central on Sept. 26 and host Delmar on Sept. 28, before heading up to Dover for a Sept. 30 game.