Milford scored a first-half goal, and DMA scored a goal in the second half, but the soccer game end in a 1-1 draw Monday afternoon.

A defensive-minded girls’ soccer game between host Delaware Military Academy and Milford ended in a 1-1 draw Monday afternoon at the sun-drenched Kirkwood Soccer Club.

It was the type of game that both teams initially concentrated on keeping their opponents off the scoreboard more than trying to put the ball in the net.

The Lady Buccaneers scored early in the game, as junior Patty Delva scored in the eighth minute on an unassisted goal. The 1-0 lead held up through the half-time break.

In the first half, both teams had few scoring opportunities, with DMA taking three shots on goal, and Milford taking four shots.

Defense remained the order of the day in the second half. Play was fairly even at both ends, until senior Danielle Wiercyski scored in the 46th minute to knot the score at 1-1.

It appeared DMA might take the lead in the 65th minute when a Direct Kick hit the crossbar. Several minutes later, the Lady Bucs shot wide to the left on a Direct Kick of their own. The game then continued back and forth until the final whistle.

The team them played two ten-minute “golden goal” periods, but again the defenses prevailed, and neither team had many scoring chance.

So, after another twenty minutes of overtime, the game concluded a 1-1 draw.

Milford Coach Keith Short said, in retrospect, that perhaps his team concentrated too much on defense. “We did play defense very well today, despite missing a few players. We are a very young team without much experience, but we are getting better the more we practice and play games together,” he said.

Milford is now 1-4-1 on the season. After playing Dover on Tuesday, the team will host Delmar at 5:30 on Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Seahawks are now 6-2-1.They will play at Delmarva Christian on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.