Milligan started its home schedule with a flourish Wednesday night, picking up a 3-0 victory over the University of the Cumberlands at Anglin Field.
Sandre Wilson opened the scoring when he found the net in the 18th minute. That would be the lone score until the 82nd minute, when Paidiwa Mushayamunda scored with the help of Chris Ochieng and Colby Robbins to make it a 2-0 match.
The Buffaloes added the final goal of the night in the game’s 85th minute when Ochieng found the net off the assist of Nahom Tekle.
Defensively, freshman Dan Ball recorded five saves in the shutout.
“It was a great result against a good team,” Milligan coach Adam Laney said. “Cumberlands is traditionally very strong, and I have a lot of respect for them. I am very proud of finally getting the shutout against a good team. It was a very exciting night and exciting fans. It was a great atmosphere all around.”
Now 3-2 on the season, the Buffs open Appalachian Athletic Conference action on Saturday when they visit Bluefield (Va.) College. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — The Lady Buffs refused to go down easy, but came up short on Wednesday afternoon — losing a 1-0 double-overtime decision to the University of the Cumberlands.
After a scoreless regulation and first overtime for both squads, the Lady Patriots prevailed when Toni Dempsey found the net in the 109th minute.
The Buffs recorded 21 shots and held an 11-8 shots on goal advantage.
Kelsey Jones had three shots on goal for Milligan, while Rachel Martin and Gretchen Allie recorded two shots on goal apiece.
Defensively, AAC defensive player of the week Lauren McInturff recorded seven saves.
“We didn’t play our best soccer today in a game that I felt we should have won,” Lady Buffs coach Lisa Buckley said. “A bad call from an official hurt us, but we should not have been in that position.”
The Lady Buffs (2-2-1) open AAC action Saturday when they travel to Bluefield College. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.
Milligan’s women were hoping to win an important ACC volleyball match on Tuesday night, but fell to Union College 3-1 inside of Steve Lacey Fieldhouse.
The Lady Buffs pulled out to a good lead in the first set, but were unable to hold off the Lady Bulldogs. Union slipped by 28-26.
After Milligan (1-1, 2-9) battled back to take the second set 25-18, the final two sets saw Union prevail 25-15 and 25-19.
Morgan Rutledge recorded 20 digs and six kills with two solo blocks for the Lady Buffs. Chelsea Spivey had 32 assists, 12 digs and seven kills, while freshman Rachel Renville recorded a team-high 11 kills.
Kylie Whaley and Kendra Fiddler recorded 10 and seven kills, respectively. Katelin Henson ended the game with 20 digs.
“We came out with great intensity and fire that got us out to an early lead, but we just didn’t finish,” said Lady Buffs coach Doneva Bays. “We had moments where we played really well, but when you play good teams, you cannot have so many unforced errors.”
The Lady Buffs visit Tennessee Wesleyan tonight. Action begins at 6:30.
Milligan saw both squads earn votes in the first NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll, which was released by the NAIA on Wednesday afternoon.
“The quality and depth of the NAIA gets better every year so we’re just pleased to be in the mix,” Milligan coach Chris Layne said. “Hopefully, we can build on this as the season progresses.”
The Lady Buffs received 66 points, while the Buffs earned 20 points as both teams were coming off an impressive showing in their season opener. The women’s team captured the team title and the men finished second in the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational.
For their efforts in the event, Gillian Giffen and Austin Ellis were named AAC runners of the week.
Milligan returns to action at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, Oct. 1. The event, which is in its ninth year, is hosted by the NCAA D-I and Big East powerhouse Louisville, and will feature over 100 of the nation’s top teams.