Lady Buffs blank Geneva

By Rebecca Pierson
Asst. Sports Editor
rpierson@starhq.com

  The Milligan College Lady Buffs put another notch into the victory column yesterday afternoon at Anglin Field when they shut out the Geneva College Lady Golden Tornadoes, 5-0.
  This puts the Lady Buffs 2-3-1 overall while they maintain a 1-0-1 record in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Geneva, which is out of the American Mideast Conference, is now 1-4 overall.
  "We have been struggling with easy chances," Milligan head coach Dave Dixon said. "Finally we got into the box today and finished all of our easy chances. To win games we have to keep the ball, defend and make those easy chances, and we did all of those things well today. I was really pleased."
  The Lady Buffs dominated the match with plenty of shots and shots-on-goal and managed to maintain possession of the ball for most of the game, including a 10-minute run in the first half.
  In the 13th minute, Jackie Goncalves had a shot on goal from 15 yards off of an assist from Kristin Zutt but it hit the upper posts. Three minutes later, Kristin Zutt put the first goal in after Gonclaves sent a pass to Katie Caughell for the assist.
  Geneva had a opportunity in the first half when Jamie Howell sent a corner kick into the box but Jenna Zutt made an infield save for the deflection.
  Goncalves made a pass to Kristin Zutt in the 32nd minute around and Zutt made the goal from 30 yards out. She almost had a third two minutes later but Kristen Anderson made the deflection.
  "If it wasn't for good teamwork I couldn't have scored them," sophomore Kristen Zutt said about her two opening goals in the first half. "We had lots of good passes and that made it easy."
  Geneva's Lindsay Proctor and Kristen Anderson both took shots that were slightly off from the goal.
  The Lady Buffs went into the half with a two-point lead.
  Geneva's Amanda Weaver fouled Dagmar Yr Arnardottir in the box in the 20th minute in the second half to set up an easy point off a penalty kick for the 3-0 lead.
  Geneva's Mary Hjemvick took two shots around the 20-minute mark but one was saved and the other went outside the box.
  Cora Deakins saw another opening in the Golden Tornado's defense and made a pass to Arnardottir in the 26th minute for a 4-0 lead. A minute later, it was de ja vue and Deakins assisted Arnardottir for her third goal and took the team to a five-goal lead.
  Geneva's Addie Fiscus had an indirect kick at the 15-yard mark that rolled along the front of the goal but no one was there to take the assist. Anderson then received an indirect kick with a minute left in the game but it would bounce off the top of the goal.
  "We are progressing," Geneva Head coach Bryan Drotar said. "We are doing well but we are not there yet, obviously. We're not getting the goals yet but they will come soon. Teams like Milligan and Virginia Intermont are good for us to see at the start of the season. They give us some good competition."
  Dixon stated: "In the second half, we had a little bit of a let down in the middle of it when they got tired and when we got tired of trying to posses the ball. We kind of got casual in the back. We got to be sure that when we get tired we concentrate more, stay more focused, and we will be fine."
  The Lady Buffs will be playing Covenant, ranked 10th in the country, at home next Saturday. Tuesday they will be away at Brevard. Both are important conference matches.
  "These are two huge games," Dixon said. "One of our goals was to go undefeated in the conference so these are two big games. Only having two days of rest for Brevard after playing two tough games this week will be hard. But if we play well, like I fully expect us to do, then we should do really well in those games."
  Next Tuesday they will have another conference match when the go to Bristol to take on King College.
   "We will be ready for the conference matches once we get some rest and stuff," Kristen said. "We will work hard and take care of some injuries. Other than that, we should be fine. We play to work hard regardless of who we are playing. We just take it one game at a time."