Lady Buffs can't find net in loss to King

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

  BRISTOL -- The Milligan College Lady Buffaloes (3-4-1 overall, 2-1-1 conference) took their first conference loss Wednesday afternoon to their AAC rival, the King College Lady Tornado (2-3 overall, 1-1 conference), at Park Field in a 1-0 decision.
  "I am disappointed, but they deserved their goal that they got," Milligan head coach Dave Dixon said. "One little step up here and there and we would have won that game by three or four goals easy. But that is the way that soccer is sometimes.
  "That is the beauty of it -- the beauty and the misery of it," he said. "Give them credit though, they worked hard. They created that chance and you only get one chance. Sometimes in this game, that is all you need."
  Both teams played a hard-fought game, but King took advantage early with a goal only four minutes into the first half. The rest of the game was a straight defensive measure.
  King provided great pressure on the ball in the opening minutes, but Milligan would keep possession of the ball near their goal for most of the game.
  King had two shots on-goal in the first half and a corner kick at the 15-minute mark that they couldn't get a shot off of. The Lady Buffs had a corner kick at the 19th minute and Stephanie Junkin would have a shot on goal which was saved by King keeper, Amy Patterson. That was their only shot on goal in the first half.
  Another corner kick by Milligan couldn't reach the goal. They went into the half looking to come out and even up the score.
  The Lade Buffs took two shots in the first two minutes of the second half. Katie Lindemann took a shot on goal in the third minute, but it was saved.
  King only had the opportunity for three shots on goal in the second half, but they were all saved by keeper Morgan Hyatt.
  The Lady Tornado didn't even get near their goal until the 14th minute, but the Lady Buff defense kept them in check.
  Milligan kept attacking and took four more shots on goal. However, none of them could make it into the net.
  "We had a point to prove to ourselves," King's first-year head coach James Macklin said. "It is the same team as last year. It is a big game for us. With Milligan just being up the road, it is almost like a darby game. It was big because we haven't beat them in a while.
  "It was definitely something they wanted to do and they proved it at practice the past few weeks. We do have a weaker side than other teams in the conference but I think we have bigger heart and a bigger drive to win."
  King will now play another six AAC games in a row beginning with Bryan College at home on Saturday.
  "We had 23 chances but we just couldn't put one in the back," Dixon said. "It is just frustrating because we are better sides but that is the way it goes. I am proud of the way Kristin Zutt and Stephanie Junkin, the two center midfielders, played. They played outstanding. They couldn't do anything with them in the middle of the field.
  "We were a little battered and a little slow today," he said. "We couldn't connect that last little pass. Their goalkeeper made some good saves. She kept them in the game by making some nice saves. We just have to tighten up and we will be fine. Overall we are disappointed but we did see some good things."
  Milligan now has a three set of away games ahead of them. They will travel to Cumberland College on Friday and Lees-McRae next Wednesday. On Oct. 2, they will be at Mt. Vernon Nazarene in Ohio before taking on Brevard College at home on Oct. 6.
  "We have been working a lot in practice on bringing the ball in from the outside and having runs come in and finish it," Lindemann said. "Like today, we just couldn't get it in. We were just too far back and couldn't get up there in time. We didn't get enough people up in there. We couldn't finish on the ones where the goalkeeper dropped it. Things like that, we need to finish on. I think we could have won.
  "Playing King is always a huge rival," she said. "It is just a big deal. Their fans are just wild and hard core and we try and get pumped up enough. Obviously, you want to beat your rival so it is just big. Playing on their home field is tough, too."