Milligan roughs  up Montreat, 7-0

By Allen LaMountain

   With senior striker Dalan Telles contributing a first-half hat trick, the Milligan Buffaloes won their second straight contest after a tough week on the road, beating the Montreat Cavaliers 7-0 at the Anglin Field soccer complex on Wednesday night.
   Milligan improved to 10-5 overall and now stand 5-2 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference, while Montreat's struggles continue, as they fell to 4-12 (2-5 AAC).
   "We have good guys on the flanks that get me the ball in great position to score," commented Telles. "When they set up the ball in the air, rather than on the ground, it makes it easier. Daniel got the ball over the defense and I received the ball in good shape to score."
   Sophomore striker Daniel Gacheru got the ball rolling for Milligan with a goal at the 35:15 mark of the first half, assisted by Alex Kimani.
   Greg Hochstetter set up Ryan Boggs for a goal at the 28:59 mark to give Milligan a 2-0 lead, and within the next six minutes Telles would take over and register his natural hat trick.
   Telles scored at the 22:20 mark, assisted by Gacheru, and again less than a minute later set up by Boggs. Telles got his final tally of this contest at the 16:27 mark on a penalty kick to give the Buffs a 5-0 advantage.
   "We didn't play well in the first half," said Montreat head coach David Ballenger. "We didn't play with heart or intensity in the first half, but Milligan really worked and limited our offensive chances. But I think we played much harder and with more intensity in the second half."
   Kimani scored at the 15:21 mark to send the Buffs into the intermission with a six goal lead.
   After the break Milligan substituted freely, and replaced senior goalkeeper Andy Stoots with sophomore Daniel Pavlin.
   "We got some excellent play from some of our freshmen," said Milligan head coach Marty Shirley. "Both Andy and Daniel got the shutout, and I thought we played well. There were a few times we were unbalanced, but our team speed was able to compensate and shut it down."
   Both teams stuck to a defensive tone in the second half, with very few shots on goal coming from either team, but in the last two and a half minutes, freshman Steven Townley got his first career goal at Milligan with a low blast that beat Cavalier keeper Brian Adams to his left.
   Fellow freshman Ryan Schweizer assisted on Townley's goal to make it a 7-0 contest.
   "It's great to get a good effort from our young guys," said Shirley. "We'll need their contributions to help us get to our goal in the tournament. Telles has been real hot in these conference matches, and I hope he keeps up the good work. He's having a great senior year. "