Lady Buffs blast Bryan Five Yr Arnardottir goals key 11-0 win
Sometimes, it is just best to return to the drawing board.
Such is the case for the Bryan College (4-6 overall), which saw Milligan College freshman Dagmar Yr Arnardottir, the Appalachian Athletic Conference player of the week for Sept. 28, score five first-half goals, propelling the Lady Buffs to an 11-0 manhandling of the Lady Lions in AAC play.
"I thought we played really well, this was the first game all year where we finished our chances," said Milligan College head coach Dave Dixon. "I challenged the girls to get a goal up in the first 15 minutes, and they had three tonight. We haven't been playing like that, so it was good to see that aggression out of the girls."
It only took two minutes and 52 seconds for the Lady Buffs to put the first of many tallies on the scoreboard, as senior Cora Deakins received a pass from Katie Lindemann before getting the ball past Lady Lions goal keeper Heather Couch.
Then it was time for the Arnardottir show. Driving downfield, making two Bryan defenders miss, Arnardottir's shot from 15 yards out found the back of the net to increase the lead to 2-0 with 38:45 left in the first half. Just over a minute later, at the 37:16 mark, Arnardottir again scored to increase the lead to 3-0.
As the offensive onslaught continued, Arnardottir completed the hat trick at the 33:04 mark to increase the Lady Buffs lead to 4-0.
Although Milligan was held scoreless for the next 14 minutes, it was not because the Bryan College defense was thwarting the offensive explosion. Arnardottir narrowly missed a goal wide at the 27-minute mark, before she kicked the ball over the net on a wide open goal at the 25-minute mark.
Two minutes later however, Arnardottir, from Reykjavik, Iceland, connected on a free kick from 35 yards out, which again found the net, to increase the Lady Buffs lead to 5-0 with 23:51 remaining in the half. Only fitting, Arnardottir closed out the first-half scoring, with an amazing header in the 31st minute, giving Milligan the 6-0 halftime lead.
"She has been playing really well for the last two weeks," Dixon said of his outstanding freshman, Arnardottir. "Tonight was the first time she did all her defending work, and gave a consistent work rate for the 45 minutes she was out there, and I'm more pleased about that than the goals."
The offensive attack continued in the second half; however the wealth was shared, as Arnardottir was given a breather by Dixon.
Freshman Elizabeth Rougeux scored two minutes into the second half, increasing the lead to 7-0. Katie Caughell of Clearwater, Fla., added the next goal five minutes later off of a corner kick, while Lindemann scored with 25:20 remaining in the contest.
Amber Carpenter connected with a header into the net with 10:08 remaining, then Kristin Zutt added the final goal with 44 seconds remaining in the game to give the Lady Buffs the 11-0 decision.
"I'm just overall pleased with how we played tonight, we were disciplined, and I hope it carries over to the next two conference games," said Dixon.
The Lady Buffs travel to Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon for an AAC matchup with the Lady Bulldogs. The match begins at 2:30 p.m.
"It's a really hard place to play, said Dixon. "They have a pretty tight field. They play well at home, and they are well-coached, really organized, and a tough team to beat. They play counter attacking soccer, they sit in and they knock it forward quickly."
Dixon added: "If we are disciplined and keep the ball, we should have a chance. It will be tough."
The next home contest is on Tuesday, Oct. 12, as Milligan plays host to Covenant (Ga.) College at 4 p.m. in AAC play.
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