Lindemann, Lady Buffs derail King in tourney
BRISTOL -- The King College Lady Tornado may have had their way with Milligan College a month ago, but junior Katie Lindemann and company successfully gained revenge on Tuesday afternoon.
In the first round of the AAC women's soccer tournament, the Lady Buffaloes exploded early with two goals from Lindemann before a 3-0 shutout victory on the road.
The Lady Buffs now advance to the conference final four at Lookout Mountain, Ga., this weekend.
"Anytime you lose to a team in the regular season, you've got a little bit of an edge in my opinion," said coach Dave Dixon, whose Milligan squad fell 1-0 to the Lady Tornado their previous meeting, in Bristol.
"We were the underdog coming in, and the last time we played them, they outworked us and outplayed us," he said. "I told our girls to work hard and give ourselves a chance at the win. Both teams battled really hard. We just got the best chances and put them away."
Lindemann scored her first goal off an assist from Cora Deakins at the seven-minute mark.
Five minutes later, senior Jackie Goncalves set up Lindemann's second goal to give the Lady 'Buffs a quick edge.
"Both of her runs were great, and her finishes were composed," Dixon said of Lindemann. "That's what it takes to win in the playoffs."
"It was a very big first half," said Hampden, Maine's Lindemann. "We came out ready to play today and everyone was working really, really hard all over the field. Our loss here motivated us, and it's really nice to win."
Later in the period, Goncalves came through with a goal of her own after an a run and assist from Kristen Zutt.
Milligan made a few changes and it paid off in the frame as the team's scoring opened up more.
"We changed our system and moved some players around to benefit us in the playoffs," the coach said. "We think that will help us in our next games."
"We've been working really hard the past couple of weeks at having our frontrunners be a little more active," he said. "We have been waiting for things to happen the whole year, and finally we've got those holes open. It's hard to defend it when our players are running through the gaps."
Annie Lairenden had King's only shot on goal, during the game, in the second half. It was nicely defended by Milligan's Melissa Thompson.
The Lady Buffaloes didn't give King many opportunities, and it paid off.
"I've been happy with our defending all year," said Dixon. "I don't think we've played bad defensively. We've given up soft goals, and we've been limiting that."
Milligan also had just one shot in the second half. It came from freshman Stephanie Junkin.
For the squad to continue its success this weekend, it will need a similar performance from the currently healthy squad.
"We've been battling injuries like everyone else has all year," Dixon said. "We're getting everyone healthy again and confidence wise, we haven't lost that and we know we can play well. You've got to create your own luck sometimes."
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