Bulldogs trim Buffs for men's crown

By Allen LaMountain


   Sometimes dominating a team isn't the same as beating them, and the Milligan Buffaloes found that to be true on Saturday night when the Tennessee-Wesleyan Bulldogs scored a goal with 16:14 left in regulation and made it stand up in topping the Buffs 1-0 at the Anglin soccer complex.
   The loss ends Milligan's season with a 13-7 mark, while Tennessee-Wesleyan moves on to the Regional tournament after having knocked off number one seed Virginia Intermont and three seed Milligan.
   "We had opportunities all night, and in fact their coach told me he figured we had dominated 70-80 percent of the game," said Buffs head coach Marty Shirley. "Tennessee-Wesleyan is a good team, and their keeper made some outstanding saves. We felt the game was ours for the taking, but we also feel like there is a higher priority in Christ and we have to keep that in mind."
   Bulldog goalkeeper Mike McClellan was superb on this night denying the Buffs on several golden scoring chances. McClellan finished with nine saves on the night, but credited his team mates for their defensive play.
   Milligan out-shot the Bulldogs by a nine-to-five margin and dominated play in the Tennessee-Wesleyan end, but were never able to get that one solid look at the Bulldogs goal.
   "I have never been with a team that worked harder in the back line. Our main focus was on the defense coming in here, we knew we had to stop Dalan (Telles)," said McClellan. "We know that everything Milligan does offensively goes through him, and our guys did a great job on him."
   Junior Tom Gorman got the games only score with a header off a corner kick by Justin Lucas. "Their keeper came up with some great saves, and we knew we would have to take advantage of any shots we could get," said Gorman. "I saw an opening at the near post on the corner kick and went for it. I had a good run and Lucas put it in a good spot."
   Bulldogs head coach Tom Condone was pleased and proud of his teams' outstanding defensive effort saying, "Milligan is an extremely talented team, and we had to weather a few storms as they pressed the fight to us. Defensively we were able to keep our shape while still getting a second and sometimes third defender over on Telles. He is a great caliber player, and a very creative player."