Lady Buffs shave King for tourney crown
Lady Buffaloes collect 14th shutout of the season
By Dallas Cook


   JOHNSON CITY--After defeating the King College Tornado in the regular season, the Lady Buffaloes of Milligan College looked to knock them off one more time with this one being for the Appalachian Athletic Conference championship.
   The 12th ranked Buffaloes (15-2-3) succeeded in their mission of beating King College (16-5-1) as they scored the only goal of the evening on Danika Gumbs 10th goal of the year and taking home the championship trophy since winning the no longer existing TVAC (Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference) title.
   "I was just trying to keep our team in the game," said Gumbs. "When I came in I wanted to keep them motivated and get them excited."
   With a scoreless first half of play, Milligan took the 1-0 lead when Gumbs came in for the injured Jackie Goncalves and on the 36th minute worked her way through the Tornado defense to net the goal.
   "King will always be our rival," Gumbs said. "Every year it is going to be a strong competition no matter what each of our records are. They're a good team and they're always out for us, but we always seem to stay strong."
   For Gumbs that makes her fourth game-winning goal of the year including a game-winning goal over the 10th ranked Mobile.
   "She is capable of so much more," said Garvilla. "Out there tonight that was all out effort."
   Also a former high school track star out of Minnesota, coach John Garvilla is very confident in his sophmore and the tools she brings to the team.
   "She has a first gear and a third gear," said Garvilla of the speedy Gumbs. "We have to get her to use that fifth gear a little more, tonight she put it on the line for her team."
   Defensively the Buffaloes tallied their 14th shutout of the season and that now ranks them 10th all-time in the NAIA (Nation Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).
   "Our performance was all heart and soul tonight," said Garvilla. "I thought we had the ball a good part of the match we just couldn't simply put it in the net."
   Goalkeeper Abby Armstrong was tops for the Buffaloes as she turned in another stellar performance in front of the net.
   "We have come so far but it seemed like we weren't getting any respect," said Gumbs. "And I think we finally are."
   Milligan and King will now move onto Region 12 play as times and opponents will be announced for Thursday's and Friday's games.