Lady Buffs dismiss Cavs by 6-0 score

By Matt Hill

   JOHNSON CITY- The Montreat College Lady Cavaliers envisioned playing competitively with the 23rd ranked women's soccer team in NAIA Division II on Wednesday morning.
   That ranked team, which is Milligan College, had other plans.
   The Lady 'Buffs scored two goals in the first 10 minutes, as they cruised to a 6-0 win over the Lady Cavaliers in the opening round of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament at Civitan Park.
   Rogie Restie scored in the eighth minute, and Bianca Spoto netted a goal in the ninth minute to start what was an easy day for Milligan.
   Milligan didn't score again until the 51st minute, and then proceeded to add three more after that.
   "I'm excited for the girls," Milligan head coach Marty Shirley said. "They did well. We came out and played real strong in the first ten minutes of the first half, then we had a little bit of a letdown where we played to their level. At halftime we made some adjustments, and told them that they need to play at a higher level, because as the games go on they're going to get tougher."
   Milligan scored in bunches in this one. Tanya Rupert scored in the 51st minute and Spoto scored on a corner kick in the 56th minute.
   Later in the contest, Alicia Rosendahl made it 5-0 with a goal in the 74th minute. Just nine minutes later, Rupert tallied her second goal of the day to finish the scoring.
   "It either rains or pours," Shirley said. "Usually you get a lot or you don't get a lot. We're working a lot on finishing and trying to be consistent. When we're on, things are hitting well. If we're not on, we should have a solid enough defense to keep things on track."
   Denise Kitchin topped the Lady Buffs with two assists. Katie Lindemann and Cora Deakins also had assists for Milligan.
   Milligan outshot Montreat 15-3, as goalkeeper Emma Wirkus was never really threatened on the day.
   "We played very well," Wirkus said. "The last couple of training sessions have been a little bit off, but we came out here and did what we had to do."
   Wirkus was very pleased with having plenty of goal support.
   "Getting a couple early really helps," Wirkus said. "You're not on your back foot the whole time."
   Milligan will be back in action on Friday night at 7 p.m.