Lady Buffs emerge AAC tournament champions

from staff reports

   BARBOURSVILLE, Ky. -- Senior Bianca Spoto scored two goals in route to a 2-1 victory over homestanding Union College to win the AAC Conference Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
   Spoto scored once in the 50th minute off an assist from Kristin Zutt. Spoto's second goal was an unassisted one in the 84th minute.
   Outshot 15-11 by Union, Milligan shot where it counted. The Lady Buffs had 10 shots on goal compared to Union's 6. Andrea Breece also had five shots for the Buffaloes.
   Before the AAC Tournament, Milligan had already advanced to the Regional Tournament. The Buffaloes will play Tennessee Wesleyan at 3 p.m. on November 12 at Milligan in the Regional Quarterfinals.
   BARBOURSVILLE, Ky. -- Milligan College women's soccer team defeated Virginia Intermont in the semifinal game of the AAC tournament at Union College on Friday.
   Katie Coghill scored first for the Buffaloes on an assist from Bianca Spoto. Coghill then returned the favored and assisted on Spoto's goal.
   "I'm very proud of the girls, they played very well" said Milligan coach David Dixon. "We moved the ball well and took advantage of Virginia Intermont's mistakes.
   LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Milligan College men's and women's cross country teams captured their first Region 12 titles since the program started in 1999. In addition, both teams took Appalachian Athletic Conference crowns. In doing so, they both earned berths to the NAIA National Championships in Louisville.
   Marta Zimon and Sean Bowman took the region and conference individual titles. Combined, both squads earned seven first-team All-Region honors, four second-team All-Region honors and seven All-Conference selections.
   The Milligan men placed six runners in the top ten, and the women placed three runners in the top five.
   On the men's side, Chris Wright followed Bowman for second place, lone senior Shane Oakleaf finished fifth, followed closely by teammate Trevor Donovan in sixth and Ted Dubois in eighth. Former Science Hill standout Jair Collie finished ninth overall.
   The women's squad, who ran without No. 4 runner Ann Marie Gardner, bettered conference rival Virginia Intermont by a score of 46-54. Sophomore Megan Lease finished fourth overall with Lauren Gross in fifth. Amber Peace (12th) and Rachel Carriger (25th) rounded out Milligan's top five.
   Buffalo head coach Chris Layne was named NAIA Region 12 coach of the year.