The Milligan College soccer team is 2-6 so far this fall, but it’s one of those seasons where the record and performance don’t line up for coach Adam Laney.
“To be honest, we’re actually playing fairly well,” Laney said Thursday. “We just aren’t scoring, so our record is what it is.”
The Buffs have 13 goals in the eight matches, but almost half of those came in a 6-1 rout of Point last week. That’s the only match they’ve won in their last five, and they scored just three goals in the losses.
“It’s one of those things that there’s not a whole lot else we can do differently,” said Laney. “If you look at our stats, we’re outshooting most of our opponents. We have more saves, more corners. The game has just been cruel more often than not this year. We might usually have one or two games in a season where we play really well and don’t win, and this year we’ve had four or five.”
The Buffs have won the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season championship the last two years, but they’re off to a 2-3 start this year. They have yet to play the front-runners, unbeaten Bryan and Tennessee Wesleyan, so ground can be made up.
They need to start finding ways to win on the road, beginning Saturday at Union. So far the Buffs are 0-6 away from Anglin Field.
The team’s top goal scorer is Anthony Matekenya, a sophomore midfielder from Zimbabwe, with five.
The women’s team was having similar offensive woes until erupting for a 6-1 victory over Point last Saturday.
That snapped a four-match losing streak for the Lady Buffs (3-5-1), who had managed just one goal during the drought. At 2-2 in the AAC, they are tied for fifth place.
Reinhardt leads the way with a 3-0 mark.
Rebecca Buchanan, a freshman forward from Knoxville, leads the Lady Buffs with four goals.
The men’s golf team shot a school-record round of 282 Tuesday at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville to finish fourth in the Tusculum Invitational.
The Buffs finished 23 shots behind team champion Lincoln Memorial. Tusculum was second.
Milligan’s top score was turned in by Simon Treeby. The junior from Australia carded rounds of 72-68 to finish fifth.
The team will play next at the Chick Fil A Men’s Invitational in Rome, Ga., beginning Sunday.
Milligan remains in the top 20 in the NAIA women’s cross country poll this week, at No. 19. That’s down one spot from a week ago.
The Lady Buffs will run in the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 5.