Milligan College’s Nahom Tekle scored three goals in the opening 16 as the Buffaloes kicked off the season with a 4-2 victory at Carson-Newman on Thursday.
Tekle scored his first goal on an assist from Sandre Wilson in the seventh minute. In the ninth minute, Tekle was on the receiving end of a pass from Nimely Robertson to give Milligan a 2-0 lead. The Buffaloes got on the board again in the 16th minute when Tekle knocked in a pass from Chris Ochieng to put Milligan up 3-0 at the half.
Carson-Newman opened the scoring for the second half as Joao Pedro Dowlsey found the goal in the 54th minute, and the Eagles saw Jared Prall score in the 81st minute. However, Jessup Ebanks responded in the 75th minute with a goal with an assist from Tekle to keep the Eagles at bay.
Alex Haun recorded four saves.
“I felt it was a good start for us,” Head Coach Adam Laney said. “We need to be a little more sound on defense, but it is a great start.”
The Buffaloes play Montevallo on Saturday at 1 p.m. when they open play in the Michael Shope Memorial Tournament at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C.