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Successful week has Buffs in high ‘spirit’

Daniel Manget and Kyle Stafford • Sep 18, 2018 at 5:20 PM

It’s “Spirit Week” on the campus of Milligan College and after strong performances a week ago, with volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s tennis sweeping their individual matches, the Buffs face another heavy agenda.

Volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer are all home this week for a total of six matches (two each). “Spirit Week” kicks off Wednesday at Anglin Field with men’s and women’s soccer hosting Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Reinhardt.

MEN’S SOCCER GRINDS OUT TOUGH WIN

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, the Milligan College men’s soccer team grinded out a tough 3-2 win over Auburn University Montgomery thanks to a golden goal by Robell Habte in the second overtime. The win moved the Buffs to 4-1 (0-1) on the season.

“I’m so proud of our guys for the way they reacted after halftime,” said interim head coach Kyle Findlay. “We composed ourselves, really showed our quality on the ball and ultimately found a way to win.”

Milligan found itself in an early 2-0 hole, but the team’s leading two goal scorers, Habte and Roberto Fernandez Garrido, would help change that.

Habte put the Buffs on the board just before the half thanks to an assist by Garrido to trim the lead to one. Garrido tied the game in the 77th minute off an assist by Joel Dominguez, ultimately leading to overtime.

In the second overtime, Sam Dawson found Habte in the box, who then headed the ball into the back of the net for the golden goal.

Milligan will host AAC preseason favorite Reinhardt at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Anglin Field following the women’s match. The Buffs remain home for a Saturday matchup against fellow AAC member Montreat at 7 p.m.

Both doubleheaders for soccer this week will be part of Milligan’s “Spirit Week” and feature fan contests, giveaways, tailgating and more.

WOMEN’S SOCCER GRABS FIRST AAC WIN

A few hours after Habte’s golden goal, Milligan picked up its first AAC win on the women’s side. Dharma Fawbush provided the go-ahead goal in the first half, and Bekah Cundiff supplied the eventual match winner in the second half as Milligan defeated Brenau 2-1 on the road.

The Buffs improved to 2-3-1 (1-1 AAC) this season and continued their theme of close matches. So far through six games, Milligan has been to overtime three times and had five games either undecided or decided by a single goal.

Cundiff is the team’s scoring leader with five goals. Freshman Ashlen Burch is next with three. Seven Buffs have found their way into the scoring column already this season.

VOLLEYBALL PICKS UP HUGE ROAD WIN

For the first time all season, the Milligan College volleyball team hit the road for a match — battling AAC rival Union last Tuesday and holding on for a crucial five-set win. It was the first victory for the Buffs at Union since 2013.

Julie Dockery led the team with 14 kills and five blocks, while Alyssa Gibson added four blocks, including the game winner. Kellee Geren orchestrated the offense with 39 assists, and Alyssa Rupert continued her dominant play from the back row with 38 digs.

The Buffs were scheduled to play two weekend matches, but they were both postponed due to weather and have been rescheduled for Sept. 29. Milligan will open up the week on the road for an AAC matchup against Bryan before returning home to Steve Lacy Fieldhouse for matches against Point (7 p.m. Friday) and Reinhardt (11 a.m. Saturday) during “Spirit Week.”

MORE UPCOMING FOR BUFFS

In addition to home events this week as part of Milligan’s “Spirit Week,” the Buffs will be in Swannanoa, North Carolina, for the second cross-country meet of the season. Unlike last time, in which the No. 3 women and No. 18 men ran without their top harriers, head coach Chris Layne is taking more of a full squad.

It will be the first action of the season for returning All-AAC runners Katlyn Haas, Erica Stone and Amy Ferguson on the women’s side and Nathan Baker and Eric Shull on the men’s side. The Buffs will also have NCAA Division I transfers Jacquelyn Crow (women) and Alex Mortimer (men) running for the first time.

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