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Women’s soccer advances

Buffaloes women’s soccer advances in the AAC tournament

The third-seeded Milligan College women’s soccer used two first half goals to advance past sixth-seeded Columbia College on Saturday afternoon in Appalachian Athletic Conference Quarterfinal action at Anglin Field. The Buffaloes advance to play second-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan on Thursday afternoon in Montreat, N.C.

“It is a great way to advance in the tournament,” Head Coach Lisa Buckley said. “We came out hard early, and I think that really helped us. Big players really stepped up which is massive, and we belong in the next round. This team deserves it and it is a great way to go out in your last game at home.”

The Buffaloes took the early advantage as Lauren Brewer (Knoxville, Tenn.) scored on off an assist from Teagan Wood (Kingsport, Tenn.) in the 18th minute. Wood extended the Milligan lead in the 34th minute with an unassisted goal. The Buffaloes were unable to add another goal before the break as they held a 2-0 advantage at the half.

In the second half, Milligan quickly added another goal as Caroline Gill (Stafford, Va.) found the net in the 57th minute. Columbia responded with a Heather Moore goal in the 63rd minute, but the Buffaloes tightened up to preserve the victory.

Defensively, Lauren McInturff (Kingsport, Tenn.) tallied six saves in the game.

With the win, Milligan improves to 10-6-1.

The Buffaloes will face second-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan on Thursday, Nov. 7. Both semifinals and the championship match will be held at Montreat College in Montreat, N.C. Match times will be announced on Sunday afternoon.