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Milligan men’s soccer unable to hold off VI rally in AAC semifinal
Milligan College, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2012) — The Milligan College men’s soccer team was unable to hold off a late Virginia Intermont rally as they fell 3-2 in the semifinals of the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday night at Anglin Field.
In the first half, Milligan saw a pair of shots by Nimely Robertson (Liberia) unable to get past the Cobra keeper in the opening minutes. The Buffaloes continued to attack, but Colby Robbins (Randleman, N.C.) and Lucas Maia (Rio de Janerio) saved by VI. However, the Buffaloes finally broke onto the board when Chris Ochieng (Nairobi, Kenya) found the goal in the 36th minute. The Ochieng goal gave Milligan a 1-0 lead at the half.
Oching opened the scoring early in the second half for Milligan as he scored off an assist from Robbins. The Cobras cut the gap to 2-1 in the 64th when Jose Rubio scored off an assist from Juan Carlos Molina, and then evened the score in the 80th minute as Yannick Chiepodeu scored off an assist from Rubio. The Buffaloes were unable to score on shots from Rusty Baxter (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Robertson in the final minutes as the game went to overtime.
In the overtime period, the Buffaloes got the first chance early on a Nahom Tekle (Ethiopia) corner kick. However, Milligan was unable to find the net. Virginia Intermont secured the win when Rubio scored in the 95th minute.
The Cobras will face Tennessee Wesleyan, who defeated Bryan 4-1, in the championship match which is slated for 6 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Anglin Field.
The Buffaloes finish the season with a 11-6 overall record. They claimed their second consecutive AAC regular season title with a conference record of 7-1.
MILLIGAN COLLEGE is an athletic powerhouse in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with 23 intercollegiate sports. In the past 10 years, Milligan has won 50 conference titles and made 57 national tournament appearances. For more information on Milligan athletics, visit www.milliganbuffs.com.
MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast, Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers 30 undergraduate majors and four master’s degrees. To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-447-5922.