After opening the season with a close 4-2 loss to Kentucky’s Asbury College in a tournament at Montreat College, the Buffs have ripped off three straight wins by outscoring their opponents 11-2.
“We knew that the first part of our schedule was going to be really tough with the first four games in nine days,” said head coach Lisa Buckley. “The girls were up to the challenge though and came through with great results.”
During the stretch, senior Sami Joy and sophomore Bekah Cundiff were the Appalachian Athletic Conference players of the week for Sept. 10. Joy was named defensive player of the week while Cundiff was chosen as offensive player of the week.
“Bekah is only a sophomore and she came into the season in really good shape,” said Buckley. “She was one of our primary scorers last year, and she has only gotten better. I really think we've only scratched the surface with her potential."
Cundiff had three goals for the Buffs, including the lone goal against Rio Grande in the win on Sept. 9.
Milligan will take on Reinhardt on Sept. 16 on the road in the first AAC contest of the season.
The softball team will host the 27th edition of the Milligan Fall Classic this weekend at Winged Deer Park. The tournament will play host to numerous travel-ball teams from Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.
The tournament will feature over 100 games and several college teams will also participate, including East Tennessee State and Lincoln Memorial University. Milligan will play five games in the tournament with three games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. ETSU will play two games Sunday.
“This is a great opportunity for our young freshman to get in the system before the season starts,” said head coach Wes Holly. “It also helps us figure out what we need to work on during the winter in order to get better for the upcoming season.”
Holly said that the pitching staff will be one thing to pay attention to this weekend with a multitude of returning starters. Holly also mentioned that the incoming freshman class is talented, including Neelee Griffith (Unicoi) and Taylor Begley (Cherokee).
The men’s soccer team has had a rough start to the season, going 1-5-1 through the first seven games. The Buffs won their first game in a road match at Pikeville with a resounding 3-0 decision. Senior Josh Willard had two goals in the match for the Buffs.
Milligan will travel to Reinhardt on Sept. 16 for its first AAC match of the year. The next home match will be Sept. 27 against Bluefield College with kickoff set for 7 p.m.