Strong second half not enough for Rams soccer in 4-2 loss vs. Milligan
The men's soccer team loses AAC home opener against Milligan 4-2
Sports Information Department BC
September 18, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield College netted two-second half goals but couldn't overcome the early deficit as visiting Milligan College defeated the Rams 4-2 on Saturday at the East River Soccer Complex.
Both teams came out of the gates with offensive threats, but it was the Buffaloes who would strike two goals in the first half to go up 2-0 at halftime.
A creative play inside the box by Miiligan set up their first goal as the defense was pushed to one side of the goal, and the pass found Ochieng's foot. Milligan's forward finished it for the 1-0 lead.
Just minutes later, BC lost two of their starters to injuries in defender James Gunn (back) and midfielder captain Joey Waltz (concussion). With the change in lineup, the Rams coaching staff had to restructure their game plan for the final 45 minutes.
Just before halftime, Milligan got a second goal in the 34th minute. After a sloppy challenge in the penalty area, the Buffaloes' Ochieng stepped up and knocked in his second goal of the game. The play was started off a controversial 'no-call' free kick, where the ball was still moving when played; play resumed eventually leading to an unfortunate play defensively by Bluefield.
Just inside the second half, Milligan seemed to catch another break in the 51st minute when Colby Robbins drove a routine ball into the six-yard box. GK Jefferson Watson was on target to catch it cleanly, but the ball slipped through his hands into the back of the net for the Milligan 3-0 lead.
Offensive attacks were frequent and dangerous for the Rams throughout the second half, and finally Bluefield tallied on the end of a nice service ball from the hustling MF Jacob Mader. Mader found Pedro Frazillio in space who slotted the ball through the Buffs GK in the 63rd minute.
Milligan came right back five minutes as Sandre Wilson picked up another goal on the season for the Buffaloes with an assist from Chris Ochieng. Ochieng finished the contest with 2g and 1a.
The Rams came back again with a great buildup down the right side. After the ball was intentionally headed into the goal-mouth, it popped out to the top of the box finding MF Dan Turpin. Turpin, with little time, volleyed the shot just inside the right post with no chance for Milligan's keeper to make a play. The lead was cut to 4-2. A few more chances by both teams found the score stay the same for the final ten minutes.
Milligan's 4-2 win gives them a 1-0 AAC record, and Bluefield a 0-1 record. Bluefield was narrowly outshot 14-11, while Bluefield had 4 more corner kicks than Milligan.
Bluefield will be on the road this week as they travel for a two-game road trip to Georgia. The Rams will start with a non-conference match on Friday at Toccoa Falls, followed up by a AAC match against Reinhardt.
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