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Women's Soccer - Thu, Oct. 5, 2017

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. – After a tough road loss at Reinhardt, the Montreat Cavaliers' women's soccer team came into Wednesday's game against Milligan College with a specific intention of slowing the high-powered Buffaloes (7-1-2, 3-0-2).

"One of our goals was to defend well for the first ten minutes, because in several games we've conceded a goal within ten minutes [of the start] of each half," said head coach Courtney Nash. "I think they scored in the first half at nine minutes, but I thought the girls really did a good job with it as a whole. We still have room to grow." 

Midfield standout Alanna Castaneda (JR/Dallas, TX) reflected her coach's sentiment. "We wanted to show them that we're here to play; play hard for the first ten minutes and then see what we can do offensively," said Castaneda. "Defensively, I thought we played lights out."

Milligan's first score was off the foot of Brittany Davis. Montreat's Castaneda almost registered the equalizer when she hit the crossbar roughly midway through the opening half. Later in the first, Charlye Goines (SO/Morganton, NC) evened the score on an opportunistic goal off a corner kick from Montreat's Kirby Hill (JR/Knoxville, TN). It was the first career score for the midfielder from Morganton.

"We had the cornered kick it flicked off Alana's head, she flicked it on and Charlye was back post crashing and put it in," said Nash.

With a deserved defensive focus, the Cavs (2-7) struggled at times to consistently get numbers up into the offensive zone. The game played as a tight 2-1 contest until the last half-minute of playwhen the Buffaloes' Allyson McMillan added an insurance goal for the visitors. 

"Milligan is a team that can contend for the conference championship. So, to hold them throughout the game, to be competitive with them throughout the game, and to keep them to 2-1 until the last 30 seconds - I think that speaks volumes to what our girls are capable of when we show up to play, and play well as a group together," said Nash.

Next up: The Cavaliers head into their second game of a six-game home stand when they host the NCCAA's Columbia International Rams. CIU is 4-3-1 overall, and Montreat faced them on the road last year in a 3-1 loss on September 24. The game is at 5:00 p.m. at Pulliam Stadium and is part of the College's Homecoming

Pictured: Montreat's McKayla High (JR/Peachland, NC) moves upfield in yesterday's game against Montreat

Photo Credit: Montreat Athletics


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