MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (July 23, 2015) – Milligan College men’s soccer will begin its 2015 season by playing five of its first seven matches at Anglin Field, beginning with SCAD Savannah, who was ranked as high as No. 13 nationally last year, on Aug. 21.
Milligan’s first road match is on Aug. 25 as the Buffaloes will travel to Dalton, Georgia, to take on Dalton State College.
On Sept. 5, the Buffs head to Greenville, Tennessee, to take on Tusculum College, and then a stretch of three straight road matches begins on Sept. 16 as Milligan faces its first Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent, and the team that knocked them out of the 2014 AAC Tournament in the first round, Montreat College, in Montreat, North Carolina.
The Buffs then return home for three matches, all against conference opponents, from Sept. 26 – Oct. 3 against Tennessee Wesleyan College, Truett-McConnell College and Point University.
The final stretch of Milligan’s schedule will see them alternate between away and home matches for five straight dates as they prepare for the AAC Tournament Nov. 7-14.
The top of the AAC will feature some parody this season as Union College, Tennessee Wesleyan College, St. Andrews College and Reinhardt University were all nationally ranked at some point in 2014.
Head Coach Adam Laney said, “The AAC has gotten so much better this year that getting through the conference is almost as hard as our nonconference schedule has been in the past.”
Senior forward Jonathan Colson (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill HS), junior defender Thomas Suits (High Point, N.C./Wesleyan Christian Academy) and junior midfielder Ryan Reilly (Maryville, Tenn./Maryville HS) will each return this year looking to provide the ever-important leadership factor for the Buffs.
“We are going to rely heavily on Thomas, Ryan and Jonathan to lead us maturity-wise and with their work ethic,” said Coach Laney. “Our success will probably be directly correlated with our work ethic and mental stability.”
In 2014, Tapiwa Kaseke (Harare, Zimbabwe/Churchill Boys HS) led the Buffs in goals scored (10), including three game winning goals, points (21), shots (35), and shots on goal (18), while Colson was second on the team in goals (4) and points (8).
Additionally, both Kaseke and Suits have been putting in work this summer to hone their skills by playing summer league soccer in the Primer Development League. Kaseke plays for the GPS Portland Phoenix (Maine), who recently advanced to the playoffs after winning the North East Divisional Championship, and Suits has been training closer to home, with the Carolina Dynamo.