TWC played Milligan College on Saturday in a game they needed to win in order to tie for first with Bryan College as Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season champions. Milligan were regular season champions last year and it was a title they were not going to relinquish without a fight.
TWC was ready and up for the game, they started on fire and won a penalty in the first minute. Garrett Koon put a cross up to the back post, Pedro Alba leaped early and one of the Milligan Defenders plowed into his back, the referee had no doubt to award TWC the kick. Luke Winter confidently stepped up to take it, he went low to the goalkeepers left, the keeper got a big hand to it and pushed it onto the post, luckily for TWC Winter was first to the ball and slid it into the net. 1-0 to TWC in the first minute. TWC kept this frenetic pace and overpowered Milligan, Martyn Freestone had a header that hit the post and another chance for him went just wide. Then in the 26th minute TWC won a corner on their left, John Carrier curled it into the box, Josh Simnett was first to react and from just inside the six yard box redirected the corner into the back of the net. The second goal was no more than TWC deserved after the first 30 minutes of pressure. Milligan almost pulled a goal back just before the half, one of their players picked the ball up just outside the TWC box and hit a rocket that was heading into the corner of the goal, TWC goalkeeper Josh Leader saw it late but still managed to dive to his right and pulled of a great save. The score at halftime was TWC 2 Milligan 0.
The second half saw Milligan on the front foot and TWC struggle to retain possession, but as usual their defense played fantastically well to keep Milligan's chances to a minimum. It was backs to the wall stuff for TWC most of the half, but everyone did their part and Milligan struggled to break TWC down. Then in the 78th minute Milligan attacked down the TWC right, a cross came in and Nimely Robertson found himself alone in front of the TWC goal, he slotted the ball into the corner of the net. TWC had to hang on to the lead for the last 10 minutes, which they did and when the final whistle blew TWC had won the game 2-1 and were conference regular season champions.
TWC ended the regular season 6-0-1 in conference play tied with Bryan College who are ranked #13 in the country.
TWC's next game will be the AAC tournament semi final on Saturday November 6th at home vs. Reinhardt University.