Viking Soccer Teams Split at Graceland

Posted October 22, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (October 22, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s soccer teams traveled to Lamoni, Iowa, Saturday evening for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with Graceland (Iowa) University.  The Viking women’s team outshot the Yellowjackets, but suffered a 1-0 defeat.  The Missouri Valley men’s soccer team used three goals in the first half to come away with a 4-0 win.

 

The Missouri Valley women’s team opened its game with multiple shots in the opening six minutes of play.  Both Senior Midfielder Andrea Garcia (Toledo, Spain) and Senior Midfielder Lais Pazzini (Canoas, Spain) had shots saved by the GU keeper near the five-minute mark.  Senior Goalkeeper Janay Stone (Kansas City, Mo.) came up with her first save just past 10-minutes played in the match.  The Vikings continued to put pressure on the Yellowjackets, but a shot from Sophomore Defender Nerea Beitia (Murguia, Spain) was saved by the Graceland keeper with 15-minutes played.  Stone was called on for her second save of the match midway through the half, and Junior Forward Melissa Urena (Fremont, Calif.) had a shot saved in front of goal with just over 18-minutes remaining before the break.  Stone had to come up with two more saves in the final 10-minutes of the half to send the match into halftime tied at 0-0.

 

Graceland came out quick in the opening moments of the second half, scoring with under one-minute played to grab a 1-0 lead.  Urena had a shot blocked in front of the Graceland goal just one minute later, and Sophomore Defender Julia Amador (San Cristobal, Spain) had a shot saved with nearly eight-minutes played in the half.  Amador put another shot on goal seven-minutes later, but again her attempt was saved.  Stone made her first save of the half with 12-mintues played, but Missouri Valley continued to put pressure on the GU defense.  Missouri Valley had four additional shots saved by the Graceland keeper, or blocked in front of goal in the final 20-minutes of play, but could not find the equalizer.  The Vikings fell to the Yellowjackets, 1-0.

 

Stone made five saves in goal for Missouri Valley.  The Vikings outshot Graceland by a 27-16 margin, putting eight of those shots on goal.  Urena, Pazzini and Amador each had five shots in the match.

 

The loss drops Missouri Valley to 9-4-2 overall and 6-2-2 in the Heart.  Graceland improves to 5-8-2 on the season and 5-5 in conference play.

 

The men’s soccer match opened with both teams struggling to get early chances.  Missouri Valley’s first shot on target came 15-minutes into the match when Senior Forward George Limbert (Leicester, England) had a chance blocked.  The next quality chance came 10-minutes later, when Sophomore Defender Joan Matorell (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) and Senior Forward Rafael Alcaraz (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) set up Limbert with the first goal of the match, giving MVC a 1-0 lead.  Alcaraz nearly added to the MVC lead just one minute later, but his shot hit off the post.  Sophomore Goalkeeper Patrick Irankunda (Ashford, England) came up with first save of the match, 17-minutes until halftime.  Two-minutes later, Alcaraz made an attempt count, scoring to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead.  Seven minutes later, Senior Midfielder Alejandro Corella (Madrid, Spain) stretched the MVC lead to 3-0.  Irankunda came up with one more save in the final moments of the first half, and the Vikings went into the break holding a 3-0 lead.

 

Missouri Valley opened the second half continuing to apply pressure to the Graceland defense.  Freshman Forward Pedro Garcia (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) had a shot blocked with five minutes played, but two-minutes later, Limbert added his second goal of the match to extend the MVC lead to 4-0.  Garcia assisted on the goal.  Graceland began to build up pressure through the middle portion of the half, trying to mount a comeback.  Irankunda had to come up with three saves over a four-minute stretch to keep the Yellowjackets off the board.  The Vikings were unable to add to their lead late in the half, and Irankunda was forced into three more saves in the final 13-minutes of play to help Missouri Valley earn a 4-0 win.

 

Limbert finished with a career-high two goals, and now leads the team with six goals.  Alcaraz scored his fourth goal of the season and added his second assist.  Corella added his second goal of the season.  Matorell and Garcia both registered their second assists.  Irankunda finished with eight saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season.

 

The win moves Missouri Valley to 9-5-2 overall and 5-3-2 in the Heart.  Graceland falls to 7-9 overall and 4-6 in conference play.

 

Next up for the Viking soccer teams is a doubleheader at Baker (Kan.) University, Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m., in Baldwin City, Kan.  The Baker women’s team is ranked No. 14, and the men’s team is ranked No. 6 in the latest coaches’ polls.

 

 

 

 

About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.

 



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