Viking Soccer Teams Sweep William Penn to End Regular Seasons

Posted October 29, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (October 29, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s soccer teams traveled to Oskaloosa, Iowa, Saturday evening for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with William Penn (Iowa) University to finish the 2016 regular season.  The women’s team used a pair of second half goals to take a 2-0 win, while the men’s team needed a late goal to top the Statesmen, 2-1.


Missouri Valley put early pressure on the William Penn defense, getting off three shots in the opening 12-minutes of play.  Only one shot was on goal, as an attempt from Senior Midfielder Andrea Garcia (Toledo, Spain) was saved.  Eight-minutes later, Junior Forward Melissa Urena (Fremont, Calif.) had a shot saved by the WPU keeper.  The Vikings had four additional shots throughout the rest of the first half, but none of the attempts were on goal.  The Missouri Valley defense kept William Penn to only two shots in the half, none required a save from Senior Goalkeeper Janay Stone (Kansas City, Mo.).  The two teams went into halftime tied at 0-0.


The second half opened with early chances by the Vikings.  Urena had a shot saved less than three minutes after the restart, but it a mistake by the William Penn defense led to the opening goal.  Missouri Valley claimed a 1-0 lead at the 50-minute mark off a WPU own goal.  William Penn responded from there, getting two attempts on goal over the next 13-minutes.  However, Stone came up with two saves.  William Penn again tested Stone with a shot 20-minutes into the half, but again Stone made the save.  Senior Forward Haley Nichols (O’Fallon, Mo.) put a shot on goal near the 70-minute mark, but her shot was saved.  The two teams traded possession over the next 10-minutes, but neither could change the score line.  With less than seven-minutes to play, Missouri Valley put the game out of reach.  Sophomore Forward Silvia Curtiada (Barcelona, Spain) set up Nichols for a goal, giving MVC a 2-0 lead.  The Vikings kept William Penn from getting another attempt on goal in the final minutes of the match, and Missouri Valley finished out its regular season with a 2-0 win.


Nichols scored her seventh goal of the season while Curtiada recorded her second assist.  Stone finished with three saves to earn her sixth shutout of the season.


The win moves Missouri Valley to 10-5-2 overall and 7-3-2 in the Heart.  William Penn falls to 6-10-1 on the season and 4-7-1 in the conference.


The Viking women’s soccer team will now move into the quarterfinal round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Postseason Tournament.  Missouri Valley will play Friday, with the location and opponent announced by the conference Sunday.


Missouri Valley opened the men’s game with chances, getting a shot on goal from Senior Forward Rafael Alcaraz (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) with just over six-minutes played, but his shot was saved.  Just past the midway point in the half, Senior Midfielder Alejandro Corella (Madrid, Spain) put a shot on goal, but again the WPU keeper came up with a save.  William Penn had two chances over a two-minute span near the 30-minute mark, but two of the shots were blocked in front of goal.  The Statesmen had a shot hit off the crossbar with under 12-minutes to play before the break, but the two teams failed to get a goal before halftime, and first half ended with the score tied at 0-0.


The two teams struggled to get much going offensively through the early stages of the second half.  Sophomore Goalkeeper Patrick Irankunda (Ashford, England) made his first save just after the 61-minute mark.  Missouri Valley finally broke through with the opening goal of the match just one-minute later.  Sophomore Defender Joan Matroell (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) set up Freshman Forward Alexis Lagase (Brussels, Belgium) to put MVC in front 1-0.  The Vikings limited William Penn’s chances over the next several minutes, and nearly added it their lead, but a shot from Sophomore Midfielder Jason Gamil (Cairo, Egypt) hit off the crossbar.  William Penn countered, and with just over 10-minutes to play in regulation the Statesmen tied the score at 1-1.  William Penn nearly took a late lead, but Irankunda came up with a save just moments after the restart.  The Vikings followed with pressure on the WPU defense, and Alcaraz set up Freshman Midfielder Petar Novovic (Belgrade, Serbia) with the go-ahead goal just after 81-minutes of play to give MVC a 2-1 advantage.  Irankunda was forced into another save moments after the goal, but Missouri Valley held on to its lead in the final moments of the match, and earned a 2-1 victory.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Novovic who scored his first goal, and his first game-winning goal of the season.  Lagase added his second goal, while Matorell and Alcaraz each recorded their third assists.  Irankunda came up with three saves in the game.


The win moves Missouri Valley to 11-5-2 overall and 7-3-2 in the Heart.  William Penn falls to 7-9-2 on the season and 4-7-1 in conference play.


The Viking men’s soccer team will move into the quarterfinal round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Postseason Tournament.  Missouri Valley will play Saturday, with the location and opponent announced by the conference Sunday.



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