Women's Soccer Tops Central Methodist in Postseason Match

Posted November 4, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (November 4, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College women’s soccer team hosted Central Methodist (Mo.) University in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament Friday evening at Gregg-Mitchell Field.  The Vikings had the majority of chances in the match, coming away with a 3-0 win.


Missouri Valley got out quickly against CMU, as Senior Forward Riley Kerr (St. Charles, Mo.) had an attempt that went just wide of the post, only seconds after the start of play.  Kerr followed five-minutes later with another shot, this time requiring a save from the Central Methodist keeper.  Missouri Valley continued to apply pressure, and Senior Midfielder Andrea Garcia (Toledo, Spain) had a shot from outside the box hit off the crossbar.  With 20-minutes played in the match, Garcia had her second shot, but her attempt was saved.  Midway through the half, the Vikings had three successive shots on goal, coming from Senior Defender Madison Deane (Eureka, Mo.), Senior Midfielder Lais Pazzini (Canoas, Brazil) and Kerr, but all three attempts were saved.  Central Methodist was unable to get any shot attempt until after the 30-minute mark, but Senior Goalkeeper Janay Stone (Kansas City, Mo.) made a save to keep the match scoreless.  Moments after the Stone save, Missouri Valley answered back with another attempt on goal.  Garcia set up Junior Forward Melissa Urena (Fremont, Mo.) for the first goal of the match, putting MVC up 1-0.  The Eagles responded with pressure in the closing minutes of the half, getting three shots off in the final 10 minutes, one needing a save from Stone, but Missouri Valley closed out the first half of play with a 1-0 lead.


The second half started with both teams trading possession.  Neither team had quality opportunities with ten minutes played after the restart.  With 12-minutes gone in the half, Pazzini took a shot from the top corner of the box that got past the CMU keeper, extending the Viking lead to 2-0.  Central Methodist followed with a shot that went just high over the crossbar four-minutes later.  Missouri Valley then put the game out of reach, with just under 20-minutes played in the second half.  Garcia recorded her second assist, setting up Senior Forward Haley Nichols (O’Fallon, Mo.) with a goal to put the Vikings ahead 3-0.  Stone needed to come up with two more saves over the following six minutes, while Kerr and Senior Midfielder Fernanda Portugal (Sao Paulo, Brazil) both had shots saved midway through the half.  Stone needed to make one more save in the final minutes of regulation to preserve the shutout, and give Missouri Valley a 3-0 win.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Urena who scored her seventh goal, and her second game-winning goal of the season.  Pazzini added her fourth goal, while Nichols added her team-leading eighth goal this season.  Garcia added two assists, and now leads the team with 22 total points.  Stone made five saves in the match to record her seventh shutout.  The Vikings outshot the Eagles by a 17-9 margin.  Missouri Valley played Central Methodist to a 0-0 tie at home, back on Sept. 24.


The win moves Missouri Valley to 11-5-2 overall, while Central Methodist sees its season come to an end with a record of 13-4-2.  This is the first conference tournament win for the Viking women’s soccer program since defeating Avila (Mo.) University, 4-1, in the first round of the 2012 tournament.


The win puts Missouri Valley into the semifinal round of the 2016 Heart Postseason Tournament.  The Vikings will travel to Atchison, Kan., for a match with No. 12 Benedictine (Kan.) College.  The match will be played Tuesday, with a time still to be determined.  The Ravens defeated William Penn (Iowa) University in their quarterfinal match Friday evening, 1-0.  Missouri Valley lost to Benedictine at home, on Oct. 18, 1-0.




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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