Viking Women's Soccer Falls in Heart Semifinals at Benedictine

Posted November 8, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (November 4, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College women’s soccer team traveled to Atchison, Kan., Tuesday evening for a Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament semifinal match with No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) College.  The Vikings played even with the Ravens through much of the match, but a late goal helped BC defeat Missouri Valley, 1-0.

 

Benedictine had the first opportunity on goal to start the game.  Senior Goalkeeper Janay Stone (Kansas City, Mo.) came up with a save, with just under seven minutes played.  The Vikings countered less than two minutes later, but a shot from Sophomore Defender Julia Amador (San Cristobal, Spain) was saved by the BC keeper.  Stone was called into action again, this time near the ten minute mark, but she was able to keep the match scoreless.  Senior Midfielder Andrea Garcia (Toledo, Spain) had an attempt on goal, but her shot was blocked with 19-minutes played in the match.  Just over two-minutes later, Junior Midfielder Racquel Hamblen (Livermore, Calif.) tested the Raven keeper, but her shot was also saved.  Benedictine tried to get the first goal of the match just past the midway point of the half, but Stone made her third save.  The two teams traded chances in the closing minutes of the half, but neither team could put an attempt on goal, sending the game into the break tied at 0-0.

 

Both teams struggled to get quality chances in the opening minutes of the second half, as the first attempt on goal came just after the 61-minute mark, when Stone had to come up with a save to keep the match scoreless.  Amador followed two minutes later with a shot, but her attempt was saved.  Senior Forward Riley Kerr (St. Charles, Mo.) nearly gave MVC the lead seconds later, but her shot was saved.  Stone made another save, this time with just over 20-minutes to play in the half, and Garcia had a shot on goal near the 77-minute mark that was saved.  Eventually, the Ravens were awarded a corner kick with under nine-minutes to play in regulation.  Benedictine scored on a header off the corner kick, and claimed a 1-0 lead.  Minutes later, Senior Forward Haley Nichols (O’Fallon, Mo.) nearly leveled the score, but her shot was saved.  The Vikings were unable to get another attempt on goal, and fell to Benedictine, 1-0.

 

Stone led the team with five saves in the match, while Garcia and Amador both had four shots, and two attempts on goal.  Missouri Valley outshot the Ravens by a 16-13 margin.

 

The loss ends the season for Missouri Valley, with an 11-6-2 record.  This is the fifth-straight season the women’s soccer team has won at least 11 games.  Benedictine improves to 10-2 on the season, and advances to the tournament championship game, Saturday.

 

 

 

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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