Men's Soccer Upsets MNU in Heart Semifinals

Posted November 9, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (November 9, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College men’s soccer team traveled to Olathe, Kan., Wednesday afternoon to play No. 7 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University in the semifinal round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament.  The Vikings limited the Pioneers to just two shots on goal, and used a first half goal to earn a 1-0 upset win.

 

Missouri Valley started the match with the better chances, as Senior Midfielder Alejandro Corella (Madrid, Spain) put a shot on goal just past the two minute mark, but his chance was saved.  The Vikings followed with three more attempts over the next seven minutes.  Corella had a shot blocked, while Senior Forward Rafael Alcaraz (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) also had an attempt blocked during the span.  With just over 11-minutes played, Junior Defender Zdravko Kantar (Backi Jarak, Serbia) put an attempt on goal, but the MNU keeper came up with his second save of the match.  The Vikings continued to put pressure on the Pioneer defense, and eventually broke through with a goal.  Junior Midfielder David Martinez (Puerto Odraz, Venezuela) set up Alcaraz for the opening goal of the match, giving MVC a 1-0 lead with nearly 14-minutes played.  Missouri Valley continued to lead in attempts through the midway point of the half, as Alcaraz had a shot saved just over 10-minutes after his goal.  Sophomore Goalkeeper Patrick Irankunda (Ashford, England) was called on for his first save of the match, keeping MNU off the scoreboard just past the 28-minute mark.  Senior Forward George Limbert (Leicester, England) had a shot blocked in front of the MidAmerica Nazarene goal after 30-minutes of play, but that was the final chance of the half for Missouri Valley.  Irankunda made a save just over five minutes later, and Freshman Forward Alexis Lagase (Brussels, Belgium) blocked an attempt from MNU in the final minutes to help keep send the Vikings into halftime holding a 1-0 lead.

 

The second half featured more chances from MidAmerica Nazarene, but the Pioneers struggled to put many of their chances on goal.  The Vikings blocked three-straight MNU chances over a two-minute span near the midway point of the half.  Missouri Valley’s first shot on goal came just past the 68-minute mark, but George had his shot saved.  The two teams traded possession through much of the rest of the half.  Kantar blocked a Pioneer shot with under 20-minutes remaining to keep the Viking in front.  MidAmerica Nazarene had one final chance, coming in the final seconds of play, but the shot sailed high of the goal and Missouri Valley came away with the 1-0 victory.

 

Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Alcaraz, who scored his fifth goal, and second game-winning goal, of the season.  He now has 13 points on the season, second-most on the team.  Martinez added his first assist of the season.  Irankunda came up with two saves in the match, and recorded his sixth shutout of the season.

 

The win pushes Missouri Valley to 13-5-2 overall, while MidAmerica Nazarene falls to 15-3-1.

 

The win puts the Viking men’s soccer team into the championship match of the Heart Postseason Tournament.  The championship match takes place Saturday, and Missouri Valley will host Grand View (Iowa) University.  The match takes place at 7 p.m., at Gregg-Mitchell Field.  The Vikings played Grand View to a 0-0 tie at home, back on Sept. 17.

 

 

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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