Vikings make no gains at Lindenwood
ST. CHARLES -- It's not certain whether the Missouri Valley College women's soccer team hurt itself or not by playing Heart of America Conference foe Lindenwood to a scoreless tie Wednesday at St. Charles.
The Lady Vikings entered the contest ranked fourth in NAIA Region V, which would have them in contention for a playoff spot. However, Valley had a chance to separate itself in the league standings from the Lady Lions, but instead still share third place.
Certainly, head coach Derek Burton considered the Lady Vikings out of sync after eight days of inactivity.
"I think our week layoff ... really hurt our rhythm," he said. "We started slow and static, not being proactive for 15 to 20 minutes."
Later in the half, Valley started attacking -- sophomore Tiffany Shaw getting a pair of shots off -- but then became sluggish after the break.
"Physically, we put forth effort," Burton explained. "Mentally and technically, we didn't."
Fortunately, the Lady Vikings "survived," in Burton's view, the final 65 minutes to salvage a draw. Sophomore Keri Huston made eight saves for her ninth shutout of the season. Lindenwood (5-9-1, 5-2-1 HAAC) got six stops from freshman Amanda Renaud.
Valley (11-3-2, 5-2-1) will go to Central Methodist Saturday, hoping a win there will get it into the six-team regional playoffs.
The MVC men, on the other hand, were out of contention even before their 4-1 loss to the 10th-ranked Lions, No. 2 in the region.
The Vikings got on the scoreboard first when freshman Diego Rosa connected from the top of the penalty box, but junior Marc Cadoso evened matters a second before the halftime horn sounded.
Lindenwood (15-2, 8-1) pulled ahead a minute into the second half on a shot by junior Federico Silvestri and junior Felipe Estrada provided insurance eight minutes later. Sophomore Ignacio Novas tacked on a final tally late in the match.
"We played our best half, technical and tactically," MVC head coach Vladimir Simic assessed his team's performance early in the contest. "I'm proud of how we played for most of the game."
Valley (7-8-2, 4-5) will close out its season Saturday at Hannibal-LaGrange.