The 14th-ranked Missouri Valley College men's soccer program opened the season Thursday with a 2-1 non-conference decision over Rogers State (Okla.) at Gregg-Mitchell Field.
The Vikings are coming off their first trip to the NAIA Championships, where they were blanked 3-0 by Hastings (Neb.) in the opening round.
All the scoring was done within a three-minute stretch of the first half, senior Eduardo Da Silva getting Valley on the board off a feed from senior Pedro Franco in the 23rd minute. The Hillcats (1-1) answered 67 seconds later on a shot by sophomore Mohammed Shaban.
It didn't take but 80 seconds for the Vikings to go back in front, senior David Flores setting up an attack by newcomer Alberto Linan Gomez.
Other than the goal allowed, Valley's defense didn't allow an on-target shot -- and only five attempts overall, while getting off a dozen tries.
The Vikings (1-0) will at home Sunday to take on non-conference foe Ashford (Iowa).
A pair of second-half goals by sophomore Breann Kinworthy gave the Valley women's soccer team a 3-2 non-conference victory in its season opener Saturday at Ashford (Iowa).
Kinworthy gave the Lady Vikings the lead with a goal off the left post in the 10th minute of the match, but junior Chelsea Fisher tied it before halftime and the Saints (0-1) took the lead 10 minutes into the second half on a shot by junior Michelle Safatle.
Sophomore Henny Yngve set up the tying score five minutes later and junior Yessica Hernandez assisted as Kinworthy got the hat trick with the go-ahead goal midway through the period.
Valley followed that up with a 1-1 tie against Rogers State (Okla.) in its home opener Thursday.
After freshman Jordan Beasley put the Lady Hillcats (1-0-1) in front 20 seconds into the second half, MVC came back with a goal from Yngve -- on an assist by Kinworthy -- midway through the period.
The Lady Vikings held a 17-6 advantage in total shots and 10-2 edge in shots on goal, but Rogers State sophomore Chelsea McMullen came up with nine stops.
Valley (1-0-1) will be on the road Sunday at No. 14 Oklahoma City.
The Lady Vikings began their season last weekend by splitting four matches at the Mount Mercy (Iowa) Tournament.
Freshman Megan Hardin had eight kills as MVC swept the opener from Waldorf (Iowa), 25-17, 25-12, 25-21, but despite senior Dustina Bitten knocking down 10 shots and pulling up 12 opposing attack, Friday closed with a 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23 loss to William Penn (Iowa).
After host Mount Mercy blanked the Lady Vikings, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, in Saturday's opener, they came back to beat Iowa Wesleyan, 25-17, 26-24, 25-18, behind Bitten's 14 kills and 21 digs from junior Jessica Gates.
Valley kept the roll going Tuesday with its home debut, a 25-18, 26-24, 25-15 non-conference win over Stephens. Bitten had 13 kills and sophomore Diane DellaSala made 21 saves.
The Lady Vikings (3-2) will be in Elgin, Ill., this weekend for the Judson Tournament.