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No. 8 Vikings remain undefeated

Friday, September 23, 2011

The eighth-ranked Missouri Valley College men's soccer team extended its season-opening win streak to six matches Wednesday with a 3-1 non-conference home decision over William Woods.

After a scoreless first half, freshman Luca Stroeter got the Owls (5-4) on the scoreboard in the 12th minute of the second period, but Valley answered with three goals in a five-minute span. Senior Roderick Owusu-Andrews started the spree off a pass from sophomore Nicholas Alexander. Senior Pedro Franco put the Vikings ahead and then fed sophomore Miguel Jiminez for an insurance goal.

On Saturday, Valley throttled visiting Morningside (Iowa) on Gregg-Mitchell Field, 6-1, taking a 5-0 lead into halftime as senior Eduardo Da Silva and Alexander each scored twice and sophomore Carlos Suarez-Fernandez punched in a shot. Freshman Jon Najera, an all-stater from Marshall, got his first career goal midway through the second half.

The Mustangs (2-5) spoiled the shutout in the final minute of play.

The Vikings (6-0) hosts Madonna (Mich.) on Sunday.

Women's Soccer

The Valley women's soccer team lost one non-conference match on the road and tied another at home over the weekend.

The Lady Vikings fell Saturday at Park, 4-1, seniors Chelsea Shepard and Ashley Maxwell giving the home team a 2-0 halftime lead. The Lady Pirates (4-2) got two goals after the break from junior Nichole Hemmingsen.

Senior Amanda Hempelmann scored for Valley midway through the second half.

The Lady Vikings dueled Morningside (5-2-1) to a 0-0 tie the next day on their home pitch. Both teams had five shots on goal, with Hempelmann making four saves and junior Laura Guzman another for MVC.

Valley (3-2-2) hosts MidAmerica Nazarene for its Heart of America Conference opener Saturday, Oct. 1.

Tennis

WATERLOO, Iowa -- The Valley men's tennis team put four combos into the doubles finals, winning two of them, Saturday at the Ashford (Iowa) Tournament.

Senior Jason Rolle and sophomore Luiz Felipe Moura were undefeated at No. 1 doubles, as were freshman Wesley Ng and Brock Hughes at No. 2. The No. 3 pair of freshman Gilberto Machado and sophomore Daniel Velasquez and the No. 4 duo of sophomores Javano Thompson and Nathan Garrett finished second.

Moura, Rolle, Hughes, Velasquez, Garrett, Machado and Thompson were all singles finalists.

"This is shaping up to be the deepest team I have ever had," remarked MVC coach Ryan Carney. "If we can focus on the areas we need to improve, this is really going to be a great men's team."

The Lady Vikings had a couple of key players unavailable, but senior Elanqua Griffin at No. 1 and freshman Katelyn Barr at No. 4 both reached the title round. Griffin and senior Tershelle Burrows took third at No. 1 doubles.

Valley will conclude the fall campaign this weekend with the ITA Championships in Wichita, Kan.

Cross Country

The Valley cross country team is having trouble getting onto the course. Weather cancelled Saturday's Missouri Southern State Stampede at Joplin, the second event wiped out. The Vikings will try again next Friday, Sept. 30, at the Emporia State (Kan.) Invitational.



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