After opening the season with seven straight wins, the Missouri Valley College men's soccer team was bumped off Wednesday by former Heart of America Conference rival Lindenwood.
Sophomore Craig McTear found the net midway through the second half as the Lions, now a member of NCAA Division II, took a 2-1 decision at Gregg-Mitchell Field. The Vikings had chances to tie the match, but sophomore Carlos Fernandez Suarez clanged a shot off the goal post and freshman goalkeeper Franc Sanz stopped an attempt by sophomore Nicholas Alexander with four minutes remaining.
Freshman Ivan Romero put Lindenwood (4-6) on the board six minutes into the second half, but senior Eduardo Da Silva tied the match 10 minutes later.
On Sunday, Valley out-shot visiting Madonna (Mich.) by a 15-2 margin, but only connected once -- in overtime for a 1-0 non-conference win. Both shots by the Crusaders (3-4-1) were stopped by senior Adrian Borras. The Vikings unloaded three shots during the three minutes of the extra period, sophomore Miguel Jiminez getting the "golden goal."
Eighth-ranked Valley (7-1) opens its HAAC campaign Saturday by entertaining MidAmerica Nazarene.
WICHITA, Kan. -- The Valley tennis team claimed one gold medal and a pair of silvers Saturday during the ITA Championships at Wichita, Kan.
All-America senior Elanqua Griffin reached the finals of the women's Championship Division singles, but after experiencing severe leg cramps during her three-hour semifinal win the previous day wasn't able to keep up with Graceland freshman Tatiana Varela during the 7-5, 6-3 final.
Due to her injury, Griffin and senior teammate Tershelle Burrows had to withdraw from doubles after reaching the quarterfinal round. Freshman Katelynn Barr took first place in the B singles flight.
The Vikings had two men play deep into the Championship singles bracket, freshman Wesley Ng reaching the semifinals before dropping a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 decision to Nebraska Wesleyan's Nate Hoppe. Sophomore Luiz Felipe Mora won his first two matches before being eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Moura and senior Jason Rolle got to the semifinals in Championship doubles before being beaten by the eventual champions, while Ng and freshman Brock Hughes got to the quarterfinal round. Sophomore Nathan Garrett won the B division title.
The meet concluded Valley's fall season, but MVC coach Ryan Carney is looking forward to heading into the spring with "two excellent teams shaping up."
The MVC women's volleyball team got its first Heart of America Conference win of the season Saturday with a home sweep of Avila, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19.
Senior Dustina Bitten was one of four Lady Vikings with double-digit kills, knocking down 15 shots, the team having a .339 attack percentage against the Lady Eagles (10-9, 1-2 HAAC).
Things didn't go as well on the league road for Valley. Junior Megan Hayes recorded 11 spikes Tuesday during a 25-20, 25-14, 25-18 win at MidAmerica Nazarene (14-5, 3-0) and Graceland (12-6, 4-1) got five aces from sophomore Denise Atualevo during a 25-15, 25-16, 25-10 win.
Bitten had 10 kills and two aces against the Lady Pioneers, but the Lady Vikings had 10 shots blocked by GU.
Valley (8-8, 1-4) will be back in action Saturday at Peru State.