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No. 9 Vikings win HAAC opener

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Missouri Valley College men's soccer team bounced back quickly from its first loss of the season with a 1-0 home win Saturday in its Heart of America Conference opener against MidAmerica Nazarene.

Scoreless for the first 32 minutes, the ninth-ranked Vikings broke through when freshman Seyed Amododin finished a pass from sophomore Miguel Jiminez for his second goal of the season.

The Pioneers (7-4-1, 0-1 HAAC) got off three shots on goal during the second half, but the defense stopped one of them and senior goalkeeper Adria Borras saved the other two for his fourth shutout.

Valley (8-1, 1-0) had an 18-3 advantage in total shots, including 13-3 in on-target attacks.

The Vikings will head to Atchison, Kan., for a league match Saturday against Benedictine.

Women's Soccer

The Valley women's soccer team tallied twice during the second half Saturday to beat visiting MidAmerica Nazarene, 3-1, in its HAAC debut.

Sophomore Breann Kinworthy got the Lady Vikings on the board late in the first half, but freshman Misty Olsen connected in the second minute of the second period to tie the contest.

Kinworthy missed a go-ahead try a few minutes later, but it only took a few more seconds for senior Amanda Hempelmann to set up junior Yessica Hernandez, who had assisted Valley's first goal. Kinworthy fed senior Ariel Cantrell midway through the half for an insurance tally.

The Lady Pioneers (4-6-1, 0-1) had five shots on goal, four of them blocked by sophomore Nicole Goad.

The Lady Vikings lost at home for the first time this season Monday during a 1-0 non-conference match against McKendree (Ill.). Freshman Madalan O'Leary connected in the 22nd minute of the first half for the Lady Bearcats (6-6).

Valley (4-3-2, 1-0) returns to league play Saturday at Benedictine.

Women's Volleyball

PERU, Neb. -- The MVC women's volleyball team suffered its third straight three-set loss in Heart of America Conference play Saturday at Peru State (Neb.), 25-20, 25-16, 25-15.

Senior Maddy Lister had 12 kills and junior Emily Maresh came up with 12 digs and served three aces to pace the Lady Bobcats (4-13, 1-3 HAAC).

Senior Nicole Search knocked down six shots for the Lady Vikings, who were limited to a .053 attack percentage. Junior Jessica Gates came up with 16 saves and freshman Megan Hardin dropped in a pair of aces.

Valley (8-9, 1-5) will be at home Friday for a non-conference match against William Woods.

Cross Country

EMPORIA, Kan. -- After two rained-out events, the Valley cross country team finally got onto the course Saturday during the Planet Sub Invitational at Emporia State (Kan.).

The Vikings placed 17th among 22 men's squads, junior Matt Leonard (27:43.29) finishing 73rd in a field of 218 runners. Sophomore Ignacio Franco (28:18.07) came in 103rd.

Valley didn't field a full women's team, sophomore Rachel Gonzalez (21:32.81) of Slater pacing them with a 96th-place showing among 176 entries.

Also of note was the performance of former Marshall standout Madison Marshman (19:48.50), a Northwest Missouri State grad running unattached, who came in 34th. The Bearcats took both the men's and women's titles.

Valley will compete Saturday at Haskell (Kan.).

Women's Wrestling

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A split team of Lady Vikings opened the women's wrestling season Sunday by winning two of six duals at Oklahoma City.

The Purple squad beat Wayland Baptist (Texas), 22-20, behind pins by Brittany Heatherly (109 pounds), Shona Colbert (116) and Summer Sistad (130). The Lady Pioneers claimed a 46-3 victory over MVC Orange, whose lone win was a decision by Jenny Torres (109).

The Stars downed the Purple, 38-6, with Valley wins coming from Heatherly and Brittany Jones (170), and the Orange, 46-2. The Purple defeated the OCU Black squad, 25-19, as Heatherly and Danielle Curtis (143) winning by fall, but that same Stars unit downed the Orange, 31-13, with Torres getting the Lady Vikings' lone win on the mat.

Next up for Valley will be a triangular Oct. 16 at Bristol, Tenn., against host King's College and Cumberlands (Ky.).

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