In what was billed as the NAIA "Game of the Week," the ninth-ranked Missouri Valley College men's soccer team notched a 4-1 Heart of America Conference victory Saturday at No. 12 Benedictine.
Senior Eduardo Da Silva assisted a goal by sophomore Miguel Jiminez and scored two of his own to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead midway through the second half. The Ravens (11-1, 2-1 HAAC) got on the board in the 33rd minute of the second period on a shot by freshman Guillermo Gomes, but sophomore Alberto Linan Gomez struck back five minutes later off a pass from senior Roderick Owusu-Andrews.
Sophomore Josh Wells came up with four saves Tuesday for his first shutout of the season during Valley's 6-0 win Tuesday at Central Methodist (7-4, 1-2).
Da Silva and Linan Gomez were among six different players to score for the Vikings (10-1, 3-0), who had an 11-4 advantage in shots on goal. Da Silva leads the team with 10 goals.
Valley, which moved up to No. 8 in the rankings, plays Saturday at Culver-Stockton and hosts Spalding (Ky.) on Sunday.
The Valley women's soccer team split two Heart of America Conference matches this past week.
Junior Yessica Hernandez assisted two goals and scored the Lady Vikings' third of the first half Saturday to win at Benedictine (9-3-2, 1-2 HAAC), 3-0. Senior Amanda Hempelmann and sophomore Breann Kinworthy also connected for Valley, while sophomore Nicole Goad stopped 12 shots for the shutout.
Six saves by sophomore Meredith Brick allowed Central Methodist to hold on to a 1-0 HAAC home decision Tuesday against Valley. Sophomore Jen McIntyre gave the league-leading Lady Eagles (13-0-1, 3-0) the winning goal with 14 minutes left in the match.
The Lady Vikings (5-4-2, 2-1) head to Culver-Stockton on Saturday and will return home Sunday to face Spalding.
The Valley women's volleyball team has put together its second three-match win streak of the season.
Senior Dustina Bitten recorded 16 kills and junior Jessica Gates and sophomore Diane Dellasala combined for 53 digs Friday during the Lady Vikings' 22-25, 25-14, 26-24, 22-25, 15-10 non-conference home win over William Woods (10-13).
Valley followed that up Monday with a 25-18, 25-13, 25-16 Heart of America Conference sweep at Central Methodist (5-15, 1-6 HAAC). Bitten had 15 kills and senior Camille Rand knocked down 13 shots for the second match in a row.
The Lady Vikings dropped in 11 aces Thursday for a 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 22-25, 15-8 win at Stephens, their second victory of the season over the Stars (8-15).
Valley (11-9, 2-5) will be in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday for a triangular with St. Mary's and host Haskell.