The sixth-ranked Missouri Valley College men's soccer team was pushed to two overtimes Saturday before notching a 1-0 Heart of America Conference decision over Homecoming guest Graceland.
Despite a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal through 100 minutes, the Vikings couldn't get one past sophomore goalkeeper Christian Quintanilla. Sophomore Alberto Linan Gonzalez finally connected for the "golden goal."
Senior Adrian Borras made four saves for his sixth shutout of the season for Valley. Even with the loss, the Yellowjackets (9-4-2, 3-2 HAAC) jumped into the NAIA rankings this week at No. 25.
Sophomore Nicholas Alexander unloaded six shots for the Vikings (13-1, 5-0), who play Saturday at Avila.
Graceland moved into a first-place tie in the Heart of America Conference women's soccer standings Saturday with a 2-0 victory at Missouri Valley.
Junior Gisela Arrieta scored in the first half and senior Karina Vega found the net in the second for the Lady Yellowjackets (7-5-3, 3-1 HAAC), who got five saves from Stefany Cardozo for her third career shutout.
The Lady Vikings were within a minute of claiming a non-conference home win Tuesday against former league rival Lindenwood (8-5-3), but sophomore Bailey Cody scored with 52 seconds remaining in regulation and the teams wound up with a 1-1 tie through two overtimes.
Sophomore Breann Kinworthy scored four minutes into the match, but Valley was unable to add on to it. The Lady Vikings got off three shots during the first OT period.
Valley (7-5-3, 3-2) has a pivotal match Saturday at once-beaten Avila.
The Valley women's volleyball team split four non-conference matches over the past week.
The Lady Vikings followed a 25-13, 25-15, 25-16 loss Friday at 18th-ranked Missouri Baptist with a sweep Saturday in the Westminster Triangular.
Freshman Chalcey Polson had nine kills and freshman Kaitlin Kell recorded 14 digs and five aces to beat Rust (Miss.), 25-15, 25-19, 25-13. Valley defeated the host Lady Jays 27-25, 25-23, 25-21, behind a combined 21 kills from senior Dustina Bitten and freshman Megan Hardin, with junior Jessica Gates one of four players with double digits in saves with 19.
The Lady Vikings had won its three previous five-set decisions before Tuesday's 25-17, 15-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-10 loss at Park. Bitten knocked down 21 shots, Hardin and senior Camille Rand each had 12 kills and sophomore Diane Dellasala pulled up 27 attacks for Valley.
The Lady Vikings (15-12) close out the regular season Tuesday with a Heart of America Conference tilt at Culver-Stockton.
OTTAWA, Kan. -- The MVC men's and women's cross country teams both placed second Friday at the Ottawa (Kan.) Invitational.
The Lady Vikings were nipped by Benedictine, 49 to 50 points, with three runners in the top 10. Sophomore Amanda Buhr (20:46) came in fourth, followed by freshman Sarah Niemeier (21:11) in sixth and junior Rachel Gonzalez (21:57) of Slater 10th.
The Valley men also had three top-10 performances: junior Matt Leonard (28:26) sixth, senior Kyland Sims (28:50) eighth and sophomore Ignacio Franco (29:06) 10th. Ottawa finished ahead of the Vikings, 37 to 52 points.
Valley will compete in the Heart of America Conference Championships at Fayette on Nov. 5.