Both the sixth-ranked Missouri Valley College and No. 2 Baker men's soccer teams were fighting for the Heart of America Conference title when they met Tuesday at Gregg-Mitchell Field.
After 110 minutes, the two teams ended up sharing it, playing to a 2-2 draw.
Valley took a 2-1 halftime lead during a flurry of three goals in less than four minutes, scoring first when senior David Flores' shot went off a Wildcat defender and across the goal line. Junior Donny George tied it 28 seconds later, but the Vikings went back in front when sophomore Alberto Linan Gonzalez set up a shot by freshman Seyed Amododin.
The Wildcats (16-0-1, 6-0-1 HAAC) deadlocked the match midway through the second half when senior Sean McAlister connected. Because Valley enjoyed a one-goal advantage over BU in scoring margin during league games, it received the top seed for the HAAC Tournament and will play at home throughout.
The Vikings' 3-1 victory Saturday at Avila helped secure that edge. The Eagles (7-11, 1-6) got on the board first on freshman Justin Scicluna scored in the seventh minute, but senior Eduardo Da Silva found the net twice and Amododin provided an insurance goal with nine minutes remaining.
Senior Adria Borras made three saves to earn the league's "goalkeeper of the week" award.
Valley (14-1-1, 6-0-1) will host the winner of Monday's first-round match, MidAmerica Nazarene at Graceland, in the tourney semifinal Wednesday.
The Valley women's soccer team wrapped up a spot in the HAAC playoffs Saturday with a 3-0 victory at Avila.
Sophomore Breann Kinworthy scored twice, both off feeds from junior Yessica Hernandez, and senior Amanda Hempelmann also connected for the Lady Vikings. While the Lady Eagles (12-2-4, 2-2-3 HAAC) launched six shots on goal, sophomore Nicole Goad stopped them all for her fourth shutout of the season.
Both Kinworthy and Goad were recognized as HAAC "players of the week."
Valley could have jumped into the No. 3 seed for the tourney Saturday when it hosted No. 21 Baker, but sustained a 2-0 loss as senior Maggie Dupes came up with three saves for her second shutout. Senior Ashley Ukena and freshman Alexa Fryer connected for the Lady Wildcats (11-3-1, 5-1-1), which tied Graceland for the league championship.
The Lady Vikings (8-6-3, 4-3) will begin the playoffs Tuesday at home with a rematch against Avila.
CANTON -- The MVC women's volleyball team closed the regular season Tuesday with a come-from-behind 22-25, 24-26, 27-25, 25-19, 15-13 Heart of America Conference decision at Culver-Stockton.
Senior Dustina Bitten had 17 kills, 17 digs and six block assists and freshman Megan Hardin knocked down 15 shots and go in on five blocks to pace the Lady Vikings. Sophomore Jacklyn Strouse and senior Deandre Bockhold combined for 25 spikes for the Lady Wildcats (7-27, 1-8 HAAC).
Valley (16-12, 3-6) finished seventh in the league standings and will open the HAAC Tournament with a quarterfinal match Saturday at MidAmerica Nazarene.
The Valley men's wrestling team collected nearly 1,500 items for the Kans 4 Kids food drive by trick-or-treating on Halloween, which it donated to the Marshall school district to aid needy families.
"We were very happy with the results of their can drive," remarked MVC head coach Mike Machholz, whose team collected 500 more cans during its third year of involvement than during the previous year. "The weather was great and the guys really had fun.
"As we continue with this event we hope to grow and possibly expand to a drop-off in addition to door-to-door collection," he added.
The Vikings will begin their mat season Nov. 13 at the University of Central Missouri Open.