The defense did it's job, so did the goalkeeper, but the Missouri Valley College women's soccer team couldn't buy a goal Tuesday on Gregg-Mitchell Field.
So it was that the Lady Vikings' Heart of America Conference Tournament first-round match against Avila finished scoreless after 110 minutes. That brought the decision down to a shoot-out, with the Lady Eagles making five of five attempts - while Valley missed one - to advance to the semifinal round.
The Vikings had blanked Avila on its home pitch fewer than two weeks earlier, 3-0, as sophomore Nicole Goad made six saves for her third shutout of the season. That helped give Valley fourth place in the league standings and a tournament match at home.
Although they out-shot the visitors, 24-6, the Lady Vikings only put six on the net - three in the second half and two more in the second overtime period - but sophomore 'keeper Stephanie Gartner was up to the challenge.
Avila had no on-target shots, until the tiebreaker series. Sophomore Breanna Kinworthy let loose six attempts, with freshman Kendra Clamors and senior Amanda Hempelmann each adding four more for Valley (8-7-3). Kinworthy and senior Ariel Cantrell both had two shots on goal.
The Lady Eagles (13-2-4) will play Thursday at HAAC champion Baker, ranked 21st in the NAIA poll. In the other semifinal, second-seeded Graceland will entertain Benedictine, which won its tilt at Central Methodist, 1-0.