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Valley to host NAIA first-round match

Monday, November 14, 2011

Heartbroken after last week's HAAC Tournament loss, the Vikings -- including freshman Bernardo Ferriz Diaz (5) and sophomore Miguel Jiminez -- get another home match in the NAIA playoffs.
(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)
The Missouri Valley College men's soccer team will play in the NAIA Championship Series for the second year in a row, despite a 1-0 semifinal loss Wednesday to visiting MidAmerica Nazarene in the Heart of America Conference Tournament.

The ninth-ranked Vikings received the fifth at-large invitation to the playoffs, and will host for the first time Saturday against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, making its third straight post-season appearance. The No. 22 Drovers (16-4) won the Sooner Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles.

Valley last played USAO in 2007, taking a 3-1 decision in the MidAmerica Nazarene Tournament. The winner of this year's contest will head to Orange Beach, Ala., to take on the survivor of the match between No. 8 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and California State-San Marcos.

The Vikings (14-2-1) -- who shared the HAAC regular season crown with Baker -- have never reached the Round of 16, having lost a 3-0 first-round tilt at No. 3 Hastings last year.

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