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Vikings No. 10 in NAIA poll

Friday, August 17, 2012

All-conference junior forward Alberto Linan Gomez and his Valley teammates hope this season ends with their third straight appearance in the NAIA playoffs.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
The Missouri Valley College men's soccer team is ranked 10th in the NAIA pre-season poll released Tuesday.

The Vikings are coming off a 14-3-1 campaign in which they tied with Baker for the Heart of America Conference title at 6-0-1 and reached the NAIA Championship Series for the second year in a row. They lost their first-round match at Gregg-Mitchell Field, 2-0, to the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma.

Valley was led a year ago by senior forward Eduardo Da Silva, a second-team all-American due to a 17-goal campaign, and all-America senior defender David Flores.

Among the top returning players for the Vikings are honorable mention all-American junior midfielder Miguel Jiminez of Madrid, Spain -- who had six goals and four assists a year ago -- and all-HAAC first-team junior forward Alberto Linan Gomez of Seville, Spain, coming off a nine-goal, eight-assist performance.

Entering his 10th season, head coach Vladimir Simic has built a program which is becoming a consistent contender in the league. Valley is second in the HAAC pre-season rankings to Baker, which is No. 2 in the NAIA poll.

The Vikings, who finished last season at No. 13, make their 2012 debut Aug. 25 with a non-conference contest at Quincy (Ill.).

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