The Missouri Valley College women's soccer team got off a surprising start during its Aug. 22 opener at Baldwin City, Kan.
The unranked Lady Vikings upset No. 9 Westmont (Calif.), 1-0, a day after the Lady Warriors played sixth-rated Baker to a 2-2 draw. The match was decided on a penalty kick, junior forward Breann Kinworthy knocking in the freebie in the 31st minute of the first half.
Although Westmont (0-1-1) enjoyed a 15-9 advantage in total shots, junior goalkeeper Erikka Diarte making her first career start for MVC after transferring from San Joaquin Delta College (Calif.), came up with seven saves for the shutout.
Valley's home opener Saturday didn't go so well, a 3-1 loss to Ashford (Iowa). Kinworthy got the Lady Vikings on the board first, in the 32nd minute of the first half, but the visitors scored three times after the break.
Two of those, by juniors Chamea Palmer and Hollie Babut, came within 25-second span in the fifth minute. Babut added an insurance goal for the Saints (1-0) midway through the half.
Kinworthy tallied two of Valley's three first-half goals Wednesday during a 6-1 home win over William Woods. Senior Maya Natori got the other one.
Senior Yessica Hernandez connected twice after intermission, with sophomore Thania Segura also scoring. The only goal for the Lady Owls (0-1) was by freshman Jordan McNamara, but that only reduced the margin to 4-1 at the time.
The Lady Vikings (2-1) will be at home Tuesday to face Texas-Brownsville.
FULTON -- The 10th-ranked Valley men's soccer team got its season under way Wednesday with a 4-2 non-conference victory at William Woods.
The teams traded goals during the middle of the first half, the Owls striking first on a shot by junior Kyle Konigsberg and MVC answering with a boot from sophomore Thiago Ferreira. Senior Matt Steiner found the net for Williams Woods (0-1) with under four minutes remaining in the period.
Although the Vikings were out-shot during the second half, 6-4, three of their attempts found twine. Junior Fellipe Vurraro tied the contest in the 16th minute and junior Miguel Jiminez gave Valley the lead 12 minutes later.
Ferreira's second goal, coming with less than 10 minutes left, provided some breathing room for the Vikings.
Next up for Valley is a contest Saturday at Ashford (Iowa).
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The MVC women's volleyball team began its campaign last weekend by splitting four games in the Lady Mustang Invitational at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Lady Vikings opened Friday by twice coming back to beat William Penn (Iowa), 19-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-20, 15-10, behind 18 kills from junior Ana Calito.
Valley wasn't able to crack the defense of Ashford (Iowa) during a 25-23, 17-25, 25-20, 25-22 loss later in the day, posting a .131 attack percentage. The Saints (1-1) were sparked by sophomore Karrah Toby's 44 digs, although Calito still knocked down 17 shots.
The Lady Vikings were more balanced on offense Saturday during a 25-13, 25-10, 25-11 sweep of AIB College of Business (Iowa). Junior Jada Hollinshead led Valley with nine kills, while junior Claire Lorenz dropped three aces on the Lady Eagles (0-4).
Closing the meet for Valley was another five-set match against host Mount Mercy. Senior Brittney Thomas had 22 spikes and 16 digs as the Lady Mustangs (3-1) came out on top, 25-20, 20-25, 25-22, 12-25, 15-12.
Hollinshead and Calito each made good on 12 shots, with junior Courtney Wallace adding 10. During the tournament, the Lady Vikings (2-2) got 10 blocks from Hollinshead, 72 digs by junior Diane Dellasalla and 147 of their 158 assists from junior Tarrah Sweet.
Valley will play Saturday in the Fontbonne Triangular at St. Louis.