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Ninth-ranked Columbia nips No. 11 Vikings

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sophomore Liam Cain snapped a 1-1 stalemate with a goal in the 69th minute Wednesday to give No. 9 Columbia a 2-1 non-conference home decision over the 11th-ranked Missouri Valley College men's soccer team.

The Vikings had gotten on the scoreboard nine minutes into the contest when junior Nicholas Alexander converted a feed from junior Fellipe Vurraro. Two minutes later, junior Rafael Ramos headed in a corner kick from senior Andres Acosta to tie the match.

Cain struck from 10 yards out for the Cougars (4-0-1), who did not allow a shot on goal after Valley's early tally and out-shot the visitors by a 12-2 margin.

On Saturday, the Vikings went up by two goals early and didn't allow Mid-Continent (Ky.) to catch up during a 5-2 non-conference home decision.

Junior Alberto Linan Gonzalez and sophomore Tiago Ferreira gave Valley a two-goal lead by 15 minutes into the match. After the Cougars (1-2) cut the margin in half on a goal by senior Mervyn Hazelwood, junior Bruno Campos and Ferreira -- using a bicycle kick -- answered in the final eight minutes of the period for a 4-1 lead.

Junior Declan Price capped the scoring with a steal midway through the second half for the Vikings (2-2-1), who host Park on Saturday.

Women's Soccer

COLUMBIA -- The Valley women's soccer team survived an 11-6 shooting deficit Wednesday to notch a 1-0 non-conference win at Columbia (2-3).

Junior Erika Diarte kept the Lady Vikings in contention with three saves for her third shutout of the season. Valley took the lead on senior Emily Lock's goal in the 63rd minute.

The Lady Vikings (4-1) take a three-match win streak into Saturday's home contest with Park.

Women's Volleyball

The Valley women's volleyball team was swept Tuesday at Heart of America Conference foe MidAmerica Nazarene, 25-18, 25-16, 25-18, for its third straight loss.

Seniors Molly Brewster and Megan Hayes each had 10 kills to pace the Lady Pioneers (7-3, 1-0 HAAC), who are one spot away from cracking the NAIA Top 25 poll. The Lady Vikings (4-6, 1-2) got 11 spikes from junior Ana Calito.

On Saturday, Valley dropped both of its matches in the Evangel Triangular. Senior Kaley Lyons, a two-time HAAC "player of the week" this season, led the Lady Crusaders (7-4) to a 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22 decision by knocking down 15 shots.

Calito had a match-high 19 kills and came up with 25 digs for the Lady Vikings, who also got 43 assists and 18 saves from junior Tarrah Sweet.

Tabor (Kan.) notched another four-set victory over Valley, 25-18, 25-18, 25-27, 25-22. Junior Kalle Vogts topped the Lady Jays (5-2) with 13 kills and junior Hollister Wolf assisted 34 of the team's 44 attacks.

Junior Courtney Wallace and Jada Hollinshead combined for 21 of the 44 spikes for the Lady Vikings, who were limited to a .077 attack percentage.

Valley will take part in the Kansas Wesleyan Tournament, starting Sept. 21 at Salina, Kan.

Cross Country

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- After being rained out of its first scheduled meet a week earlier, the MVC cross country team hit the course Saturday in the Walt Crawford Open at Eastern Illinois University.

The Vikings tallied 211 points to finish eight in the 12-team event. Leading the squad were junior Alex Avilez (27:22.85) in 39th place and junior Matt Leonard (27:35.34) among a field of 127 entries.

Valley didn't have a full women's team, but senior Rachel Gonzalez (20:12.00) came in 48th out of 115 runners.

Southern Illinois (28 points) took the men's title, while the host Lady Panthers (24) claimed the women's crown.

Valley will next compete in the Loyola Invitational, Sept. 29 at Chicago.

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