The 13th-ranked Missouri Valley College men's soccer team moved into a share of first place in the Heart of America Conference standings Monday with a 3-1 home win over Benedictine.
The No. 11 Ravens (9-2-2, 3-1 HAAC) hadn't lost since the season opener, an 11-match streak, and jumped in front on a goal by senior Fernando Galvan in the 21st minute. However, the Vikings took the lead before halftime on shots by junior Miguel Jiminez and freshman Alberto Agurto.
While junior goalkeeper Josh Wells stopped three shots, junior Alberto Linan Gomez added an insurance tally for Valley with eight minutes remaining.
The Vikings defense allowed only one shot on goal Tuesday, which Wells stopped for his third shutout of the season, during a 3-0 non-conference victory over Missouri Baptist (3-11).
After a scoreless first half, junior Declan Price struck in the 12th minute of the second period and set up a goal by junior Nicholas Alexander seven minutes later. With three minutes remaining, sophomore Thiago Ferreira scored on an assist by Alexander.
The Vikings (9-3-1, 3-1) look for their fifth straight win Saturday at Graceland.
The Valley women's soccer closed out a soggy Homecoming Saturday with a 1-1 tie against 25th-ranked Benedictine, which had won its previous seven matches.
The Lady Ravens (13-1-1, 3-0-1 HAAC) got on the board early on a goal by junior Ashley Washburn, but MVC evened the contest midway through the first half as freshman Haley Ennis fed sophomore Lucia Garcia-Calvo for a shot.
Benedictine had an 8-5 edge in shots on goal, but freshman Irene Sanchez came up with seven saves for the Lady Vikings.
Valley never trailed Tuesday during a 4-1 non-conference decision over visiting Missouri Baptist.
Senior Yessica Hernandez scored the first of her two goals in the seventh minute of the match, then assisted on senior Emily Lock's drive midway through the second half before connecting again four minutes later.
Junior Kayla Clark gave Valley a four-goal lead before the Lady Spartans (4-10-1) snapped the shutout with a minute remaining on a shot from junior Megan Huffman.
A trip to 15th-ranked Graceland is coming up Saturday for the Lady Vikings (8-5-1, 2-1-1).
KANSAS CITY -- The MVC women's volleyball team split two matches Saturday during the Avila Triangular.
The first one was a hard loss for Valley, which went the distance with the host Lady Eagles before falling, 18-25, 29-27, 25-14, 21-25, 15-10. Freshman Kelsey Wagner had 16 kills and senior Vanessa Hemkens added 13 for Avila (13-10).
The Lady Vikings were paced by juniors Ana Calito with 18 spikes, 18 digs and three aces. Three other players also recorded double digits in kills -- junior Jada Hollinshead (15) and sophomores Kaitlyn Kell (14) and Megan Hardin (12) -- while senior Jessica Gates came up with 19 saves and a pair of aces.
Valley bounced back with a 25-21, 26-24, 25-22 sweep of McPherson (Kan.) behind Hardin's 13 attacks and 14 digs each for Calito and Gates. The Lady Bulldogs (7-22) got 12 kills from freshman Aubrey Hoover.
Junior Tarrah Sweet provided 81 assists during the two matches for the Lady Vikings (10-11), who play in the Central Christian-Haskell (Kan.) Quad this weekend.
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Two members of the Valley cross country team earned Heart of America Conference men's and women's "runner of the week" awards for their performances in the Fast Cats Classic at Owensboro, Ky.
Junior Alex Avilez (26:49.10) placed 18th among 86 entries in the men's field, the Vikings coming in third in the team standings as juniors Matt Leonard (27:10.70) and Chase Burgess (27:40.60) both finishing in the top 25.
Junior Amanda Buhr (20:18.20) was 35th among 76 runners in the women's race, with senior Rachel Gonzalez (20:24.10) of Slater close behind in 38th place. The Lady Vikings were fourth as a team.
Valley will be in Lamoni, Iowa, on Saturday for the Graceland Yellowjacket Classic.