No. 18 Vikings open with road win
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Missouri Valley College men's soccer team, ranked 18th in the NAIA pre-season rankings, began its campaign Saturday with a 2-1 decision over Wayland Baptist (Texas) at Kansas City, Kan.
With under nine minutes remaining, senior Nicholas Alexander scored the winning goal for the Vikings.
Junior Bernardo Diaz set up a shot into the net by senior Carlos Berastain in the 30th minute of the first half to put Valley in front and the Pioneers -- who also received votes in the NAIA poll -- went into the break stymied by senior goalkeeper Josh Wells, who had seven saves during the period.
Wayland Baptist evened the match midway through the second half on a goal by junior Travis Sumersall and the teams remained deadlock for the next 14 minutes.
Junior Melquides Mora got the ball to Alexander, whose 25-yard blast hit the bottom of the crossbar and caromed across the goal line.
Junior John-Ramses Thomas had two saves for the Pioneers (0-1-1), who had tied No. 4 MidAmerica Nazarene, 1-1, two days earlier. Wayland held a 20-18 edge in total shots over Valley, which got eight saves from Wells.
The Vikings (1-0) will play their home opener Wednesday against NCAA Division II member Quincy (Ill.) at Gregg-Mitchell Field.
The Valley women's soccer team kicked off its 2013 campaign on the road with two matches over the weekend, neither one resulting in a win.
The Lady Vikings opened with a 2-2 double-overtime tie Friday at Bellevue (Neb.), which was 29th in points in the NAIA pre-season poll. Valley got two early goals from sophomore Haley Ennis, off a corner kick by senior Briann Kinworthy and on a feed from freshman Lais Pazzini 10 minutes later.
However, the Lady Vikings got to savor their 2-0 for less than five minutes, as junior Mercy Darkoah notched the first of her game-tying two goals before halftime.
Neither team was able to end the stalemate in the second half or two overtimes periods, sophomore Irene Sanchez making six saves for Valley and senior Caitlin Stier making seven saves for the Lady Bruins (0-1-1).
The next day at Grand View (Iowa), a pair of unanswered goals handed the Lady Vikings a 3-1 defeat.
Grand View took the lead in the 12th minute on sophomore Nicole Pirie's shot, but an "own" goal sent the teams into halftime tied, 1-1.
Pirie struck again four minutes into the second frame to put Grand View (1-1) in front, with an insurance goal coming from freshman Taylor Hoffman with 15 minutes remaining.
Valley was out-shot by a 16-10 margin, with junior Lucia Martin Garcia-Calva leading the club with three attempts.
The Lady Vikings (0-1-1) will take on Bethel (Tenn.) for their home opener Thursday.