No. 2 Vikings shut out two foes

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Senior Alex Cordon and the Vikings held Southwestern Christian to only one shot on goal while posting their third straight shutout victory. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

The second-ranked Missouri Valley College men's soccer team has shut out all three opponents it has played this season, two of them last in the week.

A clean sheet was certainly needed Friday during the Vikings' 1-0 decision over No. 7 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) at Fayette, and freshman goalkeeper Andrej Vidali delivered by making four saves -- all in the first half. Valley scored in the 24th minute as junior Dominic Newton stuck back a rebound of his own shot from six yards out -- the team's only two on-target shots of the match.

The Vikings got a break when Salvador Nunez's shot in the fourth minute of the second half hit the crossbar. The Wolves (1-1) didn't have a shot on goal during the second half.

After grinding out that win Valley enjoyed a 9-0 romp at home Monday against Southwestern Christian (Okla.), getting goals from eight players. The deluge began in the second minute, when sophomore Marko Stosic stole the ball at the top of the box and rifled a shot into the lower left corner of the goal.

Newton converted a crossing pass from senior Alex Cordon, a fellow All-American, with a shot that nicked the Eagles' 'keeper in the ninth minute. The Vikings added three more goals during the first half, including back-to-back scores by senior Sergio Toro Garcia, both assisted by freshman Tom Preston. Senior James McLaren closed the period with a penalty kick.

The pace slowed during the second half, with Valley resuming the assault in the 18th minute when freshman Ulisses Santana connected off a feed from sophomore Conor Taylor. Crossing passes into the crease -- provided by Santana and Taylor -- resulted on goals for sophomore Julio Otto and freshman Juri Schlinmann. Junior Sam Brown closed the scoring with three minutes remaining on a shot assisted by Otto.

The best chance for the Eagles (0-2) came early in the second half, but Vidali turned away sophomore Damnjan Kojic's attempt.

The Vikings (3-0) will be home Friday for a meeting with Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.).

Women's Soccer

The Valley women's soccer team remains undefeated after four matches after beating William Woods by a 2-1 margin Tuesday and playing 17th-ranked Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) to a 1-1 draw Friday at Fayette.

The Lady Vikings took a 1-0 lead 18 minutes into the first match when junior Emily Rodriguez scored off a pass from junior Valentina Rodriguez Cardoso.

A three-touch combination produced an equalizer goal for Owls freshman Savannah Smith with 52 seconds remaining in regulation time, but Valley immediately went on the attack. Freshman Tatiana Silva got off a shot in 14 seconds, saved by freshman Michyla Handley for William Woods (0-2).

Sophomore Keit Garibay got possession for the Lady Vikings and send a "through" ball ahead to Cardoso, who got the match-winning goal with three seconds left.

Valley's contest against Cardinal Stritch (1-0-1) went to double overtime after sophomore Carolina Branas Soria chipped a shot over the head of freshman goalie Marina Barneda Massaguer with six minutes remaining in the second half.

The Lady Vikings had taken the lead 14 minutes earlier when junior Paula Inclan fired a second-chance shot past junior Maria Amenieros. Valley held a 5-4 edge on shots on goals for the match.

Valley (3-0-1) hosts Missouri Baptist on Tuesday.

Women's Volleyball

BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- The MVC women's volleyball team came close to its first win of the season Monday, Aug. 28, but dropped a 25-18, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 15-13 contest at Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.).

The Lady Vikings held one-point leads late in both the fourth and fifth games, but each time the Lynx (1-3) rallied with three straight points -- winning on a kill by senior Diana Shamroski, who had a match-high 22 spikes to pace her team's first victory.

Valley got 12 kills from senior Madison Kisner, with senior Kirsten Boatman adding 18 digs and four aces. The Lady Vikings play Wednesday at second-ranked Columbia.

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