MVC Men's Soccer Defeated By Hastings in National TournamentPosted December 4, 2013
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MVC MEN’S SOCCER DEFEATED BY HASTINGS IN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Marshall, Mo. (December 3, 2013)- The No. 20 Missouri Valley College men’s soccer team played No. 14 Hastings (Neb.) College in the second round of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Tournament in Montgomery, Ala. The Vikings were defeated 3-2, thanks to a last second goal by the Broncos.
Missouri Valley got out to an early lead thanks a goal by Senior Midfielder Miguel Jimenez (Madrid, Spain) off a free kick from Senior Defender Bernardo Ferriz Diaz (Cadiz, Spain). The goal came less than eight minutes into the match to give MVC the 1-0 lead. The Vikings had four other shots, including one more on goal, but were not able to extend their lead throughout the rest of the first half. Hastings had just one shot on goal, saved by Senior Keeper Josh Wells (Kent, England), and the game went into the halftime break with MVC holding on to a 1-0 lead.
To start the second half, both teams had early chances, but Hastings was able to get the equalizing goal just 11-minutes after the restart. The Vikings responded with two quick shots on goal following the game being tied up, but Hastings was able to take its first lead midway just minutes after tying the game. At the 61-minute mark, the Broncos put MVC into a 2-1 deficit. The Vikings trailed through the rest of the second half, but the three minute mark. Sophomore Midfielder Raul Beneit (Cadiz, Spain) was able to deflect a cross past the Hastings’ keeper and tie the match up once again, this time at 2-2. The match appeared like it was heading to overtime, but Hastings had one final chance on goal, which they capitalized one. The Broncos scored with just 10-seconds remaining in the match to defeat the Vikings 3-2.
Jimenez scored his sixth goal and collected point No. 15 of the season. Beneit scored his second goal of the season for MVC.
The loss ends MVC’s season at 13-5-4 while Hastings improves to 20-3-0 on the season. The Vikings finished the 2013 season picking up the program’s first-ever NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Tournament victory, and advancing the furthest in the tournament in program history.
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