Viking Women's Soccer Open Season with Draw at Ottawa SaturdayPosted August 30, 2014
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Marshall, Mo. (August 30, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College women’s soccer team travelled to Ottawa (Kan.) University to open its 2014 season Saturday evening. Both teams entered the match in the “others receiving votes” category of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Preseason Top 25 Poll. An early second half goal helped MVC to a 1-1 draw.
Both teams had chances to take control of the match early in the first half. Both Junior Defender Michelle Plowman (Barrie, Ontario) and Senior Forward Andrea Garcia (Toledo, Spain) blocked Ottawa attempts on goal in the first 12 minutes. MVC responded with 28-minutes to play in the half with two shots that sailed wide, from Junior Midfielder Maria Del Carmen Blasco (Madrid, Spain) and Junior Forward Haley Ennis (Wentzville, Mo.). Ottawa was able to get on the board first, with a goal 26-minutes into the half to grab a 1-0 lead. The Vikings were able to get some chances late in the half, including a shot on goal, but were unable to tie the match before halftime.
The Vikings got off to a quick start after the break as Garcia scored in the first 90-seconds of the half, off an assist from Ennis, to tie the game at 1-1. Despite the quick goal, Missouri Valley failed to put much pressure on Ottawa, only getting off three additional shots in the half, none of which were on goal. Ottawa had chances of their own, getting off eight shots and forcing four saves, but neither team could break the tie, sending the match to overtime.
Neither team was able to get much going offensively in either overtime period as the Vikings only took one shot while Ottawa could only get three shots off. After two scoreless overtime periods the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Leading the way for MVC was Garcia who scored the only goal for the Vikings, and Ennis tallied the only assist. Junior Goalkeeper Irene Sanchez (Barcelona, Spain) played all 110-minutes in goal coming up with six saves. The Vikings were outshot in the match by a 17-10 margin and besides Garcia’s goal, MVC had just one shot that made it on frame.
The Vikings are now 0-0-1 on the season while Ottawa moves to 1-0-1.
Missouri Valley will next play Monday evening as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team. Kansas Wesleyan will visit Marshall, Mo., with the women’s game set for 4:30 p.m. and the men’s game scheduled for a 7 p.m. start time.
About Missouri Valley College
Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.