Overtime Goal Lifts Men's Soccer, Women's Team Falls at Baker

Posted October 26, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (October 26, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s soccer teams traveled to Baldwin City, Kan., for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with Baker (Kan.) University.  The Viking women’s team fell to No. 12 BU, 2-0, while the men’s team earned a 4-3 win in overtime against No. 6 Baker


The women’s game opened with Missouri Valley getting the first chance on goal.  Senior Midfielder Andrea Garcia (Toledo, Spain) got a shot off with just over five-minutes played, but her attempt was saved.  Baker put together some possession over the next several minutes, and scored the opening goal of the match.  The Wildcats claimed a 1-0 lead with just over 13-minutes played.  Just over one-minute later, Sophomore Defender Nerea Beitia (Muguria, Spain) nearly evened the score, but her shot was saved.  Just past the 20-minute mark, Sophomore Defender Julia Amador (San Cristobal, Spain) had her first shot of the match saved.  The two teams traded possession from there, but Amador did get another shot off, but again it was saved with nearly eight-minutes to play in the half.  The two teams went into the break, with Baker holding a 1-0 lead.


Just two minutes into the second half, Senior Goalkeeper Janay Stone (Kansas City, Mo.) was called on for her first save in the match, while Senior Midfielder Lais Pazzinin (Canoas, Brazil) followed two minutes later with a shot that was saved.  Baker added to its lead with 11-minutes gone in the half on a penalty kick, making the score 2-0.  Senior Forward Haley Nichols (O’Fallon, Mo.) had a shot on goal just over one minute later, but again the chance was saved.  The Vikings could only produce one more chance on goal over through the rest of the half, while Stone came up with one more save in the final minutes, and Missouri Valley fell by a 2-0 score.


Stone finished the match with two saves, while the Vikings outshot the Wildcats by a 9-6 margin.  Amador had three shots on goal, but each attempt was saved.


The loss drops Missouri Valley to 9-5-2 overall and 6-3-2 in the Heart.  Baker improves to 13-3-2 on the season and 9-1-2 in conference play.


The men’s match featured early opportunities for Baker.  Sophomore Goalkeeper Patrick Irankunda was called on for his first save of the match, just seconds into the contest.  Baker continued to apply pressure to the Viking defense, and the Wildcats eventually broke through with a goal, just over five-minutes into the match, to hold a 1-0 lead.  Irankunda was called on for another save just five minutes later, to keep MVC at a one-goal deficit.  Missouri Valley did not trail for long, as Senior Midfielder Alejandro Corella (Madrid, Spain) tied the match at 1-1 with a goal just past the 14-minute mark.  The two teams traded possession over the next 10-minutes, but Irankunda needed to make another save, with 18-minutes to play in the half.  The Vikings did get one more shot on target before halftime, but an attempt by Freshman Defender Uros Illic (Nova Pazova, Serbia) was saved, and the teams went into the break tied at 1-1.


Missouri Valley had an opportunity to claim a lead with 10-minutes played after the restart, but a penalty kick taken by Senior Forward Rafael Alcaraz (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) hit off the post to keep the score tied.  Baker took advantage of the missed opportunity five minutes later, getting a shot into the MVC goal to open a 2-1 lead.  Missouri Valley struggled to get a shot on goal over the next 20-minutes, but found the equalizer with just over 15-minutes remaining in regulation.  Junior Forward Slaven Baskalo (Novi Sad, Serbia) set up a goal for Illic, and the Vikings were tied once again, this time at 2-2.  Baskalo nearly gave Missouri Valley a late lead, but his shot just past the 85-minute mark was saved.  The Wildcats answered back, and less than 30-seconds later went back in front by a 3-2 score.  The lead was short-lived, as Baskalo got the Vikings level once again, scoring with one-minute remaining in regulation to send the match into overtime tied at 1-1.


The overtime period featured just one chance on goal, and Missouri Valley benefited from the opportunity.  Senior Forward George Limbert (Leicester, England) scored just one-minute into the extra period to give the Vikings a 4-3 upset victory.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Baskalo who came off the bench to score one goal and add one assist.  Corella and Illic each added a goal, while Limbert scored his second game-winning goal of the season.  Limbert has scored in each of the past three matches and leads the team with six goals.  Baskalo increased his goal total to five, and his assist total to three, while Corella scored his third goal and Illic added his third goal of the season.  Irankunda made three saves for the Vikings.


The win moves Missouri Valley to 10-5-2 overall and 6-3-2 in the Heart.  Baker falls to 13-3-2 on the season and 9-1-2 in conference play.


The Viking soccer teams will next play in a road doubleheader in Oskaloosa, Iowa, against William Penn (Iowa) University.  Saturday, the women’s match starts at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s match at 7:30 p.m.  These will be the final regular season matches for each team.




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 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.


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