Viking Men's Soccer Earns Road Win in Heart Tournament

Posted November 5, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (November 5, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College men’s soccer team traveled to Fayette, Mo., Saturday afternoon for a quarterfinal round match with Central Methodist (Mo.) University in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Postseason Tournament.  The No. 5 seeded Vikings used a pair of second half goals to earn a 2-1 win over the No. 4 seeded Eagles.


Missouri Valley had the first shot on target to open the game, but an attempt from Senior Defender Marc Heaman (Amble, England) just four-minutes into the match was saved.  The two teams traded possession over the next several minutes, but a shot from Senior Forward George Limbert (Leicester, England) needed to be saved with 20-minutes played.  Central Methodist got off a pair of shots near the 30-minute mark, one requiring a save from Sophomore Goalkeeper Patrick Irankunda (Ashford, England).  Irankunda needed to make another save six minutes later, to keep the match scoreless.  Missouri Valley had one late attempt to break the deadlock, but an attempt from Sophomore Defender Joan Matorell (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) was saved.  The two teams went into halftime tied at 0-0.


The Eagles came out quick to open the second half, getting a shot on goal just seconds after the restart, but Irankunda made another save to end the opportunity.  Limbert countered with a chance on goal four minutes later, but again his shot was saved.  Irankunda made another save near the 60-minute mark, but Central Methodist broke through nearly eight-minutes later.  The Eagles took a 1-0 lead over Missouri Valley with just over 20-minutes remaining in the match.  Missouri Valley answered near the 70-minute mark, when Senior Midfielder Alejandro Corella (Madrid, Spain) scored, off an assist from Freshman Forward Alexis Lagase (Brussels, Belgium), to get Missouri Valley level at 1-1.  Central Methodist nearly reclaimed the lead moments later, getting two shots on goal over the next five-minutes of play, but both attempts were saved.  The Vikings had an answer just after 75-minutes had been played, when Corella sent a corner into the box that found the head of Limbert, who scored to give MVC a 2-0 advantage.  The Eagles tried to tie the score late, putting lots of pressure on the Viking defense, but Irankunda made three saves in the final six-minutes of play to preserve the 2-1 win.


Corella finished with one goal and one assist in the match, increasing his goal total on the season to four and his assist total to three.  Limbert scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season, while Lagase added his first assist.  Irankunda recorded nine saves, the second-most in a match this season.


The win puts Missouri Valley at 12-5-2 overall, while Central Methodist sees its season end with a 12-6-1 record.  Missouri Valley avenged a regular season loss to the Eagles, 3-1, back on Sept. 24.


The Vikings advance to the semifinal round of the Heart Postseason Tournament for the sixth time since 2009 and will play at No. 7 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University, Wednesday at 1 p.m.  Missouri Valley lost to MNU, 3-1, back on Sept. 21.




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