The MVC women’s soccer team took on the conference leader, the Baker University Wildcats, on Tuesday with high hopes of a win. The MVC team had won the previous game and had crept within a half game back of the leaders.
The Vikings came in riding high with the performances of forward Breann Kinworthy and goalie Nicole Goad who were named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the previous week on Monday.
The Wildcats looked strong early as they drew first blood. The Vikings had a few shots on goal but nothing that really challenged the Baker goalie early and, with three minutes to go in the first half, the Wildcats took a commanding 2-point lead.
The team honored the seniors at half-time, recognizing them for their contribution to the program. Seniors Ashley Russel, Patsy Middleton, Amanda Hempelmann, Ariel Cantrell and Sanjeet Jaspal received a round of applause among other presentations from family members and the coach.
The second half didn’t yield any better results for the Vikings as they failed to score with the allotted time. As time expired, so did the hopes of the players as they watch their regular season come to an end.
The Vikings finished the season at 8-6-3 and secured the 4th seed in the conference. They will open the conference tournament at home against Avila University.