The MVC women’s soccer team suffered a defeat on Tuesday night as they lost in penalty kicks to the Avila University Eagles. The competition could not have been decided in regular time as both teams were scoreless at the end of regulation.
Even after extra minutes, the game was still scoreless as both teams had shots on goal but none that were fruitful. One shot grazed the top left corner and that was as close as the Vikings came to scoring.
The game went into penalty shoot-outs which is a soccer player’s worst nightmare. The fans lined the edge of the field to watch what they were hoping would be a Valley triumph to the second round of the conference tournament
However, the team would fall short, missing one penalty kick while Avila made all of theirs. Head women’s coach Drew Hawkins said that overall they had a good season. “I am pleased with the way my girls performed throughout the year to get us to where we were,” he added.
The lady Vikings finished the season with an overall record of 8-7-3 but Coach Hawkins said he is very optimistic for next season, with a good core group of returners. “We have a possible seven starters that may be returning and hopefully we get one of our key players back from injury to full health and I think we would be a force in conference play next season.” The coach expressed how proud he was of his team in the way the players competed all season.