Senior Goalkeeper Josh Wells makes a save.
Story and Video by Tyrone Ritter
The roar of the crowd wasn’t heard by Alberto Gomez before he scored the game tying goal Tuesday, Sept. 24, for Missouri Valley College, but he sure heard it afterward.
“When I’m playing, I can’t hear all the crowd,” Gomez said. “I feel real excited when I hear the crowd yelling. It’s comfortable.”
His goal in the 85 minutes leveled the score at 1-goal apiece.
No. 10 Missouri Valley and No. 5 Ashford University played another 25 minutes without either team scoring another goal.
MVC Head Men’s Soccer Coach Vladimir Simic expected this kind of game. “Both teams are pretty good so that’s what is expected.” Simic said.
Ashford University scored the first goal of the match on a penalty kick.
Lucas Almeida scored the goal past Viking goalie Josh Wells. That lone goal was all Wells gave up to the Saints. He ended the match with nine saves and several of them he had to sprawl out to make.
“Honestly I have forgotten the saves. I saw the ball and I went for it,” Wells said.
Wells’ counterpart made some saves too. Saints goalie Patrick Kinsella stopped eight shots.
The draw leaves the Vikings with a record of 6-1-1.
Missouri Valley’s next match will be the start of conference play. They face Avila University, Saturday, Sept. 28, in Kansas City.