By Tynan Braymiller/Delta Staff Writer
The MVC girls soccer team put on a dominant performance Saturday night defeating William Penn 3-0, demonstrating why they are ranked 17th in the nation. The game opened with each team nearly scoring on each other in under five minutes. MVC’s Natalia Ruiz attempted the first shot but was saved by William Penn. William Penn takes the second shot just to be denied by the crossbar.
Ruiz had another chance, this time off a cross from Midfielder Nicole Rubio and Ruiz put the ball past the William Penn goalie and into the goal to give MVC a 1-0 lead. Shortly after defender Cassie Fuentes sent a cross to the center of the box, and Forward Valentina Cardoso Rodriquez put her shot just past the keeper to put the advantage at 2-0. MVC was unable to score again in the first half.
With just over 12-minutes played, the Vikings were awarded an in-direct free kick in the WPU box. Rubio sent a pass to Ruiz, who put a shot through defenders and past the keeper to extend MVC’s lead to 3-0. Each team stayed scoreless after MVC’s last goal giving the Vikings the win.
Ruiz scored two goals, and now has three goals and six points on the season. Cardoso Rodriguez added her team-high fourth goal and second assist and also leads the team with 10 points. Rubio finished with two assists. Marina Barneda Massaguer made three saves in goal. MVC’s women’s soccer teams will travel to Atchison, Kan. on Wednesday to compete against Benedictine at 5pm.