MARSHALL, Mo. – No. 9 Midland University took to the road one final time during the non-conference portion of their schedule and came away with a 2-1 win at Missouri Valley College on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors victory over the Vikings was their second on the season and their third in the series dating back to 2017.
Midland controlled the possession of the ball most of the first half and held a 1-0 lead after an early goal by Nayeli Rodriguez just three minutes into the game. With the lead the Warriors played solid defense in front of Rachel Thigpen, allowing just six shots in the opening period.
In the second half it was more of the same although the Vikings were able to apply more pressure on the Midland defense, registering nine shots. Midland on the other side of the midfield stripe had just five shots after equaling the Vikings output of six in the first.
Midland saw one of those shots get past the Missouri Valley keeper in the second as Jericha Fox booted home a ball from Melissa Warner in the 80th minute to make it 2-0. That score would end up the game-winner as MVC scored a goal two minutes later in the 82nd.
“The girls kept the ball really well at times against a very talented Missouri Valley team,” said head coach Greg Jarosik afterwards. “Nayeli continues to cause problems for teams, netting her fourth goal on the year. We have one more non-conference game to fine tune some things before GPAC play opens.”
Midland (2-1-1) will finish their non-conference slate on Wednesday, September 11th as they host Ottawa (0-4-0). The match is part of a women’s and men’s doubleheader at Heedum Field. First kick is set for 5:00 p.m. in Fremont, Nebraska.