MOUNT PLEASANT – Iowa Wesleyan College played well for spurts but was done in by a lack of offense against Grand View University in losing women’s and men’s soccer matches to the Vikings Wednesday afternoon at East Lake Park.
The Tiger women fought hard but succumbed to Grand View 3-0 in the first match of the Midwest Collegiate Conference doubleheader. The IWC men then played well for a half before the nationally ranked Vikings rolled to a 7-0 win to complete the sweep.
Grand View scored twice in the first half of the women’s match and then added its final goal just over a minute into the second half. The Tigers played even on the scoreboard the rest of the way as Cara Arnold (Jr.-Stillman Valley, Ill.) made five of her six saves in the second half, but were able to generate just one shot in the match.
Mackenzie McAdaragh, Meghan McCoy and Emily Hays all scored goals for the visitors, who owned a 21-1 advantage in shots. IWC dropped to 1-13-1 overall (0-6 MCC), while Grand View improved to 5-7-1 overall, 4-2 in conference play.
The men’s match saw the Tigers play to a draw for 30 minutes against a GVU team ranked 20th in the most recent NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll. Wesleyan still trailed just 1-0 after 60 minutes of play, but the Vikings would dominate the rest of the match, scoring six goals the rest of the way, including three in a span of 4 1/2 minutes.
Grand View played with the wind in the first half and got its first goal from Noah Acosta at the 30:25 mark. The score would remain that way until halftime and into the second half, but IWC was unable to take advantage of the wind in the final 45 minutes.
The Tigers were unable to get off a shot in the second half. The Vikings eventually broke through with their second goal coming in the 61st minute from Noel Medina. GVU added two more goals in the next 4:29, and tallied three more times after that to win going away.
Troy Osborne (Jr.-Sydney, Australia) made five saves in goal for the Tigers, who dropped to 2-10-1 overall, 0-5-1 in the MCC. Grand View improved to 12-1 overall, 5-1 in conference.
Iowa Wesleyan’s soccer teams will be home again on Saturday to face Ashford University in a pair of conference matches at East Lake Park. The men’s match will be played first and begin at 1 p.m., with the women’s match to follow at 3 p.m.
Women's GVU 3 IWC 0
Men's #20 GVU 7 IWC 0