Tahlequah Daily Press

October 29, 2013

Shephard, NSU blank Ouachita Baptist

NSU briefs

— ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — The No. 25-ranked Northeastern State men’s soccer team picked up a 1-0 road win over Ouachita Baptist Monday evening at the OBU Soccer Field.

The RiverHawks (9-2-4) have now gone on a five-match unbeaten streak after a brief two-match losing skid, while the Tigers (4-8-1) have dropped their last two matches.

The lone goal came in the 69th minute when junior midfielder Josue Morales was able to find the back of the net. The marker was his first of the season and the second game winner of his career. Morales became the 14th member of the squad to score a goal this season.

NSU goalkeeper Eric Shephard (4-1-3) made three saves in the contest and earned his fourth clean sheet of the campaign.

NSU outshot the home side 25-6 and held a slight 6-5 edge in corner kicks.

The RiverHawks have already clinched either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the upcoming MIAA Championship tournament and will meet No. 17 Fort Hays State in the semifinals on Nov. 7 in Olathe, Kan. The match will have huge NCAA Championship implications, as only one of the two sides will qualify for the season-ending event.

Northeastern State will close out the regular season with a 5 p.m. match Friday at home against Harding.

NSU women tie school mark for wins

The Northeastern State women’s soccer team defeated Southern Nazarene 1-0 Monday night at DeLoache Field.

With the win, the RiverHawks (13-3-0) tied the school record for most victories in a single season (1999, 2012) and have a minimum of three more matches scheduled to set the all-time mark.

Senior midfielder Renee’ Valcarcel put home the game-winning goal in the 18th minute. Sophomore defender Emily Burch took a free kick from 35 yards out on the left side that was initially saved by SNU goalkeeper Yoli Zamarripa. The deflection found the boot of Valcarcel, who was able to finish.

Valcarcel’s goal was her fifth of the season third game winner.

NSU goalkeeper Jordan Woodruff (13-3) played the full 90 minutes and made five saves. Woodruff also recorded her eighth shutout of the season, which extends her school record.

“I felt like the first 20 minutes we played pretty good soccer. We created a lot of chances but couldn’t put those away,” NSU coach Chase Wooten said. “We got a fluke goal on a long restart ball from (Emily) Burch and Renee’ followed up just off the crossbar to put one away.”

“After how well we played on Friday against UCO I felt like we just couldn’t connect. We played some other people and we were sampling some things here and there. Hopefully we can find our way for the Friday match.”

The RiverHawks will host MIAA opponent Emporia State at 7 p.m. Friday at DeLoache Field for NSU’s Senior Night.