OVU men, women win again

From staff reports

The Ohio Valley men and women’s soccer teams will play in their respective Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament championship games Saturday at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio.

The OVU women overcame a late switch in locations to defeat Ursuline 3-2 Thursday. Originally scheduled to be played in Vienna, field conditions caused the match to be moved to Marietta College’s Don Drumm Stadium.

Karla Traslavina didn’t seem to mind as she got the Fighting Scots (16-0-2) on the board in the 13th minute with a goal off Paula Valbuena’s assist.

Ursuline answered, though, with back-to-back goals in the 15th and 18th minutes. First, Taylor Dackin scored on Steph Clad’s assist before Dackin assisted Haley Knox on a goal to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage.

Top-seeded OVU was resilient though, knotting the score at 2-all in the 43rd minute when G-MAC Offensive Player of the Year Giannou Konstantina assisted Valbuena on a goal.

Valbuena later assisted Laura Acosta on a goal in the 58th minute which proved to be the game-winner.

OVU outshot fifth-seeded Ursuline 25-7 in the match, including 16-4 on goal. Scots keeper Kimberly Mora had two saves in the winning effort. Gina Cerny was in goal for Ursuline, recording 13 saves.

The No. 1-seeded OVU men also were victorious, dispatching No. 5 Cedarville 4-0 Thursday at Muskingum.

Fighting Scots keeper Carlos Rubio recorded a clean sheet, tallying a pair of saves in the win.

Miguel Campos (18th minute), Nicolas Rodriguez (20th minute; 56th minute) and Guillermo Segovia (32nd minute) had the goals for Ohio Valley. Alexandre Horveno and Segovia had two assists apiece.

Cedarville attempted just two shots in the match to OVU’s 29 (15 on goal). Cedarville keeper Garham Sachtleben netted 11 saves.

The OVU men (16-1-3) now will play 14-2-2 Davis & Elkins (No. 2 seed) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Muskingum while the women will square off versus No. 2 Ohio Dominican (15-4-1) at 2 p.m. at Muskingum. Both matches will have G-MAC tournament titles on the line.

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