The Avila Eagles, an NAIA program that competes in the Heart of America Conference, has a large Southwest Missouri representation. The teams record is 3-8-1 overall and 0-4 in the Conference right now.
Guillermo Zuniga (Nixa 2008) has played in nine games, scoring in two of them, both wins. He’s tied for 3rd in scoring for the team this year.
Danny Curro (Nixa 2007) got into his first game of the season against William Jewell on September 30th.
Hugo Morales (Camdenton 2007) has played in three games, scoring a goal in the 2-0 win over William Penn University.
Justin Varner (Waynesville 2008) has played in 2 of the last 3 games. His brother Kyle is a junior on the Waynesville Tigers squad.
Patrick Allen Turk (Joplin McAuley 2005) has played in 12 games, scoring a goal in the 3-4 loss against Ottawa University.
Chase Slaughter (Carl Junction 2005) has played in 8 games this season, getting off 4 shots on goal.
The Missouri Valley Vikings, also a member of the Heart of America Conference, are relying on a trio of dynamic women from Southwest Missouri and a budding freshman goalkeeper from Central HS. The team is 3-7 this season, 1-2 in the Conference.
Jessica Yach (Nixa 2007) has played in all ten games this season, scoring 6 with an assist for 13 points, #2 for the Vikings.
Regina Bodine (Willard 2007) has also played in all ten games, with one assist from her defensive position.
Patricia Middleton (Willard 2008) has played in all ten games with one assist.
Dessa Loveland (Central 2008) has played in 4 games this season, behind the Vikings senior goalkeeper.
Abby Ussery (Kickapoo 2008) is a red shirt this year.
Chealsey Russell (Kickapoo 2008) got her second straight start for the Owls on Sunday against Memphis, a 0-1 loss that was also broadcast on CSTV Sunday. She was recently featured on the Rice Owls women’s soccer website, in their “Just for Kicks – Meet the Owls” section. My favorite nugget of information from the interview?
My favorite meal at the servery: Lucky Charms
My favorite class at Rice: Nutrition
I’m not sure what to think 🙂 Oh, and she’s started 5 of 6 games now that she is healthy again.