University proved too strong, defeating Lasalians 20-6 in round five of the Capital Rugby Union competition B Grade division today in Port Moresby.The Uni Piggies, who are currently fourth on the points ladder, were on fire in the first half, scoring two tries but unsuccessful with conversions.Piggies’ first try came 10 minutes into the game through Willie Tepa who scored a corner try following quick passes and great footwork displayed by the forward pack.The Piggies backline was strong throughout the entire first half, preventing Lasalians, who currently sit ninth on the points ladder, from scoring.They scored again 15 minutes later from a great run away try through Kenneth Vagi taking the score up by another five points while Lasallians struggled to score as they trailed terribly at half time 10-0.Lasalians came firing back in the second half but not enough to taste victory after they scored only one try through Curtis Yagas, followed by a successful conversion from Dickson Watt Jr taking the score to 10-6.Piggies continued to score in the last 20 minutes of the game with two more tries from Elias Misi and Koneva Levi as they settled on 20-6 at full time.In other results, Brothers defeated Crusaders 15-13, Wanderers thrashed Spartens 41-0 and North Harbor Vikings defeated Southern Chiefs 14-5.
Missouri State (9-4-1, 5-2-0 MVC), the No. 1 seed for the tournament, secured a share of the league title and the top seed with Central Arkansas’ loss to Bradley on October 28. MSU can earn an outright MVC title with a win or draw over the Bulldogs. The Bears received a bye to the tournament’s semifinals and will play Friday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. match. Drake edged Missouri State, 2-1, in the first meeting of the teams on Oct. 14 in Springfield, Mo.Following Saturday’s match, Drake travels to the MVC Tournament, Nov. 7-8-10-12 in Peoria. The winner of the tournament earns the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team closes the regular season against Missouri State on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Drake edged Evansville, 1-0, in its last match in Evansville, Ind. on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore midfielder Alex Peterson (St. Cloud, Minn.) scored his first career goal and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.) recorded his first MVC shutout win in his hometown. For his efforts, McCullough, who made a critical save of a late Purple Aces’ penalty kick, was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week this week. It is a critical Missouri Valley Conference match for Drake (5-10-1, 2-4-1 MVC) as it battles for seeding to next week’s MVC Tournament hosted by Bradley in Peoria, Ill. The Bulldogs can finish as high as the No. 5 seed and as low as the No. 7 seed with multiple scenarios in play. If Drake secures the No. 5 seed it will play Wednesday at 3 p.m. If the Bulldogs are the No. 6 or No. 7 seed they will be in the play-in game on Tuesday at noon.