Category: Bradley University

Bradley University refused to let its record crowd go home disappointed, rallying for a 2-2 draw against the defending national champion and preseason No. 1 team, Notre Dame, in front of 3,099 fans Tuesday night at Shea StadiumJust when it seemed the visiting Irish took the life out of the crowd with a go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, the Braves netted its second equalizer of the night on Christian Okeke‘s toe poke inside the right post at 84:09. The fifth annual Danny Dahlquist Memorial Game was billed as the “Battle of Champions” and the exhibition lived up to the hype, despite its exhibition status.  While Notre Dame is the defending national champion, Bradley is the defending Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champion. As a preseason exhibition, and after the two teams also played a reserve game earlier in the evening, no overtime was played Tuesday.  Notre Dame earned a 1-0 victory in the 60-minute reserve game on the strength of Jon Gallagher‘s 52nd-minute goal.

-Bob






















Senior Amy Angelos recorded her 1,000th career kill and sophomore Jessie Tulacka tied for match high honors with 10 kills, but Northern Iowa collected eight blocks and held Bradley to a .154 attack percentage as the Panthers swept the Braves 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 Tuesday at Renaissance Coliseum. Angelos became the 12th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills early in the opening set and finished with eight kills on the night to move up two spots on Bradley kills list into the top 10.  She passed Kathy Bickler (1,001 kills) and Andra Dystrup (1,003 kills) on the Bradley career kills chart after pushing her career total of 1,006. Northern Iowa (12-5 overall, 4-1 MVC) picked up its 11th victory in its last 12 outings with the sweep of the Braves, who dropped to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in Missouri Valley play. Leigh Pudwill paced a balanced UNI attack with 10 kills to tie Tulacka for match-high honors and was one of five Panther players with six or more kills in the contest. Tulacka’s 10 kills paced the Braves and sophomore Kristi Chynoweth added nine kills of her own while boasting a .438 hitting percentage.  Freshman setter Melissa Hoerber turned in her second straight double-double and fourth of the year with 21 assists and 13 digs. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob

Freshman Melissa Hoerber turned in her third double-double of the year and sophomore Kristi Chynoweth owned a .389 attack percentage to go with eight kills, but Bradley couldn’t keep up with a balanced Illinois State offensive attack as the Redbirds took the first meeting of the annual I-74 rivalry 25-18, 25-19, 25-16 Saturday at Renaissance Coliseum. Chynoweth and senior Alise Tupuritis tied for match-high honors with eight kills each to lead the Braves (9-5 overall, 3-2 MVC).  Illinois State (12-4 overall, 5-0 MVC) had four individuals with seven or more kills and also tallied 11 blocks as the Redbirds kept pace with league co-leader Wichita State in the Valley standings with the victory. Hoerber finished with 17 assists and a season-best 12 digs to post her third double-double of the year.  Chynoweth had eight kills and just one attack error, while hitting .389 and Tupuritis also tied for match-high honors with eight kills.  Senior Amy Angelos was the only other Bradley player to have more than five kills, finishing the night with seven kills to push her career total to 998. Fellow senior Lauren Zerante helped Bradley to a 61-57 advantage in digs, collecting a team-high 15.  Zerante passed Lisa LaMontagne (1,061 digs) for 12th on the Bradley career list and now has 1,071 as a Brave. Illinois State’s LeighAnn Hranka had eight kills with no errors and also added eight blocks to lead Illinois State. Stacey Niao also had eight kills, while Emily Schneider and Ashley Rosch each added seven kills to pace the Redbirds. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob



Just when it appeared Bradley was going to hold one of the nation’s top scoring teams scoreless in regulation for the first time this season, #6 Cal State Northridge (8-1-0) headed home the game-winner with just 1:02 remaining for a 1-0 road victory against the Braves (4-3-1) Saturday night at Shea Stadium. Bradley outshot the Matadors 20-15 on the night and had the better chances in the second half with a 10-5 advantage, but the Braves could not find the back of the net. The best chance came in the 67th minute when Tyler Davis ripped a shot from outside the penalty area that was deflected to a wide open Grant Bell on the right side of the area. Bell had a 1-v-1 opportunity versus Northridge keeper Adam Hobbs, who came through with one of his four saves on the night to preserve the shutout. The Matadors made Bradley pay for its missed opportunities in the 89th minute when Yarden Azulay sprang Beto Velasquez for a run down the right flank.  Velasquez carried the ball to the end line and sent a left-footed service to the front of the goal, where Tanner Snedigar leaned in over a Bradley defender to nod home the winner at 88:58.

-Bob


Upsets were the theme of the opening day of the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship as sixth-seeded Central Arkansas and fifth-seeded Drake both advanced against their higher-seeded opponents Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. UCA (8-8-1) rode the first half goal of Daniel Sampedro and goalkeeper Cody Gibson to a 1-0 victory against third-seeded host Bradley (10-6-4). The Bears put together a combination on the right flank that sprang Sampedro into the penalty area, where he was able to beat the Braves goal keeper Brian Billings with a low shot inside the right post. Michael Quinn and Ethan Miller set up the goal, Sampedro’s third of the year, at 36:03. Final game stats.

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-Bob

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