Category: Bruins

For the second straight home game, Bradley dominated the shot count, but this time the Braves (6-4-2) got the result to match by earning a 2-0 victory versus Belmont University (4-6-2) Tuesday evening at Shea Stadium. Despite its 14-4 shooting advantage in the first half, it took an own goal to put the Braves on the board in the 36th minute. Andrew Brown started the scoring sequence with a long throw into the box from the right flank. The ball appeared to be ticketed for junior forward Desmond Campbell, but a Bruins player stepped in front.  His attempt to head the ball away, however, was mis-hit and the ball fell into a wide open net inside the left post for a 1-0 Bradley lead at 35:46. Bradley kept the pressure up in the second half and capitalized when senior forward Alon Badat drove home his team-leading fourth goal of the season. Senior goalkeeper Brian Billings made a pair of first-half saves, then needed only to break up a handful of crossing services in the second half to preserve the shutout, Bradley’s fifth of the season. Billings now shares second place with Adam Gross on Bradley’s all-time list with his 18th career shutout.

-Bob


Tremont High School advanced to IHSA Class 2A State Finals with a 6-3 victory over the Peru (St. Bede) Lady Bruins. Tremont gave up its first run of the postseason when Lainie Schweickert’s RBI infield hit ended Jaycee Craver’s streak of 35 consecutive scoreless innings. The sophomore pitcher  (22-0) struck out five, walked six, scattered five hits, and gave up two earned runs. Senior Kali Sanders put the Turks ahead for good with a two-out RBI double in the second. Briley Spencer then followed Sanders with a two-out, RBI double of her own for a 3-1 lead. Tremont added three more insurance runs over the next two innings. Brooke Bolliger gave Tremont a pair of RBI extra-base hits in the third and fifth innings. The junior outfielder’s double scored Haley McCloud, who reached on a hit-by-a-pitch and stole second. The Turks (29-0) will meet Kankakee Bishop McNamara (34-0) at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

-Bob

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