Category: Championships

Bradley University made Evansville pay for its constant pressure by scoring three counter-attack goals, including Cody Lofgrens golden goal in the 102nd minute, as the third-seeded, host Braves (11-6-2) advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship with a 3-2 win Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. Bradley will face second-seeded Drake in Friday’s 6 p.m. Senior Brian Billings, who recorded a career-high 13 saves one game after setting his previous single-game best with 11 saves Saturday at Evansville, made his best save of the night pay big dividends. After Billings made a diving catch of a Faik Hajderovic shot to the left post, Evansville made one last rush off the resulting punt. The Braves stopped the rush then headed the other direction when defender Zach Kovacevic played the ball ahead. Wojcik Wojciech collected and knocked the ball over the top for Lofgren on the left flank. Purple Aces junior goalkeeper Eric Teppen was undecisive with his first move and Lofgren won the race to the ball, shooting over the charging keeper from 25 yards out for the golden goal at 101:43.

-Bob

Ryan Brown put a hold on history while getting a spot in the 87th annual Peoria Men’s City golf tournament. Brown, held off a late rally by seven-time City champion Rick LeHew for a 3-and-2 victory Thursday at Kellogg Golf Course. Brown a Richwoods High School graduate, who played golf at Illinois Central College and McKendree College, lost the first hole before winning the five of the next seven to take a 4-up lead over LeHew after eight holes.

-Bob

Illinois Central College (31-4) women’s basketball team lost in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division II national tournament to Louisburg College (31-3)72-68 on Friday night at Lorene M. Ramsey GymnasiumOlivia Gaines had a game-high 22 points for the Lady Hurricanes. Jazmine Parker and Tiffany Johnson added 15 points apiece to join Gaines in double figures. Demeisha Morris and Chanta Wright joined  ShaVonn Watkins in double figures, with all three scoring 17 points for ICC. The loss puts the Cougars in the third-place game against fourth-seeded St. Clair Community College (21-10) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday

-Bob

Top-seeded Mesa Community College knocked off No. 9 and two-time defending champion Monroe College 53-50 in the first of two quarterfinal games Thursday night at the Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium at Illinois Central College. The Lady Thunderbirds (26-6) started out slow and didn’t even take the lead until a 3-pointer by Mariah Willadsen pushed the Thunderbirds ahead 17-16 with 6:40 left in the first half. Mesa led 27-21 at halftime. Nicole Tsosie led Mesa with 16 points. Willadsen and Mariam Ridgwell each added 10 for the Thunderbirds. Ly’Nasha Frazier led the Lady Mustangs with 16 points. “That was a very, very, very, very good team we just played and who are well coached too,” Mesa coach Kori Stephenson said after the game, a 53-50 victory for her team. “The kids just stepped up and took charge.”

-Bob

Senior Andrew Ribeiro’s goal in the 86th minute Sunday afternoon lifted #12 Creighton University (15-3-2)to a 2-1 victory against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (13-7-0) in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference soccer tournament at Shea Stadium. Ribeiro knocked in a short rebound after Cougars’ junior goalkeeper John Berner stopped Ribeiro’s penalty kick. Berner couldn’t secure the ball and Ribeiro alertly pounced on the rebound for the game-winner. Jared Tejada. The Bluejays clinched the Valley’s automatic berth for the upcoming NCAA tournament. The title is Creighton’s second consecutive tournament crown, fifth in eight years, and 13th in the 22-year history of the event. Final Game Stats.

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-Bob

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