Category: Leathernecks

A bit of history was made Tuesday on the soccer pitch at John MacKenzie Alumni Field, where Bradley University and Western Illinois University played to a 1-1 tie, the first tie in the 24-game history of the series against Bradley’s closest NCAA Division I rival. Junior midfielder Keegan Balle put Bradley (9-5-3) on the board first, scoring his sixth goal of the year on a 25-yard blast in the 17th minute. The Leathernecks (3-8-4) got the equalizer in the 68th minute when Erick Bloom finished off a corner kick sequence from Aaron Appel and Hilary Esangbedo. Bradley finished the game with a 21-15 advantage in shots and the Braves allowed only two shots on goal in the 110 minutes. Junior forward Wojciech Wojcik had three of Bradley’s six shots on goal, but Leathernecks goal keeper Yves Dietrich made five saves to preserve the tie. Click here for final box score.

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-Bob

Western Illinois University dropped its Missouri Valley Football Conference opener to No. 15th-ranked Illinois State (4-0) 23-3 at Hanson Field. The Fighting Leathernecks evened there record on the season at 2-2. Led by senior running back Darrelynn Dunn who scored two touchdowns for the Redbirds on 29 carries for 123 yards, and senior quarterback Matt Brown was 16-26 passing with one touchdown to junior Jordan Neukirch. Freshman linebacker J.J. Raffelson was the defensive star for WIU with 13 tackles. Western launched its best drive of the afternoon on its opening possession of the second half. The Leathernecks marched inside the Redbird 5 yard line, but had to settle for Pat Smith’s 21-yard field goal for there only points in the game. Click here for the complete game stats.

-Bob

Bradley University freshmen Molly Dahlquist and Chase Coffey both won the 3,000 meter steeplechase to highlight action for the Bradley track and field teams at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational Saturday. Running the first steeplechase of her collegiate career, Dahlquist won the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase by nearly 40 seconds, finishing in a time of 11:01.98 and posted one of five top-five finishes on the day for the women’s squad. In the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, Coffey edged Knox College’s Kevin Box by four seconds with a time of 9:42.23 to win the race.  Coffey’s time ranks as the fifth best 3,000 meter steeplechase in program history. Marquette took both the Men’s (160 points) and Women’s (202 points) team events at the meet. Click here for complete Invitational results.

-Bob

Eureka College junior guard Jordan Kindred knocked down two of the Red Devils nine 3-pointers and dished out six assists to reach 10th place on the all-time EC list, but Division I Western Illinois overpowered the Red Devils down the stretch for a 73-52 non-conference victory, Tuesday night at Western Hall in Macomb, IL. The Red Devils (5-5) knocked down three of their first five 3-point attempts, including a triple from junior forward Dustin Fritsch with 16:04 remaining, to claim an early 11-7 lead.  The Leathernecks (6-4) promptly answered with six straight points to take their second lead of the game, but Kindred pushed the Red Devils back in front with a 3-pointer for a 21-18 cushion at the 10:14 mark.  Western Illinois responded by scoring 12 of the final 14 points over the final 10 minutes of the half to carry a 30-23 advantage into halftime. Obi Emegano scored 25 points for the Leathernecks to lead all scorers.  Junior forward Don McAvoy scored 14 points off the bench and Jack Houpt added 10 points in the victory.  Western Illinois held a 22-5 advantage in bench points and scored 25 of its 73 points off EC turnovers.

-Bob

Sophomore forward Wojciech Wojcik headed home a Marcus Schademann service in the 83rd minute, lifting #21 Bradley (6-1-2) to a 1-0 victory against in-state rival Western Illinois (3-4-1) Friday afternoon at John Mackenzie Alumni Field. Sophomore keeper Brian Billings came through with five saves to earn his second shutout of the season.  He got some help from sweeper Tapiwa Machingauta who had a team save in the first half and deflected the home team’s last chance wide as the game clock expired. The Braves scored the game-winning goal after Christian Meza gained possession on the left flank and fed the overlapping Schademann into the corner.  Schademann made a couple of moves to free himself for the left-footed service, finding the 6-foot-3 Wojcik all alone in the center of the goal for the easy finish at 82:28 for his first goal of the season and second career game-winner.

-Bob

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