Category: Wildcats

Bradley University played there only home exhibition game of the spring against SEC power Kentucky Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The Braves scored the only goal of the game late on a blast in the box by sophomore forward Christian Okeke for a 1-0 victory against the Wildcats. A few of my images from today’s game.

-Bob


Freshman midfielder Alex Garcia registered his first career point and the team’s active career scoring leader Wojciech Wojcik added to his numbers as the duo combined for the only goal of the first day at The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic, lifting host Bradley University (1-0-0) to a 1-0 victory against the University of New Hampshire (0-1-0) in the tourney nightcap Friday night at Shea Stadium. The Braves extended its winning streak in season-openers to 12 games and improved to 11-0-0 all-time in Shea Stadium season openers. Garcia fired a shot from the top of the 18 and the ball was deflected to Wojcik, who slotted a 15-yard shot across the goal mouth inside the right post for the game-winner at 58:31. Bradley senior goalkeeper Brian Billings made seven saves to earn his 14th career shutout. Though the Wildcats outshot its host, 22-14, Billings was not challenged most of the night.  He made one sliding save on a tight shot at the near post in the 66th minute, then flicked another close-range shot, a header from his goalkeeping counterpart Travis Worra, over the cross bar inside the game’s final 10 seconds. Hosting the fifth annual The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic, Bradley will try for its first-ever championship in the event when the Braves host Massachusetts in the tourney finale at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

-Bob


Bradley University Junior forward Ross Williams had a goal and two assists, while junior goal keeper Brian Billings stopped a penalty kick among his seven saves and recorded an assist, leading the Braves (6-3-2) to a 3-1 upset of #17 Northwestern (7-2-2) Wednesday night at Shea Stadium before 438 fans. The defending Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament champion, Northwestern is the first-ever Big Ten team to visit Shea Stadium. The Braves improved to 4-1-0 all-time against the Wildcats and earned their first win against a nationally-ranked opponent this season. Northwestern scored the game’s first goal in the 39th minute when Henry Herrill ran on to a long service over the top from Nikko Boxall and slotted his shot from the left flank past Billings. The Braves got the equalizer in the 50th minute off a restart. Williams swerved a free kick from the right flank toward the top of the penalty area, where a Northwestern player missed on his clearance attempt. Freshman midfielder J.T. Kotowski took advantage by one-timing a right-footed shot from the top of the “D” past Wildcats keeper Tyler Miller for his first career goal at 49:08.  Bradley immediately struck again, when freshman forward Jason Lesch collected a pass from Williams and sprung junior forward Scott Davis for a run through the center of the penalty area. Davis beat Miller in a 1-v-1 situation for his second goal of the year, and first career game-winner, at 51:05. Click here to view more photo’s from the game.


-Bob

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