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UNLV won the 2014 Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic on the shoulders of a historic effort by forward Salvador Bernal, who registered three goals and an assist in a 4-3 win against host Bradley (1-1-0) Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Bernals’s heroics came after Bradley stormed to a 2-0 lead 19 minutes into the game and the Braves opened the door to the rally by surrendering two penalty kicks. Bernal’s first goal came in the run of play, pulling the Rebels to within 2-1 by popping Kevin Partida‘s counter attack flank service off the right post and into the net at 34:20. He converted his first penalty kick attempt at 41:19 to forge a 2-2 halftime tie. The Braves grabbed the early lead when forward Christian Okeke worked the right flank, before feeding Cody Lofgren in a dangerous area. Lofgren’s blast deflected back to the top of the penalty area, where Andrew Brown collected the ball and curled in a shot over UNLV keeper Ryan Harding just 6:31 into the game.

All-Tournament Team
UNLV: Salvador Bernal (MVP), Connor Coletti, Kyle Mellies, Irvin Somera
Western Illinois: Armel Kouassi, Ben Fiddes, Yves Dietrich
Bradley: Andrew BrownChristian Okeke
San Jose State: Kyle O’Mahoney, Johnathan Colunga

-Bob


Freshman Tyler Davis scored his first career goal 4:44 into the first overtime period, lifting Bradley (2-0-0) to its first-ever championship in the fifth annual The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic with a 1-0, overtime victory against Massachusetts (0-1-1) Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Andrew Brown triggered the scoring play with a throw from the far flank. Senior forward Wojciech Wojcik flicked the throw into the 6-yard box, where freshman forward Christian Okeke took possession and managed to get turned for a shot that bounced off a defender. The ball fell to Davis, who kept his shot low through traffic and just beyond Minutemen goal keeper Nick Ruiz reach. Wojcik, who also scored Bradley’s game-winner in Friday’s 1-0 win against University of New Hampshire, was named The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic Most Valuable Player. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Braves goalkeeper Brian Billings and back Jason Coon and Johnny Contreras, a trio that spearheaded 185 minutes of scoreless defense on the weekend.

-Bob



Bradley University sophomore forward Desmond Campbell’s second goal of the day in the 76th minute lifted the Braves (2-1-1) to a 3-2, come-from-behind win against Nebraska-Omaha (1-2-0) Sunday afternoon in the final game of the 2012 Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic at Shea Stadium. The Mavericks stunned their hosts with a pair of first-half goals, benefitting from a pair of re-directions in the box. Nick Miller gave UNO a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when he top-footed a loose ball across the goal mouth. After Campbell answered with his first goal of the day in the 13th minute, Chava Garcia again put the Mavericks in front, 2-1, when he deflected a Vance Rookwood blast off his hip and past Bradley keeper Brian Billings at 27:25. Trying to fight back from a 2-1 halftime deficit, Bradley poured on the offensive pressure in the second half, rattling off the first 13 shots of the period.  But despite the onslaught, the Braves did not get the equalizer until the 63rd minute, when a flurry of shots resulted in a Mavericks handball in the box and a Bradley penalty kick. Junior midfielder Keegan Balle buried the opportunity at 62:48. Click here to view additional photo’s to purchase.

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-Bob

In a game matching a pair of unbeaten programs, #18 Bradley and Memphis combined for just one shot on goal in the second half, but it proved to be the game-winning strike as the visiting Tigers (5-0-1) handed Bradley (4-1-2) its first loss of the season Friday night with a 1-0 decision in the second game of the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic at Shea Stadium. Bradley controlled the possession for big chunks of the second half, outshooting the Tigers 7-2 after the break, but Memphis forward Mark Sherrod broke loose on a quick counter to score the game-winner at 80:14.  Running onto a long ball from Wil Linder, Sherrod lost his left shoe near midfield, but kept up his sprint into the left flank and hit a left-footed shot from the top of the 18 inside the right post for his fifth goal of the year and fourth game-winner.

-Bob

The ability to take advantage of the rare defensive miscue proved to be the difference Friday night as Dartmouth (3-1-0) rallied for a 2-1 men’s college soccer victory over the Bradley Braves (3-2-1) in front of 1,204 fans during the second game of  The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic at Shea Stadium.

-Bob

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