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Bradley University refused to let its record crowd go home disappointed, rallying for a 2-2 draw against the defending national champion and preseason No. 1 team, Notre Dame, in front of 3,099 fans Tuesday night at Shea StadiumJust when it seemed the visiting Irish took the life out of the crowd with a go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, the Braves netted its second equalizer of the night on Christian Okeke‘s toe poke inside the right post at 84:09. The fifth annual Danny Dahlquist Memorial Game was billed as the “Battle of Champions” and the exhibition lived up to the hype, despite its exhibition status.  While Notre Dame is the defending national champion, Bradley is the defending Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champion. As a preseason exhibition, and after the two teams also played a reserve game earlier in the evening, no overtime was played Tuesday.  Notre Dame earned a 1-0 victory in the 60-minute reserve game on the strength of Jon Gallagher‘s 52nd-minute goal.

-Bob






















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


Upsets were the theme of the opening day of the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship as sixth-seeded Central Arkansas and fifth-seeded Drake both advanced against their higher-seeded opponents Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. UCA (8-8-1) rode the first half goal of Daniel Sampedro and goalkeeper Cody Gibson to a 1-0 victory against third-seeded host Bradley (10-6-4). The Bears put together a combination on the right flank that sprang Sampedro into the penalty area, where he was able to beat the Braves goal keeper Brian Billings with a low shot inside the right post. Michael Quinn and Ethan Miller set up the goal, Sampedro’s third of the year, at 36:03. Final game stats.

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-Bob

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

Bradley freshman forward Jason Lesch and junior forward Wojciech Wojcik provided the first-half fireworks and Bradley Athletics supplied the postgame show as Bradley’s Homecoming crowd was treated to a 2-0 Braves victory Saturday night against Evansville at Shea Stadium. Bradley (8-4-2, 2-1-0 MVC) earned its fourth straight home win and guaranteed itself a winning home record for the fourth consecutive year and 15th time in 16 years. The Braves also improved to 5-1-0 all-time at Shea Stadium against Evansville (7-5-0, 1-1-0 MVC) with their third straight win overall against the Purple Aces. Although Evansville finished with a 21-17 advantage in shots, Bradley junior goalkeeper Brian Billings needed just three saves to record his fourth shutout of the season, while becoming the third keeper in Bradley history to register 30 career victories. Click here to view more photo’s from the game.

-Bob

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