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Bradley University reserve forward Aaron Birk blasted a shot from the top of the penalty area in the 47th minute and the laser found the top right corner for the game’s only goal as the Braves (13-6-2) earned a 1-0 win against Missouri State (11-5-2) in the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Sunday evening at Shea Stadium. Bradley claims its third MVC Tournament title and secures its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The start of the championship game was delayed three hours, the result of severe weather that rocked Central Illinois. Bradley allowed only three shots on goal and senior keeper Brian Billings made all three saves to earn the shutout and capture MVC Tournament MVP honors. Bradley will face a familiar foe when the Braves (13-6-2) open their seventh NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship Thursday at Northwestern (10-7-3) in a 7 p.m. first-round game at Lakeside Field.

-Bob



Preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite Creighton entered Saturday’s game leading the nation in three-point field goals and the Bluejays connected on 13 triples in an 83-65 victory against Bradley Saturday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum to spoil the Braves annual “pink” game. For the second consecutive game, sophomore Michelle Young had a career-high in points, finishing with 19 points to go with four assists and four steals to lead the Braves. Senior Katie Yohn added 15 points, four assists and three steals, while fellow senior Brooke Bisping chipped in with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Bradley (11-14 overall, 5-9 MVC) pulled even with Creighton early on at 7-7, before going seven minutes without a field goal. The Bluejays (20-6 overall, 12-3 MVC) took advantage of the drought, using an 11-2 spurt to go in front 20-11 and later stretched the advantage to 18 points (44-26) heading into the final minute of the period. Creighton led 44-28 at the half with Sarah Nelson and Alyssa Kamphaus combining for 24 points at the break. Yohn moved into ninth on Bradley’s career scoring list, passing Genny Mueller (1,269 points) with a 15-point effort.  BU’s all-time leader in three-point field goals with 196, Yohn now has 1,275 career points.

-Bob



Bradley shot 55 percent in the second half and used a 10-0 run early in the period to take control of what was a three-point game at the break as the Braves pulled away down the stretch for an 80-64 victory against visiting Winthrop Saturday night at Renaissance Coliseum. Junior Catie O’Leary paced three Bradley players in double figures with 18 points and finished with 12 made free throws to tie for the sixth most free throws made in school history. Joining O’Leary in double figures were sophomore Shronda Butts with 17 points and senior Katie Yohn with 12 points. Yohn scored nine of her 12 points in the final 12 minutes of the game to help BU pull away down the stretch, while O’Leary scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half. Butts pulled down a career-best seven rebounds and matched a career-high five assists to help lead the Braves’ offensive efforts. Bradley (4-3 overall) used a 9-2 run midway through the first half to go in front 16-12 and extended the lead to as many as eight points (26-18) with 5:46 to play on a pair of Butts free throws. The Braves had just one field goal in the final 6:34 of the period, however, allowing Winthrop to pull within three points (32-29) at the break. Click here to view more game photo’s.

-Bob

Bradley used an efficient offensive attack, matching a season-low with just seven attack errors, in a 25-23, 25-17, 25-20 victory against Indiana State to wrap up a season-long, four-match home stand Saturday at Renaissance Coliseum. Junior Amy Angelos had nine kills on 12 attacks with no hitting errors, while freshman setter Jessica Teel had a season-best 31 assists to help pace the Braves’ attack. The first set was close throughout with both teams hitting over .300 in the frame. With the score knotted at 22-22, a Madelyn Ervin kill gave BU a 23-22 edge. An Indiana State setting error put Bradley (8-14 overall, 2-9 MVC) in front 24-22 and the duo of Courtney Keefe and Allie Falter combined for a block after a Sycamore kill to close out a 25-23 Braves win. Click here for complete game box score.

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-Bob

Ken Goldin held numerous jobs the last 50 years at Bradley, from director of student activities to director of housing to director of auxiliary services to business manager. But to many in the mature crowd of 850 Friday at Renaissance Coliseum who attended “An Evening With Ken Goldin,” a tribute to Goldin’s half century of service at BU, he was simply “Moose, the Bradley guy who gets things done.” “Ken is the last member of our Bradley staff who actually walked the Hilltop with our beloved founder, Lydia Moss Bradley,” joked BU president Joanne Glasser, the first of six speakers at the affair besides master of ceremonies Dave Snell. “He came, he saw, he conquered. And he never left.” In a two-hour program Friday, the 75-year-old Goldin was toasted and roasted by Snell, Glasser, Mayor Jim Ardis, his daughter Kelly, Dr. Jim Erickson, Gary Anna and son-in-law Barney Winkler. But you can’t buy 850 friends. Besides having a great time Friday, which Ardis proclaimed as Ken Goldin Day in Peoria, those folks guaranteed Goldin and his late wife, Pat, will be long remembered at Bradley, contributing more than $50,000 to the Goldins’ endowed scholarship. Please check out one of my favorite songs written and performed by legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb “If You See Me Getting Smaller”. I think it really fits the career of one the finest gentleman that I have had the pleasure of knowing. Speaking for everyone who was in attendance Friday evening, thank you for everything you have done to make Peoria a better place. Click here to purchase photo’s.

-Bob

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