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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


For the second straight home game, Bradley dominated the shot count, but this time the Braves (6-4-2) got the result to match by earning a 2-0 victory versus Belmont University (4-6-2) Tuesday evening at Shea Stadium. Despite its 14-4 shooting advantage in the first half, it took an own goal to put the Braves on the board in the 36th minute. Andrew Brown started the scoring sequence with a long throw into the box from the right flank. The ball appeared to be ticketed for junior forward Desmond Campbell, but a Bruins player stepped in front.  His attempt to head the ball away, however, was mis-hit and the ball fell into a wide open net inside the left post for a 1-0 Bradley lead at 35:46. Bradley kept the pressure up in the second half and capitalized when senior forward Alon Badat drove home his team-leading fourth goal of the season. Senior goalkeeper Brian Billings made a pair of first-half saves, then needed only to break up a handful of crossing services in the second half to preserve the shutout, Bradley’s fifth of the season. Billings now shares second place with Adam Gross on Bradley’s all-time list with his 18th career shutout.

-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



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


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