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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

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

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

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