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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



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

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