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UNLV won the 2014 Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic on the shoulders of a historic effort by forward Salvador Bernal, who registered three goals and an assist in a 4-3 win against host Bradley (1-1-0) Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Bernals’s heroics came after Bradley stormed to a 2-0 lead 19 minutes into the game and the Braves opened the door to the rally by surrendering two penalty kicks. Bernal’s first goal came in the run of play, pulling the Rebels to within 2-1 by popping Kevin Partida‘s counter attack flank service off the right post and into the net at 34:20. He converted his first penalty kick attempt at 41:19 to forge a 2-2 halftime tie. The Braves grabbed the early lead when forward Christian Okeke worked the right flank, before feeding Cody Lofgren in a dangerous area. Lofgren’s blast deflected back to the top of the penalty area, where Andrew Brown collected the ball and curled in a shot over UNLV keeper Ryan Harding just 6:31 into the game.

All-Tournament Team
UNLV: Salvador Bernal (MVP), Connor Coletti, Kyle Mellies, Irvin Somera
Western Illinois: Armel Kouassi, Ben Fiddes, Yves Dietrich
Bradley: Andrew BrownChristian Okeke
San Jose State: Kyle O’Mahoney, Johnathan Colunga


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.


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.


Dayton defeated #25 ranked Bradley University at McClallen Park on Morton Community night, as the veteran Flyers used a pair of goals midway through the second half to pull away for a 3-1 exhibition road win. Evan McCreary scored the game’s first goal in the 17th minute, then tacked on the capper in the 67th minute to lead the Dayton effort. Greg Enstone earned the game-winning tally by finishing off his run through the box to push Dayton ahead, 2-1, in the 59th minute. The Braves bounced back from McCreary’s first goal by netting the equalizer just 59 seconds later when Wojciech Wojcik scored in traffic off a feed from Tapiwa Machingauta in the 18th minute. The Flyers finished the night with a 14-12 advantage in shots and limited the Braves to just three shots on goal. Click here to view photo’s to purchase.


Junior Keegan Balle recorded an assist for both teams as the #25 Bradley University Soccer team opened the preseason with a 1-1 draw in the annual Red-White Scrimmage Saturday night at Peoria Notre Dame High School. Playing three 25-minute periods with juggling lineups, defense dominated the night on the site of Bradley’s first-ever game as a NCAA Division I program 25 years ago. The first 25-minute segment saw the top defensive group go head-to-head against the top attacking unit and the defensive group stood strong as both sides managed just one shot in the first period. The second period featured a prominently veteran Red squad against a newcomer-dominated White side.  The veterans earned the advantage, though with a little help from a freshman.  In a sequence that started in the defensive half in the 32nd minute, the Red side built possession up the left flank toward midfield.  Freshman Joe Morales kept a Ross Williams centering ball moving forward to Balle, who sprang Wojciech Wojcik with a pass through the center of the defense.  Wojcik beat redshirt freshman keeper Shay Niemeyer to the ball at the top of the 18 and chipped the sliding White team keeper with a shot that rolled just inside the right post for a 1-0 Red team lead at 31:44. The 2012 Braves will face outside competition for the first time Tuesday when they host Dayton in a 7:30 p.m. exhibition game at Morton’s McClallen Park. Click here to view more images and purchase photo’s.

Saturday, Aug. 11 | Peoria, Ill. | Peoria Notre Dame H.S.
Red 1, White 1

Scoring Summary
Red, 31:44, Wojciech Wojcik (Keegan Balle, Joe Morales), Chipped keeper at the top of the box to right post
White, 74:40, Jochen Graf (Balle, Grant Bell), 30-yard blast from right flank inside left post

Shots:  Red 7, White 8
Shots on Goal:  Red 3, White 2
Corner Kicks:  Red 2, White 5
Saves:  Red 1, White 2
Offsides:  Red 0, White 0

Red:  Brian Billings (25 minutes, 1 save, 0 GA); Logan Ketterer (25 minutes, 0 saves, 0 GA); Raciel Ocampo (25 minutes, 0 saves, 1 GA)
White:  Shay Niemeyer (25 minutes, 1 save, 1 GA); Raciel Ocampo (25 minutes, 1 save, 0 GA); Logan Ketterer (25 minutes, 0 saves, 0 GA)


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