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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


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



Junior midfielder Cody Lofgren scored his second game-winning goal in as many games, leading third-seeded and host Bradley University (12-6-2) to a 3-0 victory versus second-seeded Drake University (8-8-4) in the semifinals of the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Friday night at Shea Stadium. Lofgren also set up Bradley’s second goal less than four minutes later when a Bulldog defender was called for a hand ball in the penalty area while attempting to block a Lofgren breakaway shot. Junior defender Zach Kovacevic buried the resulting penalty kick at 52:13 for his third goal of the year. Bradley senior goalkeeper Brian Billings made four saves and got a little help from forward Christian Okeke, who cleared a header from Nick Marshall at the right post in the 69th minute, for his eighth shutout of the season and the Braves ninth clean sheet of the year.

-Bob

Bradley University made Evansville pay for its constant pressure by scoring three counter-attack goals, including Cody Lofgrens golden goal in the 102nd minute, as the third-seeded, host Braves (11-6-2) advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship with a 3-2 win Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. Bradley will face second-seeded Drake in Friday’s 6 p.m. Senior Brian Billings, who recorded a career-high 13 saves one game after setting his previous single-game best with 11 saves Saturday at Evansville, made his best save of the night pay big dividends. After Billings made a diving catch of a Faik Hajderovic shot to the left post, Evansville made one last rush off the resulting punt. The Braves stopped the rush then headed the other direction when defender Zach Kovacevic played the ball ahead. Wojcik Wojciech collected and knocked the ball over the top for Lofgren on the left flank. Purple Aces junior goalkeeper Eric Teppen was undecisive with his first move and Lofgren won the race to the ball, shooting over the charging keeper from 25 yards out for the golden goal at 101:43.

-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


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