Bradley beats SIUE 2-1 to advance to MVC tournament semi-finals – The Bradley Scout

Bradley’s players attack the SIUE net. Photo courtesy of Bradley Soccer on Twitter

Bradley’s men’s football team beat Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Tuesday for the third time this season by a 2-1 score at Korte Stadium to advance to the semi-finals of the MVC Championship.

In a win or come home situation, the young team stepped up efforts to place the Braves in the MVC’s top four teams.

Both teams played very defensively in the first half and didn’t allow themselves to create many chances. SIUE had more chances to score, as they shot five times, while Bradley struggled to find the goal and only got one shot on target.

Senior goalie Bryce Logan was a key figure for Bradley in the opening 45 minutes as he made three saves to keep the score tied at halftime.

In the second half, the story was different for the Braves as they dominated and controlled the pace of the game. Bradley had 13 shots in the second half and played most of the time in enemy territory.

Bradley scored the first as sophomore Danny Collins scored a 54th-minute goal on two rebounds to give the Braves a temporary lead. The goal was Collins’ second of the season. The excitement won’t last long, as Harvey Moyes scored the equalizer soon after in the 56th minute to tie the game for SIUE.

Bradley remained resilient and in the 73rd minute sophomore Rasmus Smidtslund scored the match winner, his first goal of the season, after a brilliant cross from freshman Jared Sinnaeve and a nice assist from the head of sophomore Jack Douglas.

The closing minutes of the game were extremely intense as SIUE tried to tie the game, but Bradley’s defense was extraordinary and didn’t let the forwards create danger on Logan’s goal.

With only 9.2 seconds left on the clock, play was interrupted for a few minutes due to players arguing for a possible penalty, but resumed after a rather heated rally between the two teams.

“For me, as a coach, we handled the game well after the second goal,” said head coach Jim DeRose in a post-game video posted to the Bradley Soccer Twitter account. “I’m really proud of all the guys who played and the bench that gave us great energy all night.

The Braves added their third straight win this season against SIUE, a feat they haven’t accomplished against any opponent in a three-game streak since 2019 against Evansville.

The Braves will face the Missouri State No.10 in Springfield, Missouri, today at 6 p.m. ET. Bradley is looking to qualify for the MVC tournament final. The game will be available on ESPN +.

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