Chris Schuler scored the golden goal in the first overtime as Creighton beat Bradley, 2-1, in the title game of the 2006 State Farm MVC Championship in Peoria, Ill. With the win the Bluejays earned the league's automatic bid and will represent The Valley in the 2006 NCAA Tournament -- their 15th consecutive NCAA trip.
Schuler's heroics were set up by a goal by sophomore Byron Dacy with just 4.4 seconds remaining in regulation. Bradley had scored its goal in the 61st minute on a penalty kick by Joe Donoho. Schuler was one of four Bluejays named to the league's all-tournament team. Dacy was the league tournament MVP.
2006 State Farm MVC All-Tournament Team
Creighton: Byron Dacy (MVP), Chris Schuler, Tim Bohnenkamp, Michael Kraus
Bradley: Mike Haynes, James Hedges, Zach Bell
Eastern Illinois: Mick Galeski, Brad Peters
Drake: Ryan Moylan, Luke Frieberg
Missouri State: Justin Douglass
Evansville: Kieran Purcell
State Farm MVC Tournament Bracket
The 48-team NCAA bracket will be announced on ESPNews on Monday, Nov. 6, between 3-4 p.m. CT.
Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Quarterfinals (Seeds 3-6)
Game 1: #6 Eastern Illinois 3, #3 Missouri State 1 | Recap
Game 2: #4 Drake 2, #5 Evansville 0 | Recap
Friday, Nov. 3 – Semifinals
Game 3: #2 Creighton 2, Eastern Illinois 0 | Recap
Game 4: #1 Bradley 0, Drake 0 (BU advances 5-3 on PKs) | Recap
Sunday, Nov. 5 – Championship (FSN/Comcast)
Game 5: Creighton 2, Bradley 1 (ot) | Recap
The State Farm MVC Tournament Championship aired live on FSN Midwest, Fox College Sports, Comcast SportsNet and Metro Sports. on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. Veteran broadcasters Dan McLaughlin and Tony Hubert (analyst) called the action from Bradley’s Shea Stadium.
All seven Valley teams have been to the league tournament previously. Creighton has the best success in previous tournaments, going 24-5-1 in 14 previous visits, with nine titles. Of the league’s current seven members, only Creighton (nine times, Evansville (1996) and Missouri State (1999) have won a tournament crown. Notably, only four teams (of 11) that have hosted the State Farm MVC Championship have won the tournament in the previous 15 years (four were played at a neutral site in St. Louis). In fact, the first four tournaments were won by the host, and the host has not won the title since 1994. The host has played in the championship game nine times (in 11 campus-site tournaments).