Evansville Heads Home OT Winner, Tops Bradley
Sunday, November 02, 2008

Evansville improved its situation for seeding in the MVC Tournament and kept its chances alive for a third-place finish in the regular-season standings with a 2-1 overtime win over Bradley at Black Beauty Field in Evansville, Ind., on Sunday.  The Aces can claim the third seed in the MVC Tournament (Nov. 12-14-16 in Evansville) with a win over Drake next Saturday.  Just two conference matches remain on the schedule – Creighton at Eastern Illinois and Drake at Evansville (Nov. 8) – both of which have seeding implications.  Missouri State (3-1-1 MVC) and Bradley (1-4) have completed its conference schedules. 

 

Evansville 2, Bradley 1 OT

UE (9-6-1, 2-2 MVC); BU (6-10-1, 1-4 MVC)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville men’s soccer team used a relentless offensive attack on Sunday afternoon to come out victorious over the Bradley University Braves 2-1 in overtime in front of 709 fans at Black Beauty Field.

 

Tom Irvin scored the winning goal on a header 7:52 into the first overtime period.  Irvin was set up on the goal, his third of the season, by Richard Menjivar and Robby Lynch.  As a team, the Aces offense put up 25 shots, seven on goal, while allowing only ten Bradley shots, five on goal, in the victory.

 

Bradley got the scoring started just 8:14 into the contest on a header by Tommy Fritze off of a free kick by Rudy Garcia.  The Aces would answer quickly however, scoring just over ten minutes later at the 19:51 mark in the first half.

 

Richard Menjivar took control of a loose ball on the right side of the box and shot it into the top-right corner of the goal to tie up the game, 1-1.  The goal was Menjivar’s first of the season.

 

Evansville kept the pressure on the Bradley defense throughout the game, coming within inches of a goal on several occasions.  In fact, two of Lynch’s four shots hit the top of the goal before being recovered by the Braves defense.

 

With the win, Evansville improves to 9-6-1 on the season, 2-2 in the MVC.  Bradley falls to 6-10-1, 1-4 in conference play.

 

Evansville can finish as high as third in the Missouri Valley Conference standings with a win over Drake on Saturday.  Saturday’s game will be Senior Night for the Aces and the final game before the MVC Tournament, beginning the following week on Wednesday, Nov. 12.