CHAMPIONSHIP (NOV. 14) – Host and second-seeded Creighton earned the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, advancing after a 1-0 decison over top-seeded Missouri State. The Bluejays scored the lone goal of the match in the 38th minute when freshman Jose Ribas took a cross from Kris Clark into the side netting from 10 yards out. Creighton senior goalkeeper Brian Holt was named the Tournament MVP.
FRIDAY (NOV. 11) – Top-seeded Missouri State scored two first-half goals and held off a fiesty Drake down the stretch, as the Bears advanced to the title match of the State Farm MVC Men's Soccer Championship with a 2-0 victory over the Bulldogs. Missouri State's Jordan Hoffman put the Bears on the board in the 20th minute after picking up a defensive miscue and beat the Drake goalkeeper from 16 yards out. Heath Melugin netted his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 41st minute, giving Missouri State a cushion heading into the half. Drake pressed hard on the offensive front for most of the second half, but the Bullldogs were unable to cut into the early Missouri State lead.
Host and second-seeded Creighton got the lone goal of the match in the 59th minute when Jose Gomez tapped in the crossing pass off a deflection from Bradley's goalie, Brian Billings. The Gomez goal was the only tally the Bluejays would need, as they held off third-seeded Bradley to earn a spot in Sunday's State Farm MVC Men's Soccer Championship title game. Creighton will seek revenge against top-seeded Missouri State, the only team to score a goal on the Bluejays in MVC action this season.
WEDNESDAY (NOV. 9) – Fourth-seeded Drake upended No. 5 Central Arkansas, 3-0, in the opening quarterfinal game Wednesday in Omaha, Neb. The Bulldogs connected on goals by Charlie Schwartz, Ross Payne and Matt Kuhn, with his team-leading 11th goal of the season to give Drake the win. Schwartz scored on a free kick in the 38th minute to open up the stalemate, while Payne and Kuhn added the insurance goals in the 61st and 65th minutes, respectively, to secure the victory for the Bulldogs. Drake goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec tallied four saves for his fifth shutout of the season. The Bulldogs advance to Friday's MVC Tournament semifinals with top-seeded Missouri State at 3:00 p.m.
Bradley senior midfielder Christian Meza drilled the game-winning shot from just outside the penalty area in the 88th minute, lifting the No. 3 seed Bradley Braves to a 1-0 victory versus No. 6 seed SIU Edwardsville in the second quarterfinal game of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Wednesday night at Creighton's Morrison Stadium. Bradley was awarded its fifth corner kick in the 87th minute and the Braves subbed in forward Wojeich Wojcik before the restart. SIUE cleared away the service from Keith Mach, but defender Bobby Smith regained possession with a run to the endline. Wojcik collected Smith's service and passed to Meza at the top of the box, where the senior unleashed a laser past Cougars goalkeeper Scott Meyer for the game-winner at 87:16. The Braves advance to Friday's MVC Tournament semifinals with host and No. 2 seed Creighton at 6:00 p.m.
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION – The 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Championship will take place November 9, 11 and 13, at Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb., hosted by Creighton University. Bradley won the 2010 State Farm MVC Men's Soccer Championship, topping second-seeded SIUE, 0-0 (4-3 PKs), winning its sixth-ever MVC Tournament title. The Braves fell to Tulsa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, while the regular-season champion Creighton Bluejays earned an at-large bid and were eliminated in the second round at SMU.
Fans can follow the action at the 2011 State Farm MVC Men’s Soccer Championship online with live stats and video streaming, available on MVC Live.
NCAA TOURNAMENT – The winner of the championship earns the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. Pairings for the NCAA Championship (48 teams) will be announced Monday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m. (CST).
Quarterfinals -- Wednesday, November 9
Semifinals -- Friday, November 11
Finals -- Sunday, November 13