Men's Soccer Weekly Notebook (Oct. 21)
A big week lies ahead on the conference schedule, as six games dot the league calendar, with five of the seven teams facing two Valley opponents this week.
On Wednesday, Loyola (0-3) welcomes Drake (2-1), Missouri State (3-0) hosts Central Arkansas (0-1-1) and Bradley (1-0-1) greets SIUE (1-1). On Saturday, Bradley heads to Drake, Evansville makes the trip to Central Arkansas and Loyola visits SIUE.
NCAA Division I Top-10 Statistical Rankings
The league has several teams and individuals that rank in the nation's top-10 in various statistical categories, including:
Missouri State - 1st in Goals Against Average (0.43)
Evansville - 2nd in Assists/Game (2.77)
Evansville - 3rd in Total Assists (36)
Evansville - 5th in Total Points (90)
Missouri State - 6th in Shutout Percentage (0.62)
Faik Hajderovic, Evansville - 1st in Assists/Game (1.08)
Faik Hajderovic, Evansville - 1st in Total Assists (14)
Trevor Spangengerg, Missouri State - 2nd in Goals Against Average (0.425)
In the NCAA's most recent RPI ratings (Oct. 21), the Valley boasts four teams in the top-100, including Drake (No. 42), Bradley (No. 74, Evansville (No. 86) and Missouri State (No. 97).
NSCAA Midwest Regional Rankings
Five league teams are also represented in the latest NSCAA Midwest Regional rankings (Oct. 15), led by Evansville (No. 4), Missouri State (No. 7), Drake (No. 8), Bradley (No. 9) and SIUE (No. 10).
This week's Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are Bradley's Alon Badat and Missouri State's Trevor Spangenberg.
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Alon Badat, Sr., F, Bradley
Badat was the only Bradley player to find the back of the net in the Braves’ two games last week, scoring each of Bradley’s final three goals in the 2-0 wins against Belmont and Loyola Chicago. After the Braves got on the board with an own goal in the 36th minute of Tuesday’s game against Belmont, Badat scored a one-timer from Desmond Campbell’s cross in the 51st minute for a 2-0 Bradley lead against the Bruins. Badat added a pair of second-half goals in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Loyola, driving home a loose ball from eight yards out in the 69th minute, then making a long and magical run through Loyola’s defense for the insurance goal in the 81st minute. Badat now has scored three consecutive Bradley goals twice this season and has taken over as the team’s scoring leader with six goals on the season, third-most in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Other Notable Performances: Jarred Arde (DU); Jack Roberts (MSU).
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Trevor Spangenberg, Sr., GK, Missouri State
Senior goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg tied the school record with his fifth consecutive shutout on Saturday night at Evansville. Spangenberg’s 14th career clean sheet moves him into sole possession of 4th all-time in the Missouri State record books, passing Matt Pickens. Missouri State is the NCAA Division I leader in goals against average and Spangenberg ranks second in the nation with his individual 0.425 GAA. Spangenberg also lowered his career goals against average to 0.72, which is now best in Missouri State history. The MVC leader in g.a.a., save percentage, and shutout percentage is having a phenomenal senior season, after missing all of last year due to injury.
Other Notable Performances: Grant Bell (BU); Logan North (DU)