TUlsa Men's Soccer Drops 2-1 Overtime Decision to No. 10 Bradley
Oct. 12, 2002
Morton, Ill. - Bradley junior midfielder Jon Caldwell scored 2:35 into overtime, lifting the #10 Braves (11-0-2, 3-0-0) to a 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference men's soccer victory versus Tulsa (7-5, 1-2) in front of 1,096 fans Friday night at McClallen Park.
The goal was Caldwell's third career goal. All three goals have come in Bradley's last four games and all three have been game-winners -- Sept. 29 in an eventual 4-0 home win versus Drury and Oct. 6 in the 89th minute of a 1-0 victory at Western Kentucky. Caldwell's golden goal also extended a trio of school-record streaks for the Braves. Bradley improved its season-long unbeaten streak to 13 games and extended its winning streak to eight games. The Braves also ran their unbeaten streak in overtime games to eight games (5-0-3) dating back to the 2000 MVC Tournament championship game loss to Creighton in four overtimes.
In an evenly played first half, sophomore forward Preston Good gave Bradley a 1-0 halftime edge by scoring his fourth goal of the year in the 37th minute. After sophomore Cody Kother and freshman Ken Hickman worked the ball to Good at the top right side of the penalty area, Good took a couple of touches before ripping a shot that deflected off Tulsa keeper Brent Salter's hands and bounced into the back of the net.
Bradley outshot its visitors 7-6 in the first half, both teams had three corner kicks and Tulsa was whistled for seven fouls, compared to five infractions against the Braves.
Tulsa began gaining momentum in the second half, then really put the pressure on after freshman Ryan Pore scored his ninth goal of the season in the 57th minute. Pore collected a chip pass from junior Bryan Rudd in the center of the penalty area, spun to his left and hit a low ball around screened out Bradley keeper Chris Dunsheath inside the right post.
The Golden Hurricane kept the pressure on and kept the Braves on the heels for the next 20 minutes until Bradley's depth began to take effect. Tulsa rotated only two reserves into the lineup Friday, while the Braves went seven deep on their bench.
Although Tulsa outshot Bradley 21-9 in the second half, the Braves had three good scoring chances in the final few minutes of regulation, then carried the momentum swing into overtime. After Ryan Raschke's corner kick was knocked around a couple of times, senior defender Tim Regan (Orland Hills, Ill./Carl Sandburg H.S.) found Caldwell on the right wing. Caldwell one-timed the bouncing ball from about 16 yards out, floating his shot over Salter into the top left corner.
While Tulsa finished with a 27-17 advantage in shots, both teams put 10 shots on goal. Salter came up with eight saves for the Golden Hurricane, while Dunsheath made seven saves to remain unbeaten in his first 13 career games.
Story courtesy of Bradley sports information
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