Bulldogs Capitalize On Senior Night With 2-1 Victory Past Bradley
The Bulldogs (8-5-3, 3-1-1 MVC) and Braves battled through a scoreless first half with Bradley registering a 9-5 advantage in shots in the game's initial 45 minutes.
Drake broke the stalemate in the 60th minute (59:25) when Williams connected on a header at the top of the six-yard box that beat Braves’ goalkeeper Brian Billings. The goal was set-up as a result of passes from redshirt sophomore Alec Bartlett (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) into senior Bryan Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan./Rockhurst) before Williams connected on his first goal of the season.
Williams extended Drake’s lead to 2-0 delivering a nearly identical goal at the 65:01 mark off an assist from Jantsch.
The Braves cut the deficit in half in the 77th minute (76:48) when Christian Okeke sent a laser that sailed past the goal line before being knocked out by a diving redshirt freshman goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario/Resurrection Catholic).
The Bulldogs were able to contain the Braves’ pressure, including a pair of shots on goal over the final 13:12, to secure a 2-1 victory.
Bradley finished the affair posting a 20-10 margin in shots, including 11-5 in the second half.
A game-high five-shot performance by Andrew Wojcik led the Braves, while senior Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin) paced the Bulldogs with a team-high three shots.
MacLeod recorded seven saves for Drake, including four in the second half, while Billings pulled in four stops for Bradley.
In a special pre-game ceremony the Bulldogs honored seniors Garrett Crall (Norwalk, Iowa), Eck, Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy), Jantsch, Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville) and Jackson Teeling (Waukee, Iowa/Dowling Catholic) along with fourth-year juniors Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport), Logan North (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) and Kevin Wilson (Ballwin, Mo./Chaminade College Prep).
Drake returns to action on Wednesday (Oct. 30) with a 7:00 p.m. non-conference showdown at No. 22 Creighton.