Men’s Soccer Opens 2016 MVC Tournament Against Bradley

first_imgStory Links Live Stats Drake is the No. 6 seed for the tournament after finishing the regular season 2-5-1 in MVC play and 5-11-1 overall. Bradley is No. 7 seed after going 0-7-1 in MVC games and 2-14-3 overall. The Bulldogs are the defending MVC Tournament champions as they won three matches last year in Edwardsville, Ill. including a 1-0 win over host, SIUE, in the title game, to claim their second-ever MVC tournament title. Drake and Bradley are longtime rivals as the Bulldogs and Braves have played 40 matches all-time. Drake holds a 20-17-3 advantage in the series after winning both of the regular season matches between the teams. The Bulldogs held on for a 1-0 victory over the Braves on Oct. 11 at home on a late goal from redshirt Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn.). On Oct. 26 in Peoria, Ill., Drake claimed a 2-1 win on a golden goal by sophomore Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.) late in the second overtime session. Drake and Bradley met in the tournament semifinals a year ago as the Bulldogs earned a 2-0 win over the Braves. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario) and redshirt senior James Grunert (Muskego, Wis.) are the leaders of the Bulldogs’ back line. This season MacLeod became the program’s all-time leader in nearly every goalkeeper statistical category. His name is in the top spot for games, minutes, saves, shutouts and wins. Grunert is the most experienced defender for the Bulldogs with 61 career appearances. He missed four matches this season due to injury, but has played nearly every minute in the nine matches since his return.A win over Bradley sets up a matchup with Evansville. The Purple Aces rallied for a 4-3 win in the regular season meeting between the teams on Oct. 22 in Des Moines. Drake leads the all-time series 15-12-2. Print Friendly Version The Valley On ESPN3 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake University men’s soccer team and Bradley University start the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in the opening round game on Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium on the campus of Missouri State University. This will be the 21st MVC tournament appearance in program history for Drake, who has an 11-16-2 record at the tournament with 13 semifinal appearances and two titles (2009, 2015). The winner of Tuesday’s match will advance to take on No. 3 Evansville in the quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Every match of the MVC Tournament will be shown live on The Valley On ESPN3 with Sean Wheelock (play-by-play) and Ty Keough (analyst) on the call. Senior forward James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) leads the offensive attack for the Bulldogs this season. Wypych ranks third in the league with eight goals and is tied for fifth in assists with five. Junior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) is second on the team with five goals. LeMay and Jaimes are next with two goals each. In the midfield, senior Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa), is the field general of the team. Sunday, a preseason member of the prestigious MAC Herman Watch List, has started 16-of-17 matches and played a team-high 1,458 minutes.last_img