The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team rounded out a stretch of five straight matches away from home with a 1-0 setback to Bradley in Peoria, Ill. on Sunday. A goal by Walid Kherat in the 67th minute proved to be the difference in the match.
How It Happened
- Valpo created an immediate chance in just the second minute of play when Ryan Madondo (Franklin, Tenn. / Franklin Road Academy [East Tennessee State]) placed an effort on frame that was saved by Bradley’s Nathan Wisbey.
- Madondo again put one on goal in the 20th minute, but Wisbey was once more there for the stop.
- After turning away a header shot by Roman Schindler in the 25th minute, Vapo goalkeeper Edvin Holst (Stockholm, Sweden / Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium Jaraplan) made a string of saves with additional stops coming in minutes 34 and 37 to keep the match scoreless at halftime.
- Valpo had the first two shots on goal of the second half with Joe Kouadio (London, England / Moorland School) and Madondo accounting for them.
- A team save helped Valpo keep it tied in the 60th minute, but in the 67th minute, the Braves (5-5-4, 4-3-2) cracked the scoreboard. Kherat scored the goal with Jacob McKee and Nick Feeney providing assists. The goal came on a flick from a long throw-in.
Inside the Game
- Holst finished with five saves, while Bradley’s Wisbey had four.
- Four of Valpo’s seven shots were on frame.
- Madondo had a team-high three shots, all of them on goal.
Thoughts from Head Coach Mike Avery
“It was a tough one for us today. We competed well but we were just a step off or a step behind in most things. We’ve been on the road for what feels like forever, and we’ve played 10 out of 14 games away from home, so it may be understandable that we are a bit road weary. However, it’s still disappointing because even not quite ourselves, we still had plenty of chances to win the game. Full credit to Bradley, though, they were a bit more proactive on the day and deserved the result they got.”
Valpo (3-10-1, 2-5-0 MVC) will take on the only team in the nation that has a perfect record on Wednesday afternoon as Missouri State (13-0-0) comes to Brown Field. Note the unusual start time with kickoff slated for noon on ESPN3.