Eagles Strong Defensive Effort Not Enough Against Braves


PEORIA, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer fell to Bradley University on Tuesday, 1-0. The Braves scored in the second half through a Screaming Eagles defense that played an incredible 90 minutes. USI goes to 0-5-1 on the year while Bradley improves to 2-3-1.
The Eagles played a very strong first 45 minutes of the match, going into halftime with a 0-0 score line. Both teams went into the locker room tied 3-3 on shots and Bradley having to make two saves while USI goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) had to make just one.  Robert Schoenstein (Evansville, Indiana) had an incredible opportunity from a set piece just outside the box, but an incredible save had to be made by the Braves keeper to stop it from going in the top left corner.
Both teams continued to play pretty even to start the second half, but Bradley was able to get to advantage. At the 67:40 mark, Pepe Mellado slotted a pass from Jack Douglas into the bottom right corner past Meissner to give the Braves the 1-0 advantage.
The Eagles continued a strong final 22 minutes and had some incredible chances on the offensive end but just could not get that final equalizer. Schoenstein and Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri) led the team with two shots each. USI outshot Bradley 10-9 on the match and had a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal. Meissner made two saves on the night.