Men’s Soccer Wins MVC
For the second time, a Bradley men’s soccer player was named Player of the Year in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Braves also beat Missouri State 1-0 to win the MVC Tournament and the automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament. Bradley defeated Northwestern 3-2 in overtime in the NCAA’s opening round but saw its run end with a 3-1 second-round loss to the University of California.
Forward Wojciech Wojcik ’14 broke the school’s single-season assist record and tied for the most assists in the country, becoming the first Bradley soccer player to lead the nation in a statistical category. Chosen as the MVC’s top player by the conference’s seven head coaches, he also was the University’s only first-team All-Conference selection and later was named first-team All-Midwest Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) and Continental Tire. Winning honors in the classroom as well, Wojcik was selected to the NSCAA University Level Men’s Scholar All North/Central Region first team and was one of 11 players nationwide chosen for the NSCAA Scholar All-America squad.
Bradley’s Christian Okeke ’17 was voted MVC Freshman of the Year. He scored two of the Braves’ three goals in the MVC quarterfinal victory over Evansville and is the fourth Bradley player honored as the MVC’s top first-year player. Okeke represented the Braves on the All-MVC second team along with forward Alon Badat ’14, defender Grant Bell ’16, and goalkeeper Brian Billings ’14, who had seven shutouts during the regular season. Billings also was named a second-team All-Regional choice while Bell and Okeke were selected for the third team. Badat, meanwhile, was honored on the Scholar All-North/Central Region second team. Defender Jason Coon ’14 earned honorable mention All-Conference honors.
Head coach Jim DeRose was named NSCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year — the third time in his 18-year Bradley career.
The Braves had four players named to the MVC’s soccer Scholar-Athlete team, sharing the top spot for most representatives on the squad. Badat and Wojcik were chosen for the first team while Coon and Scott Davis ’14 were honorable mention.
Mary Swanson, women’s golf head coach, was chosen the Missouri Valley Conference’s Coach of the Year. She is the first golf coach in 10 years to win that distinction while not leading the MVC champion. Bradley finished tied for third at the conference meet in April, its best finish since 2007.
Danielle Lemek ’16 was on par for success this spring as she was named Newcomer of the Year in the MVC and won All-Conference honors in golf. She also was selected the Alumni B-Club Most Outstanding Female Athlete for the year.
Lemek played in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in August at Charleston, S.C. She finished tied for 123rd with a two-day score of 157.
Bradley will host the 2014 MVC Women’s Golf Championship in April at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield.