PREVIEW: SIUE vs. Bradley in MVC Title Game
Nov. 13, 2010
State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
SIUE vs. Bradley
Sun., Nov. 14
at Peoria, Ill. (Shea Stadium) - 1:06 p.m.
Today's game will be shown live at 1 p.m. on Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox College Sports (Central) and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Valley TV cameras will showcase Shea Stadium in Peoria for the 1 p.m. Central telecast. Sean Wheelock and Ty Keough will call the title match.
SIUE is 4-0-2 in its last six contests and 8-1-3 in its last 12 games, including a 3-2 overtime win at home against Bradley.
This is SIUE's first appearance at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. SIUE is an affiliate member of the MVC. SIUE men's soccer is the "fast track" sport for SIUE (as is softball) and is fully eligible for the NCAA Tournament. Most of SIUE's athletic program, like Eastern Illinois, is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.
On the line today is a bid to the NCAA Division I Soccer Championships, also known as a the College Cup. SIUE has made 22 appearances in the NCAA Tournament at the Division I and Division II levels. The Cougars won the College Division national championship in 1972 and the Division I national championship in 1979. SIUE's last appearance in the Division I Championship was 1982 when the Cougars were a national semifinalist before falling to Indiana.
SIUE has the best RPI of any school in the state of Illinois. SIUE, at 81, leads the pack and is followed by Northwestern (87), Bradley (94), Northern Illinois (109), Loyola (135),DePaul (140), Illinois-Chicago (143), Western Illinois (155), and Eastern Illinois (186).
SIUE has played three opponents which reside among the top 25 in the RPI. (SMU 4, Creighton 17, Tulsa 22).
The Cougars are now 9-0-1 all-time against Missouri State.
SIUE is 5-3 all-time against the Braves.
With Friday's win, SIUE equalled the number of wins posted over the past two seasons. Head Coach Kevin Kalish won five games in each of his first two seasons.
SIUE moved up one spot to fifth in the NSCAA Midwest Region poll. The list (in order) includes SMU, Creighton, Tulsa, UAB, SIUE, Drake, Kentucky, UMKC, Missouri State and Bradley.
Only seven teams in the country have had more home victories than SIUE. The Cougars are among 16 teams with seven home wins this season.
Chris Anzalone became the team's leading scorer with 15 points (7 goals, 1 assists.) Anzalone's seven goals are the most by a Cougar since Dustin Attarian scored 10 during the 2007 season.
No. 0 Nick Collico: Has four shutouts this season. Has recorded 51 saves in 12 games played (1,138 minutes).
No. 1 Scott Meyer: Was the starting goalkeeper this season and was first injured in the IUPUI game. Recorded one shutout and 27 saves in 559 minutes played.
No. 2 Jared Tejada: Speedy forward with two goals and three assists. He scored the game winner against Memphis in the SIUE Men's Soccer Classic. Was named the MVC's Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 27) after wins over Dayton and Memphis.
No. 3 Randy Roy: Team captain. Played in every game this season except the first Missouri State game as he was sitting out because of the card accumulation rule. He scored the game winner against Belmont.
No. 4 Chris Hopping: Mainly used in the midfield off the bench. Took two shots this season.
No. 6 Matt Spiess: Transferred into SIUE from UIC. He fell to a season-ending injury in the Central Arkansas game.
No. 7 Brian Groark: Scored two goals and added four assists. Recorded 16 shots. He will take some of the corner kicks for the Cougars.
No. 8 Jack Twellman: Has a penchant for being in the right place at the right time. He scored SIUE's overtime goals against Dayton and Bradley. His father, Mike, played on SIUE's 1979 Division I national championship team. There has been a Twellman on both national championship teams (1972 and 1979).
No. 9 Kevin Bielicki: Third in shots with 20. Scored 16 goals in his first two seasons as a Cougar. Has scored one goal this season with three assists. He will take some of the corner kicks for the Cougars.
No. 10 Justin Watson: Transfer from Memphis who has battled injuries throughout the season. Speedy front line man who has appearned in eight games.
No. 12 Ryan Wilhelm: One of six players who has appeared in all 18 games. Strong defender who has taken two shots.
No. 13 Peter Kelly: Played in just nine games during his sophomore season after falling to injury in the Oral Roberts game.
No. 14 Kyle Waller: Appeared in just four games and fell to a season-ending injury.
No. 15 Jose Tamayo: His first goal of the season came at a great time - the eventual game winner in the Missouri State win Friday.
No. 18 Jordan Barnes: Scored SIUE's first goal against Missouri State in the semifinals. Scored game winner in Drake victory.
No. 19 Chris Anzalone: Led the team in scoring with seven goals and one assist. The leading scorer in the Missouri Valley Conference with six goals during league play. He scored just six goals in his two previous seasons as a Cougar. Leader in shots (25) and shots on goal (16).
No. 21 Nash Maduekwe: Key defender who returns after sitting out Friday's game because of a red card in the first Missouri State game.
No. 22 Benny Jeffery: Excellent passer who leads the team in assists with six, including the first goal Friday. His only goal of the season was SIUE's first of the season in a 2-1 win over Belmont.
No. 23 Mike Jones: Key center back who delivered the assist on the game-winning goal. Will move up on deep throw ins and corner kicks. Scored on headers in back-to-back wins over Eastern Illinois and Central Arkansas.
No. 24 Aaron Lantz: Has come off the bench for eight games.
No. 30 John Berner: Goalkeeper who has not appeared this season.
SIUE Redshirts: No. 5 Austin Tierney, No. 11 Kevin Stoll (transfer from UIC), No. 16 Chris Garavaglia, No. 17 Steve McAnany, No. 20 Austin Cain, No. 25 Josh Ward, No. 26 Logan Spidle, and No. 29 Zach Hosler