PEORIA, Ill. - After earning the program's seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013, Bradley Soccer begins preparation for the 2014 campaign Saturday when the Braves open their 5-game spring exhibition schedule at Western Illinois.
Saturday's matchup of local rivals is slated for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Western Illinois' MacKenzie Alumni Field. The Braves will continue their spring schedule April 5 versus Air Force in Kansas City, before visiting fellow 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Milwaukee April 12. Bradley's lone home exhibition game is slated for April 26 against Kentucky and the Braves will return to Milwaukee to close out the spring season May 3 in a neutral-site match against Green Bay.
Bradley returns 19 players from the 2013 squad that finished 14-6-2 overall, won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.