Bradley senior forward Bryan Gaul (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley H.S.) is receiving plenty of attention for his weekend performance after leading the Braves (2-0-0) to a pair of season-opening road wins. Gaul has been named the National Player of the Week by both CollegeSoccerNews.com and TopDrawerSoccer.com, as well as the Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Gaul contributed to four of Bradley's five goals during the team's weekend sweep through Indiana, a 4-1 win Friday night at #21 Butler and a 1-0 win Sunday afternoon at IPFW. He assisted Christian Meza's seventh-minute goal at Butler, then scored the next two on his own from a combined 70 yards. Gaul's 40-yard, left-footer in the 17th minute gave the Braves a 2-0 lead and proved to be the game-winner.
In Sunday's win at IPFW, Gaul was taken down in the box while making a penetrating drive on the right flank in the 40th minute and calmly converted the resulting penalty kick for his third goal of the weekend and second game-winner.
Gaul becomes the second player in Bradley history to earn national player-of-the-week accolades, joining Gavin Glinton, who earned the honor from College Soccer Online Nov. 9. 1998 after scoring consecutive game-winners versus Creighton and Drake to secure Bradley's first-ever MVC regular-season championship.
In addition to the player-of-the-week awards, Gaul becomes a three-time, team-of-the-week selection as one of the nation's top 11 players for a given week. He previously was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week Sept. 8. 2009 after leading the Braves to the championship in the Busey Bank Kickoff Classic at Shea Stadium in his former role as a left back, as well as the CollegeSoccerNews.com Team of the Week Oct. 25, 2010 after scoring in consecutive Valley games versus Eastern Illinois and Evansville (game-winner). His three national team-of-the-week honors are the most in program history.
Still checking in at No. 37 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 48 National Rankings, Bradley is now among the "others receiving votes" in the CollegeSoccerNews.com Top 30 national poll.
The Braves will open their 2011 home schedule by hosting former Missouri Valley Conference rival Eastern Illinois Thursday and Green Bay Saturday. Both games will kick off at 7 p.m. at Shea Stadium. Single-game tickets are available for purchase one hour prior to kickoff at the Shea Stadium Box Office and are $6 for adults, $3 for youth (K-12) and free for Bradley University students, faculty and staff, as well as active members of the military and their immediate families, all with valid identification. Season tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for youth (K-12) and are available for purchase at the Renaissance Coliseum Box Office.
article courtesy BU Sports Information