WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. - Bradley refused to let its record crowd go home disappointed, rallying for a 2-2 draw against the defending national champion and preseason No. 1 team, Notre Dame, in front of 3,099 fans Tuesday night at Shea Stadium.
Just when it seemed the visiting Irish took the life out of the crowd with a go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, Bradley netted its second equalizer of the night on Christian Okeke's toe poke inside the right post at 84:09.
The fifth annual Danny Dahlquist Memorial Game was billed as the "Battle of Champions" and the exhibition lived up to the hype, despite its exhibition status. While Notre Dame is the defending national champion, Bradley is the defending Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champion.
The game was a homecoming for Notre Dame senior Vince Cicciarelli, a former star player and state champion at Peoria Notre Dame High School. He left the game with a broken nose late in the second half.