Anasi Leads Creighton to 1-1 Tie With Missouri State

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Stephanie Anasi netted her first career goal on Saturday
Courtesy: Creighton Media Services

OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton held a 1-0 lead on the Missouri State Bears for 86 minutes on Saturday, but couldn't hold off a late surge by the MSU offense and settled with a 1-1 tie to MSU.  The tie snapped Missouri State's seven-match win streak and now puts the Valley leaders at 10-3-2, 3-0-1.  Creighton remains undefeated in Valley play and now sits at 7-4-2, 2-0-1 in MVC play.

The tie continues the even series between the two schools, sitting at 6-6-6 all time.  The Jays still have not lost to the Bears in the last six matches between the two schools in Omaha (2-0-4).

Creighton wasted no time getting on the board on Saturday, notching the first goal of the match just 1:20 in.  Stephanie Anasi netted her first collegiate goal to give the Jays the early edge.  Lauren Cingoranelli booted the ball towards the goal from the near side and Anasi found herself in front of a wide open goal.  The freshman connected and put the ball into the top of the goal.

The Jays continued to apply offensive pressure and control the ball for the majority of the opening period.  Creighton finished the half with a 5-2 edge in shots, with both teams taking just one shot on goal each.  Alicia Montgomery finished the opening frame with one save in 45 minutes of play.

Creighton notched the first scoring threat of the second half, again applying the offensive pressure on the Bears.  Andrea Zuniga threaded a pass through the final line of Missouri State defenders, meeting the feet of Brittney Neumann and providing a one-on-one with the MSU goalkeeper Jessica Teahan.  A Missouri State defender came across the field and knocked the ball away just before Neumann could get a shot off, preserving just the one goal deficit.

The Jays caught a break in the 55th minute of play.  With the Bears on the attack, Bethany Smith broke free for a one-on-one of her own with Montgomery.  The Bluejay goalkeeper came off her line to challence Smith, who sent a shot just a step outside the far goalpost to keep the score at 1-0 in favor of the Jays.

But the Bears didn't stop their pressure offensively, tallying the match equalizer in the 87th minute of play.  After a bouncing ball appeared to be cleared by the Bluejay defense, Bethany Smith scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season by looping a shot into the top left corner of the goal over Montgomery's outstretched arms.

The Bears finished the second period with a 7-3 edge in shots, tallying a 9-8 lead in shots going into the extra period. 

Neither team recorded a goal in either of the two extra periods, although each team took three shots (Creighton put two on goal while Missouri State put one).  Montgomery finished the match with three saves.

Creighton will be in action again on Tuesday, when they travel to Des Moines, Iowa to take on the Drake Bulldogs.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.  The Jays will then host Indiana State on October 22 before their final regular season match at Illinois State on October 27.

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