OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's soccer team was eliminated from the Valley Tournament on Sunday, but the season didn't end in a loss. Instead, a double overtime tie, with Northern Iowa advancing in a shootout, 5-3. The Bluejays end their season with a 9-6-3 overall record.
The two teams each converted their opening round kick, with the Panthers shooting first, followed by the Jays. A second round miss by Creighton proved to be the deciding factor, as UNI converted each kick eliminating the need for the Jays to take their fifth and final kick.
Creighton has now played in an overtime match in the Valley Tournament in five straight years, holding a 2-0-3 record in the matches. The tie also prevents Creighton from winning 10 or more matches in a season for the first time since 2006.
"It really just comes down to we couldn't do enough on the day to deserve a win," said head coach Bruce Erickson. "We weren't at our best today, there was something just off. The conditions really favored the team with the wind at their backs, but we couldn't capitalize when we had it. Hats off to UNI, they played hard today and were physical, and we just never quite got going."
The two teams played scoreless soccer in the opening half, with the Bluejays holding the edge in shots 6-4 at the break. Andrea Zuniga and Brittney Neumann each took two in the opening frame, while Alicia Montgomery finished with two saves in the half.
The second half played out much like the first one, with neither team able to convert a scoring chance into a goal. Creighton finished the second period with a 7-4 advantage in shots.
The two overtime periods were dominated by the Jays, with Creighton outshooting the Panthers 6-1 in the combined 20 minutes. The Jays ended the day with a 19-9 edge in shots, including a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Nine Bluejay seniors played their final match in white and blue, finishing their overall career with a 49-22-8 overall record. It marks the best four-year span in Creighton history.