OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's soccer team suffered its second consecutive heartbreaking loss on a late goal, falling 2-1 to Illinois State on Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Jays Missouri Valley Conference opener.
The loss dropped the Bluejays to 3-7-2 on the season and 0-1-0 in MVC play. Illinois State, meanwhile, moved to 7-3-2 overall and 1-1-0 in Valley play.
Illinois State scratched the scoreboard first as Rachel Bostick headed in a crossing pass from Gabbi McArtor at 15:09. Bostick's goal bounced through the grasp of Creighton keeper, senior Katie Jo Swanson.
Senior Brittney Jo Swanson led her team back quickly as she gathered a pass from junior Lauren Cingoranelli near midfield and raced up the middle of the field. Neumann blazed past two Redbird defenders and blasted the game-tying goal from just over 30 yards away in the 18th minute.
It was Neumann's fifth goal of the season and her 29th career goal for Creighton.
The game remained tied into half, with the Jays holding a 6-5 shot advantage at the break.
Creighton returned to the field as the aggressor in the second half, but the defense for Illinois State held the Jays at bay.
The Bluejays defense also held firm in the second period, limiting the Redbirds to just three corners in the contest.
Unfortunately the MVC scoring leader, Illinois State's Rachel Tejada, found a way to break free in the closing minutes of the match for the game-winning goal. Bostick lofted a long lead pass to Tejada in the middle of the field in the 89th minute. The sophomore was able to dash ahead to draw Swanson out of the box. Tejada popped the ball over Swanson's head and into the net at 88:23 to give the match to Illinois State.
Swanson finished the game with two saves, while Illinois State's Mara Kremenovic nabbed six saves.
The Jays closed the match with a lead in corners, 8-3, and shots, 17-13.
The Jays return to action on Friday, Oct. 5 as Creighton travels to Terre Haute, Ind. to face the Indiana State Sycamores at 6 p.m.