PRINCETON, N.J. (Oct. 7) - The No. 24 Creighton men's soccer squad takes center stage on national television this week at Princeton with a 6 p.m. CT live broadcast on ESPNU from the Tigers' Roberts Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
10/2: W, 1-0 vs. Loyola-Chicago
10/6: W, 1-0 (2OT) vs. SIUE
10/9: @ Princeton, 6 p.m. (CT) - ESPNU
10/13: @ Central Arkansas, 1 p.m. (CT)
The No. 24 Creighton men's soccer team posted its ninth consecutive shutout of a Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) opponent as senior Andrew Ribeiro scored the game-winning goal with 4:07 left in double overtime to defeat Southern Illinois Edwardsville 1-0 at Morrison Stadium Saturday, Oct. 6.
The Jays step out of conference to visit Princeton for a live nationally televised game on ESPNU at 6 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Creighton continues its road swing at Central Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 13 for its third MVC match of the season.
With the double-overtime shutout win over SIUE, the Jays have now held opponents scoreless in three consecutive contests for over 311 minutes following a 1-0 defeat of Loyola-Chicago (10/2) and a 0-0 draw at Drake (9/29).
Creighton looks to extend its shutout streak this week. The last goal surrendered by the Jays was in the 85th at Tulsa (9/25). The last score allowed to an MVC opponent by CU came in the conference opener last season (Oct. 12) versus Missouri State at 22:54. It's been over 1,002 minutes since Creighton allowed a goal to an MVC foe.
Senior captain Andrew Ribeiro scored the game-winning goal off a header from 10 yards out after a perfect crossing pass from sophomore Jose Ribas just past the midway point of the second overtime session. The goal was the first of the season for the Bluejay captain. Each of the last five goals scored by Ribeiro has been a game-winner including four winning tallies last season.
Freshman Timo Pitter leads the Jays' offense with eight points on the year with a trio of goals and a pair of assists. Other CU offensive leaders include senior Jose Gomez with seven points (two goals and three assists) and junior Sean Kim with six points (three goals).
Scouting the Princeton Tigers (5-3-1, 1-0-1 IVY):
Princeton faces its second consecutive ranked opponent at home when No. 24 Creighton invades Roberts Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The first-ever meeting between the schools will be nationally televised on ESPNU at 6 p.m. (CT).
Last time out, the Tigers battled No. 19 Brown to a 1-1 tie at home on Saturday, Oct. 6 in an Ivy League match. As a result, Princeton is tied with Brown at 1-0-1 in a two-way tie for second place in the league behind Cornell.
Princeton is 4-0-1 in their last five games. Two of Tigers' losses came to teams ranked among the top 15 in the nation, a 3-0 loss at No. 12 St. John's (9/5) and a 1-0 setback against No. 12 Georgetown (9/14). Princeton is 3-2-1 at home this season including a 0-1-1 ledger against ranked opponents.
Tiger freshman Thomas Sanner leads the team with 11 points, three goals and five assists. Senior Matt Sanner and sophomore Cameron Porter each have six points on the year with a pair of scores and two assists apiece.
Princeton has split time in goal this season between junior Seth MacMillan and senior Max Gallin. In six starts, MacMillan is 4-1-1 overall. He carries a 0.64 GAA and a 0.82 save percentage. Gallin is 1-2-0 overall with a 2.00 GAA and a 0.73 save percentage.
MF Eric Miller Named to U.S. Under-20 National Team
Creighton sophomore Eric Miller was one of 19 players selected to play for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team, announced late Monday Oct. 1.
U.S. National Team head coach Tab Ramos will lead the U.S. team in a series of international friendlies against Canada, Scotland and Azerbaijan from Oct. 6-17 at the 2012 Marbella Cup in Marbella, Spain.
"It is a huge honor to be selected to represent your country," said Miller. "I'm excited to be part of this team, to play against some of the best in the world."
Miller was granted an exception to play in the Jays' 1-0 victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Saturday, Oct. 6. He joined the U.S. Team on Sunday, Oct. 7. Miller will return to the Jays on Oct. 17, but will miss the Bluejays' matches at Princeton (Oct. 9), at Central Arkansas (Oct. 13) and vs. UMKC (Oct. 16).
One and Done
CU has won its last nine games that were decided by a 1-0 score, including a 4-0 record this season. The Jays are 5-0 in each of their last five road wins resulting in a 1-0 decision.
The Jays have not suffered a overtime loss in 12 matches dating back to a 3-2 setback in extra time to SMU on Sept. 17, 2010 at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic. During that span Creighton boasts a 7-0-5 record.
No Goals for You
Creighton has kept its last three opponents off of the scoreboard this season after wins over Southern Illinois Edwardsville (10/6) and Loyola-Chicago (10/2) along with a scoreless draw at Drake (9/29). The Jays have not allowed a goal since the 85th minute at Tulsa, a span of 311:52. In 2011, CU had two shutout streaks of 700+ minutes.
Creighton goalkeepers Alex Bolowich and Jeff Gal have combined for six shutouts this season.
Dominant MVC Defense
Creighton logged its ninth consecutive shutout of a Valley opponent in the 1-0 double-overtime win over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Saturday. The last goal surrendered to an MVC opponent by the Jays came in the conference opener last season (Oct. 12) to Missouri State at 22:54. It has been 1002:59 since Creighton allowed a goal to an MVC foe.