OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's soccer team welcomes the Drake Bulldogs on Thursday, Oct. 11. The Jays are looking for their first win in the MVC in 2012.
10/5: L, 1-3 at Indiana State
10/11: vs. Drake, Morrison Stadium, 7:00 p.m.
10/14: at Missouri State, Plaster Field, 1:00 p.m.
Scouting the Creighton Bluejays (3-8-2, 0-1-0 MVC):
Coming off the difficult loss at Indiana State the Jays have four matches remaining in the 2012 regular season. Creighton has a golden opportunity to gain ground on the rest of the Missouri Valley Conference this week as the Bluejays face the conference leader (Drake) and the team in second place (Missouri State).
Senior Brittney Neumann, who was held without a shot in the loss to the Sycamores, will look to get back on track. Neumann leads the Jays in goals (5), points (11), shots (38) and shots on goal (18).
In goal the Jays continue to rely on senior Katie Jo Swanson, who has played every second for Creighton this season. Swanson’s Goals Against Average (GAA) is at 1.68 and with 82 saves in 2012. On the season Swanson has allowed 23 goals for a .781 save percentage.
The matchup between Creighton and Drake will be the Jays “Think Pink” game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The Jays will be wearing Pink Jerseys during the contest.
Creighton leads the series between the two schools 8-5-0, including a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs last season in Des Moines. Creighton is 4-1-0 when facing Drake at Morrison Stadium. The two teams have met three times in the post season, with Creighton winning all three matches (a 1-0, double overtime win in 2003, a 3-1 win in 2004 and a 1-0 victory in 2005.)
Drake Bulldogs (11-3-1, 2-0-1):
Drake has been the surprise team in the MVC this season. Drake opened the year with upset victories over Northern Illinois (2-1 on Aug. 17) and at Nebraska (1-0 on Aug. 19). After dropping the next two, the Bulldogs have won nine of their last 11 matches, including a 1-0 victory over Evansville on Oct. 7.
Drake has been steadied all season in goal by junior Kalena Litch, who has won the MVC Goalkeeper of the Week Award four times this season. Litch has played every second for the Bulldogs, collected six shutouts on the season. She has allowed just 12 goals in 15 matches to amass an 0.78 GAA. Her save percentage is also a robust .852.
Offensively Drake turns to sophomore Ashlie Stokes, junior Generve Charles and senior Laura Mokelstad. That trio has combined for 15 goals, including eight game-winners. The group also has a combined seven assists for a total of 37 points on the year.
Five Freshman With at Least One Goal:
The Bluejays continue to get their new class involved this season. Five of the 10 freshmen have already recorded their first goal as a Jay, boosted by Jill Richgels driving in her first in Creighton’s 3-1 loss at Indiana State on Oct. 5. The other freshmen to record a goal this season are Alyssa Jara, Alissa Kohmetscher, Kaelyn Korte and Maddie Nelson. The last time Creighton had five freshman score a goal was in 2000, when Krystle Campa, Franny Hylok, Lindsey Martinson, Julie Meiners and Lourdes Quigley all scored.