OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's soccer team fell to 3-9-2 on the season with a 3-2 loss to Drake on Thursday, Oct. 11.
The loss also dropped the Jays to 0-3-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). Drake, meanwhile, moved to 12-3-1 on the season and 3-0-1 in MVC play.
The Bluejays got on the board first behind senior Brittney Neumann's sixth goal of the season in the 28th minute.
Freshman Kaelyn Korte threaded a pass between two Drake Bulldogs directly to Neumann's right foot near the left corner of the goal box. Korte's pass allowed Neumann to race in front on the Drake defender, then pop a shot over Drake's Kalena Litch to give Creighton a 1-0 lead at 27:42.
The goal was Neumann's 30th in her Creighton career, moving her into a tie for third-place in Jays' history with Kalan Malone (1993-96).
The Bulldogs battled back in short order as Drake got an unassisted goal by Generve Charles at 31:23. Charles collected a blocked shot, then sent a looping shot past Creighton keeper, senior Katie Jo Swanson, from 12 yards away to knot the game at 1-1.
It remained deadlocked through halftime, however, Drake capitalized early in the second period on the Bulldogs first corner kick. Laura Moklestad sent the corner into the middle where it found the head of Megan Fisher, who sent it into the back right corner of the goal for a 2-1 Drake lead.
Creighton battled through the next 20 minutes searching for an equalizer. Finally on the third consecutive corner, freshman Jill Richgels took matters into her own hands. Richgels has been entering every corner from early in the season, in the 73rd minute she bent an entry from the left corner into the upper left corner of the net for her second goal to tie the match at 2-2.
The tie, however, did not last long as Drake answered in 54 seconds. The Bulldogs moved the ball into the Jays zone with the next possession and capitalized. Paige Dusek fired the first shot of the opportunity, but was blocked by a Creighton defender. The ball trickled directly to Ashlie Stokes, giving her a chance to reclaim the lead for Drake. Stokes did not miss the chance, sending in her seventh goal of the season on a ball from 14 yards out.
Drake kept the Jays at bay the rest of the way, claiming the 3-2 win.
The Bluejays outshot Drake 22-10 in the match and finished with an 8-1 edge on corners.
Swanson finished the match with two saves, while Litch posted 10 saves in the win.
Creighton is back in action on Sunday, Oct. 14 as the Jays travel to Springfield, Mo. to face Missouri State at 1 p.m.