Creighton Looks to Turn Things Around at Missouri State
10/5: L, 1-3 at Indiana State
10/11: L, 2-3 vs. Drake
10/14: at Missouri State, Plaster Field, 1:00 p.m.
Scouting the Creighton Bluejays (3-9-2, 0-3-0 MVC):
With three games remaining in the regular season, the Creighton Bluejays are searching for the recipe for success. Senior Brittney Neumann has done her part, the Omaha native leads Creighton with six goals and 13 points in 2012. She delivered her sixth goal on Thursday to push the Jays to a 1-0 lead against Drake, unfortunately the Bluejays were unable to hold on, falling 3-2 to the Bulldogs.
While Neumann has done the heavy lifting for the offense, the freshman class has chipped in with goals from five different first year players.
Defensively Creighton has turned to senior Katie Jo Swanson for every second in goal this season. Swanson’s Goals Against Average (GAA) is at 1.77 and with 84 saves in 2012. She has allowed 26 goals for a .764 save percentage.
vs. Missouri State
In 18 matches, the Jays and Bears are deadlocked with six victories each as well as six tied. Last season the two teams played to a 1-1 (2ot) tie in Omaha on Oct. 15. The last time the two squads met in Springfield, Mo. was on Oct. 22, 2010. Missouri State took that matchup, 2-1, in overtime. Each of the last three meetings between Creighton and Missouri State has gone to overtime. In seven matches in Springfield, the Jays at 1-5-1. Creighton’s lone victory at Missouri State came on Oct. 21, 2001, 2-1 (ot). Of the 18 meetings between Missouri State and Creighton, 11 have gone to overtime.
Scouting the Missouri State Bears (7-6-2, 1-1-1):
Missouri State stumbled through the first six matches, posting a 2-4-0 mark. As September began the Bears started to put things together with a 3-1 victory at Oral Roberts. Following a decisive 4-1 loss at Kansas, Missouri State rattled off three straight shutouts to down Western Illinois, North Dakota State and tie Southern Illinois Edwardsville.
In MVC play, Missouri State is 1-1-1, falling to Drake 3-0 (Sept. 22), tying Evansville 0-0 (Sept. 30) and besting Northern Iowa 3-1 on Oct. 6.
Junior Rachel Weimer and freshman Molly Brewer have paced the Missouri State offense. Weimer leads the Bears with five goals, while Brewer has five assists.
Defensively the Bears go the way senior Chelsea Vote has gone. An Omaha native, Voet has six shutouts in goal this season, but has allowed 18 goals in the remaining nine matches. For the season she has 62 saves, a 1.16 GAA and a .775 save percentage.