Bluejays Win Fourth Straight, Blank Central Arkansas 3-0
CONWAY, Ark. (Oct. 13) - The No. 24 Creighton men's soccer team won a fourth straight match for the first time this season as the Jays downed Central Arkansas 3-0 for their tenth consecutive shutout of a Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) opponent Saturday afternoon.
Creighton freshman Timo Pitter posted his first career two-goal game and his second game winner in four contests. Senior Jose Gomez scored his third goal of the season and posted his sixth assist in four games in the victory at UCA.
The Jays improve to 9-3-2 overall and lead the MVC with a 2-0-1 record. The Bears dropped their fifth straight match to fall to 6-6-0 overall and 0-2-0 in the conference.
Pitter got the Jays' offense started early, scoring the first goal in the fourth minute off of a crossing pass from junior Bruno Castro. It marked Pitter's fourth goal of his career and first on the road. Castro's assist was his second of the season.
Gomez recorded a goal of his own minutes later by putting it into the left side of the Bears' net from 20 yards out in the tenth minute of the contest.
In the 56th minute of the second half, Gomez fed Pitter on the Jays' final goal of the game. Pitter placed the ball in the bottom right corner of the UCA net from 15 yards out to complete the scoring.
CU freshman goalkeeper Jeff Gal earned his third shutout of the season by making six saves against the Bears and improved to 5-0 in 2012.
With the 3-0 win, Creighton extended its shutout streak to 10 consecutive games against MVC foes. The last score allowed to a league opponent by CU came in the conference opener last season (Oct. 12) versus Missouri State at 22:54. It's been over 1,092 minutes since Creighton allowed a goal to an MVC opponent.
The victory combined with the Jays' 3-2 overtime win at Princeton Oct. 9 marked the first time the Jays' offense scored three or more goals in consecutive matches away from home since the 2001 season.
Creighton head coach Elmar Bolowich recorded his 30th win at CU with the victory over the Bears to improve to 30-5-3 in just his second season in Omaha.
The Jays return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 16, when they host UMKC for a 7 p.m. (CT) match at Morrison Stadium.