Last Week: 10/11: L, 2-3 vs. Drake
10/14: L, 0-1 at Missouri State
10/20: vs. Evansville, Morrison Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
Scouting the Creighton Bluejays (3-10-2, 0-4-0 MVC):
Creighton is looking to close out the regular-season on a high note as the Jays take on Evansville at home on Saturday, Oct. 20, then wrap up at Northern Iowa on Thursday, Oct. 25.
Senior Brittney Neumann leads the Jays offense with six goals, including two in conference play.
Senior Katie Jo Swanson has carried the load in goal. Swanson’s Goals Against Average (GAA) is at 1.73 and with 86 saves in 2012. With 86 saves, Swanson ranks 33rd in the NCAA. She has allowed 27 goals for a .761 save percentage.
vs. Evansville Creighton and Evansville are familiar foes on the soccer field, meeting up 28 times. The Purple Aces hold a 14-13-1 overall lead over the Jays, but Creighton has won the last five matches, including a 2-1 win last season and a 5-0 win in the semifinals of 2010’s MVC Tournament in Omaha.
Scouting the Evansville Aces (4-7-3, 3-1-1):
After opening the season 1-6-0, the Evansville Aces has found a winning mix in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Aces are tied for first place with 10 points, including victories over Illinois State (4-1 on Sept. 23), Northern Iowa (2-0 on Oct. 13.) and Indiana State (3-0 on Oct. 17.)
Evansville has allowed just one goal in its last four matches, that coming to Drake in a 1-0 loss to the Bulldogs on Oct. 7.
Despite the Aces impressive record in the MVC, Evansville has struggled on the road. The Aces are 1-5-2 away from home this season including 0-1-1 in the MVC.
An overwhelming majority of the Aces’ offense comes from freshmen Abby Springer (5G, 2A), Kayla Smith (4G, 1A) and junior Stephanie Thompson (3G, 2A). The trio has combined for 29 of Evansville’s 35 points this season.
In goal freshman Simone Busby has asserted herself with four shutouts in nine matches. She has played 758:11 this season, posting a 0.36 GAA and a team high 39 saves.
SocctoberFest coming Saturday
SocctoberFest, a celebration of the Creighton men’s and women’s soccer programs, will be held in a tent and fenced area on the lawn just west of the Morrison Stadium main entrance on Saturday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. The event is open to all Bluejay fans and includes a commemorative Creighton SocctoberFest stein, beer, bratwurst, sauerkraut, soft drinks and a live band. Cost is $20 per person and includes the stein, a 32-ounce draw (with additional refills available for purchase) and a bratwurst. Walk-ins are welcome but to register and purchase your SocctoberFest tickets in advance online, go to www.creighton.edu/athleticevents. For more information or to make a reservation by phone or e-mail, contact Barb Epps (402-280-5577, firstname.lastname@example.org).