Creighton Battles Missouri State on Senior Day
OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 23) - The Creighton men's soccer team will honor its four seniors in the regular-season home finale on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Missouri State. The senior class includes Jake Brown, Jose Gomez, Brent Kallman and Andrew Ribeiro.
10/16: W, 3-0 UMKC
10/20: W, 1-0 Bradley
10/27: vs. Missouri State, 2 p.m. (SENIOR DAY)
Scouting the No. 22 Creighton Bluejays (11-3-2, 3-0-1 MVC):
The No. 22 Creighton men's soccer team extended its season-best win streak to six matches while converting its fourth consecutive home shutout as the Jays blanked Bradley 1-0 at Morrison Stadium Saturday, Oct. 20. With a win Saturday, Creighton clinches a first-round bye in the MVC Tournament.
With the win, the Jays took over sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) with a 3-0-1 mark and improved to 11-3-2 overall.
Creighton held its opponent off of the scoreboard for the fourth consecutive match at Morrison Stadium. The last score allowed by CU at home came Sept. 22 versus St. Louis in the 83rd minute. It's been over 383 minutes since Creighton allowed a goal on its home pitch.
CU also extended its shutout streak against MVC foes to 11 consecutive matches. The last score CU allowed to a league opponent came in the conference opener last season (Oct. 12) versus Missouri State at 22:54. It's been nearly 1,183 minutes since the Jays allowed a goal to an MVC team.
Junior Bruno Castro converted an early penalty kick in the third minute of the match to clinch the win over Bradley. It marked his second goal of the season. Castro is now 2-of-2 on penalty kick conversions for his career after netting one against UC Santa Barbara last Nov. 27.
Senior Jose Gomez and freshman Timo Pitter continue to pace the Creighton offense in points with 16 and 14, respectively.
Freshman goalkeeper Jeff Gal posted his fourth consecutive shutout, and fifth of the season, for the Jays. Gal raised his record to 7-0 on the year. He leads the MVC in goals against average (0.29) and save percentage (.933) heading into the weekend.
Scouting the Missouri State Bears (5-6-4, 0-4-0 MVC):
Missouri State comes into this weekend after an impressive effort at No. 19 SMU in Dallas on Sunday. The Bears took an early lead on the ranked Mustangs but SMU came back to tie the match in the 88th minute to earn a 1-1 draw. The tie snapped Missouri State's four-game losing streak.
The Bears make their first return trip to Morrison Stadium since a 1-0 loss to the Jays in the MVC Tournament final last November. After last season's success, the Bears were picked to finish second in the preseason poll.
Missouri State trails the all-time series with Creighton 20-8-4 and 11-3-0 in Omaha since the teams began playing in 1983. However, the Bears are 3-2-2 against the Jays in the last seven matches overall dating back to 2008.
The Bears are 1-3-1 on the road this season. They have not won a true road game since a 3-0 win at UMKC Aug. 28.
Bradley and Creighton share just four common opponents this season in UMKC, Bradley, SIUE and Central Arkansas. Both teams knocked off UMKC this season. The Jays are undefeated in conference and defeated BU, SIUE and UCA while the Bears are still seeking their first league win this season, losing each conference match.
Junior Cole Alexander leads the Bears with six points and three goals this season. MSU junior Jared Gain and sophomore Jack Roberts lead the squad with two assists each.
Sophomore Andrew Riggs has played all season in goal for Missouri State this season. The Bear carries a 5-6-4 record, a 0.75 GAA and a 0.812 save percentage this year.
Jays Take Sole Possession of First in MVC
After Saturday's 1-0 defeat of Bradley, the Bluejays took over sole possession of first place in the Valley. With just two regular season matches left, Creighton holds the inside track to the regular-season MVC title and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
Jays Rank No. 13 in Latest NCAA RPI
Creighton stands at No. 13 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released by the NCAA on Monday, Oct. 22. The Jays improved four spots from No. 17 in the initial release Oct. 15.
The highest-rated opponent left on the Jays' regular-season schedule is No. 62 Evansville.
One and Done
CU has won its last 10 games that were decided by a 1-0 score, including a 5-0 record this season. The Jays are 5-0 in each of their last five home wins resulting in a 1-0 decision.
Cutting It Close
After a 1-0 win over Bradley, the Jays are 7-1 in games decided by one goal in 2012. A win over the Princeton Oct. 9 also marked CU's second overtime victory of the year. The Bluejays are 2-0-2 in extra time this season.
Creighton stunned Princeton 3-2 in front of a national television audience Oct. 9 on ESPNU. With the overtime win, the Jays remain undefeated in televised broadcasts this season at 2-0-1. CU tied No. 7 Akron 1-1 on NET (8/31) and beat William & Mary 2-1 on COX (9/16) earlier this year. The Jays play in front of the cameras again this Saturday Oct. 27 against Missouri State on COX.
Gomez Claims MVC Accolade
Senior Jose Gomez claimed Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Offensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 23 for his efforts in the Bluejays' pair of home wins last week.
Gomez's conference accolade is the second of his career and in 2012. The senior was also honored by the conference earlier this season on Sept. 4 after the Ameritas Classic.
One week after earning National Player of the Week honors, Gomez continued his offensive prowess in front of Bluejay fans at Morrison Stadium. Gomez scored the game-winning goal off of a crossing pass in a 3-0 defeat of UMKC Oct. 16. He later assisted on another.
The Santa Ana, Calif., native currently leads the conference in assists (8) and is tied atop the league with 16 points in 2012.
Defense Remains Dominant vs. MVC
CU logged its 11th consecutive shutout of an MVC opponent in the 1-0 victory over Bradley Oct. 20. The last goal surrendered to an MVC foe by the Jays came in the conference opener last season (10/12/11) to Missouri State at 22:54. It has been 1182:59 since CU allowed a goal to an MVC team.
Eric Miller Makes Return After Playing for U.S. Under-20 National Team
Sophomore Eric Miller returned to the Jays after missing three matches playing for U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team in October.
U.S. National Team head coach Tab Ramos led the team in Spain's 2012 Marbella Cup.
Miller played 69 minutes off the bench in a 2-1 loss to Canada in Marbella on Oct. 10. The U.S. rebounded to beat Scotland 2-0 Oct. 12; Miller saw 63 minutes of match time.
Miller made his first start of the trip Oct. 16, playing all 90 minutes in a 3-2 win over Azerbaijan.
Gomez Tabbed National Player of the Week
Senior Jose Gomez claimed Men's College Soccer National Player of the Week honors from TopDrawerSoccer.com and earned a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week on Oct. 15.
The national honors for Gomez this week mark the first of his career. He is just the second CU player in the past four seasons to garner the National Player of the Week award. Departed senior Ethan Finlay claimed the honor last season on Dec. 5.
Gomez posted six points in CU's two road victories Oct. 9-13. On Oct. 13, he netted a score and an assist in a 3-0 victory at MVC foe Central Arkansas. Earlier in the week, Gomez assisted on all three Bluejay goals, including the game-winning score in overtime, in a 3-2 victory at Princeton in front of a national television audience on ESPNU Tuesday, Oct. 9.
The Santa Ana, Calif., native is the first Jay to earn an assist on three CU goals in the same game since Seth Sinovic helped on three scores at Eastern Illinois on Nov. 8, 2008.
Ribeiro Garners MVC Honor
Senior Andrew Ribeiro garnered MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 15. The conference accolade is the second of his career and in 2012.
Ribeiro played every minute of the Jays' pair of road wins Oct. 9-15. The senior captain anchored a back line that held CU's opponents scoreless two matches.
The Green Bay, Wis., native has started every match for the Jays this season and leads the team in minutes played for 2012.
Offense Comes Alive
Creighton's 3-0 victory vs. UMKC Oct. 16 coupled with a 3-0 win at UCA Oct. 13 and the Jays' 3-2 OT win at Princeton Oct. 9 marked the first time the Jays' offense scored three or more goals in three consecutive matches since 2005.
Opponents Seeking Goals
Creighton has kept five of its last seven opponents off of the scoreboard this season after shutout wins vs. Bradley (10/20), UMKC (10/16), at UCA (10/13), vs. SIUE (10/6) and Loyola-Chicago (10/2) along with a scoreless draw at Drake (9/29).
Princeton's first goal Oct. 9 halted the Jays' opponent scoreless streak at 320:49. In 2011, CU had two shutout streaks of 700+ minutes.
Jays' goalkeepers Alex Bolowich and Jeff Gal have combined for nine shutouts this season.
The Jays have not suffered an overtime loss in 13 matches dating back to a 3-2 downfall in extra time to SMU on Sept. 17, 2010 at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic. During that span Creighton boasts an 8-0-5 record.
Four Jays Represented on TopDrawerSoccer's Midseason 100 to Watch
At midseason (10/3) soccer website TopDrawerSoccer.com
ranked senior Jose Gomez as the No. 3 college
prospect in the country. Three other Jays also made the Top 100 as sophomore Eric Miller rated No. 32, junior Zach Barnes stood No. 75 and senior Andrew Ribeiro ranked No. 98.
Gomez Climbing Morrison Record Book
After scoring a goal and notching an assist against UMKC Oct. 16, senior Jose Gomez tied Tim Bohnenkamp (2004-07) for No. 1 with 15 career assists inside Morrison Stadium.
Gomez's goal moved him into a tie for No. 5 all-time on the stadium list at nine scores. Currently he ranks No. 2 in shots on goal with 36 and No. 3 in points with 33 at home.Ribas Earns MVC Scholar-Athlete Award
Jose Ribas was selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week. Ribas was honored for his performance during the period of September 10-16.
A sophomore from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Ribas was the most consistent Jays' offensive threat at the Creighton Invitational, as the Jays fell 2-1 to No. 14 Old Dominion (9/14) but defeated William & Mary 2-1 (9/16).
Ribas, who has a 3.60 cumulative grade point average in business, set up teammate Jose Gomez in the opening minutes against Old Dominion to give the Bluejays 1-0 lead. He finished the two matches with an assist and three shots to earn Creighton Invitational all-tournament team honors.
Alex Bolowich Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
Alex Bolowich of the Creighton men's soccer team was selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week for his performance during the period of Aug. 27-Sept. 2.
A sophomore from Chapel Hill, N.C., Bolowich was named to the Ameritas Classic Championship All-Tournament team, helping the Jays to a 1-1 draw with No. 7 Akron (8/31) and a 3-0 win over Rutgers (9/2).
Bolowich, who has a 3.43 cumulative grade point average in communications, allowed one goal in 200 combined minutes on the week. He held Akron to just one goal on 15 shots, despite the Zips being one of the top scoring teams in the NCAA over the past three seasons.
Flying in a Pack
The Jays set a single-match attendance record in their 2-1 loss to No. 14 Old Dominion (9/14) as 6,848 fans watched the match. That mark eclipsed the previous attendance record of 5,812, set in a match against UCLA on Sept. 8, 2007. Creighton has welcomed 24,029 fans at home this year.
Top 10 Creighton Home Crowds
1. 6,848 vs. Old Dominion, Sept. 14, 2012
2. 5,812 vs. UCLA, Sept. 8, 2007
3. 5,743 vs. Stanford (Exh.), Aug. 26, 2005
4. 5,609 vs. Missouri State, Sept. 19, 2009
5. 5,425 vs. Drexel, Sept. 4, 2011
6. 4,407 vs. Saint Louis, Aug. 31, 1997
7. 4,345 vs. Virginia (Exh.), Aug. 28, 1993
8. 4,242 vs. Fordham, Sept. 9, 2011
9. 4,071 vs. Gonzaga, Aug. 29, 2008
10. 4,029 vs. UMKC (Exh.), Aug. 27, 2004
CU vs. Top 25
Creighton was 6-1-0 against top 25 teams in 2011, including
five wins at Morrison Stadium. Through 14 matches this
season the Jays at 0-1-1 against the top 25 vs. Akron (8/31) and vs. Old Dominion (9/14). The Bluejays are an impressive 20-3-2 (.840) against the NSCAA Top 25 at Morrison Stadium, including victories over No. 22 Kentucky, No. 7 UC Irvine, No. 22 Bradley, No. 13 UC Santa Barbara and at No. 10 Indiana in 2011. Creighton's lone loss to a ranked team in 2011 was at No. 3 Maryland. CU is 61-43-12 (.578) all-time against the NSCAA top 25.
Newcomers Score First for Creighton
A newcomer scored the first goal of the season in 2012 for
the third consecutive
This year newcomer Sean Kim scored Creighton's first goal to pull the Jays even against Northern Illinois. Carlos McCrary also notched his first goal as a Jay in the win over the Huskies.
Jose Gomez notched a goal in 2010 as the Bluejays defeated Loyola 2-0. In 2011 it was Guido Pena helping Creighton down Denver, 1-0.