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No. 8 Men's Soccer Battles Indiana in a College Cup Semifinal Friday
Release: 12/05/2012

OMAHA, Neb. (Dec. 5) - The No. 8-ranked and No. 12-seeded Creighton men's soccer team makes its second straight trip to the NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup this weekend for a national semifinal against No. 16-seeded Indiana in a match slated for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. The match will be broadcast live on ESPNU and may also be viewed via the WatchESPN App.

It marks the first time in program history that the Bluejays (17-3-3) advanced to the College Cup in consecutive seasons after the Jays advanced to the 2011 College Cup. Creighton now boasts five College Cup appearances all-time (1996, 2000, 2002, 2011 and 2012). The Jays are 1-2-1 all-time in College Cup semifinals. Creighton's only victory was a 2-1 triple overtime decision over Indiana at the Cup in 2000.

Creighton is the only repeat team to make it back to Hoover this season after an appearance last year. CU comes into the 2012 College Cup on a 14-match unbeaten streak - the longest among the remaining four semifinal squads. Creighton is 2-0-0 in neutral site contests this year.

The Bluejays earned a spot in the Final Four after advancing past host No. 7-ranked and No. 4-seeded Connecticut 1-0 Sunday in an NCAA quarterfinal match. The victory snapped UConn's 38-match home unbeaten streak. On Nov. 25, Creighton slipped past top-ranked and No. 5-seeded Akron 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie on the road in an NCAA Third Round match. The week prior CU defeated No. 21 Washington 4-2 at home inside Morrison Stadium in an NCAA Second Round match on Nov. 18.  

After being absent from the College Cup since 2004, Indiana (14-5-3) is making a record 18th Cup appearance in search of the program's eighth national title. Indiana trails only Saint Louis, which has 10 championships, for the most all-time. IU is 3-2-0 in neutral site matches this season.

The 16th-seeded Hoosiers defeated Xavier 4-1 at home Nov. 18 in an NCAA Second Round match. In round three the Hoosiers upset top-seeded Notre Dame 2-1 on the road. Last weekend IU toppled defending national champion and No. 9 seed North Carolina on the road 1-0 to reach the semis. Indiana snapped UNC's 40-match home unbeaten streak to advance.

This year marks the 20th NCAA tournament appearance for Creighton all-time. CU is 28-16-6 all-time in the tourney with five College Cup appearances including the 2012 and 2011 seasons. Indiana is making its 37th NCAA tournament appearance all-time, earning a postseason berth for the 26th consecutive season. After last weekend's victory, the Hoosiers are 81-27-4 all-time in the tourney and are seeking their eighth College Cup title after winning their latest National Championship in 2004.

Creighton leads the all-time series against Indiana 4-3. The squads finished a two-year home-and-home series last season with each team winning on the road. CU defeated IU in Bloomington 1-0 on Oct. 9, 2011 exactly one year after the Hoosiers edged the Jays 3-2 at Morrison Stadium on Oct. 9, 2010.

CU is 1-1 all-time against Indiana in the NCAA Tournament. Indiana defeated Creighton 1-0 in Bloomington on Nov. 27, 1994. Current IU head coach Todd Yeagley and Hoosier assistant coach Brian Maisonneuve played in that match as did Creighton assistant coach Johnny Torres. But Yeagley posted the game-winning goal. Creighton edged Indiana 2-1 in triple overtime in a 2000 College Cup semifinal to advance to its lone national championship match in program history. The Jays later fell 2-0 in the final to Connecticut.

Creighton and Indiana share four common opponents this season. IU won 2-1 on the road at Saint Louis Aug. 24 while CU fell to SLU 3-1 at home on Sept. 22. Indiana lost 1-0 to Akron on Sept. 7 on a neutral field in South Bend. The Jays tied Akron 1-1 on two occasions this season on Aug. 31 and Nov. 25. CU slipped past the Zips 5-4 on PKs in an NCAA Third Round match in Akron. Both squads defeated Missouri Valley Conference squads SIU Edwardsville and Evansville this season.

In just two seasons in Omaha, current Creighton head coach Elmar Bolowich has guided the Bluejays to their fifth College Cup appearance in program history in 2012 after leading the Jays to the 2011 Cup in his first season. His staff won the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year in his debut season with CU. That followed a 22-year stint at North Carolina, where he guided the Tar Heels to 15 NCAA Tournaments, four College Cup appearances and the 2001 National Title. Bolowich continues his 17th NCAA Tournament with a 25-13-6 record all-time.

Bolowich is 4-1-0 all-time against Indiana as a head coach. At Creighton he is 1-0, after a 1-0 win in Bloomington on Oct. 9, 2011. Bolowich has a storied history against IU in the NCAA Tournament while at North Carolina. His 2001 National Championship title with the Tar Heels came at the expense of IU, 2-0, in Columbus, Ohio. In 2000, Indiana posted a 1-0 quarterfinal win at UNC against Bolowich and the Tar Heels to advance to the College Cup semifinals against Creighton. Bolowich and UNC defeated IU 1-0 in 2009 during an NCAA Third Round match in Chapel Hill in their last meeting. He posted his first win against the Hoosiers in 1994 with a 2-1 regular-season victory in Bloomington.

Last Sunday Creighton punched its ticket to Hoover, Ala., with a 1-0 win at No. 7-ranked and No. 4-seeded Connecticut at a sold-out Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn. The Jays advanced on a goal from Christian Blandon with 90 seconds left, coming off a cross from the right endline from Hermann Trophy candidate Jose Gomez. The score was Blandon's fourth goal of the fall and second game-winner, and it was the MVC-leading ninth assist of the season from Gomez.

Creighton played without the services of Jose Ribas and Eric Miller. Ribas earned a red card in CU's game vs. Akron on Nov. 25 but will be eligible to return this week. Miller, who was available on the active roster, did not participate in the victory.

Last Week

12/2: W, 1-0 at No. 7 Connecticut - Storrs, Conn.

This Week

12/7: vs. Indiana, 6:30 p.m. CT - Hoover, Ala.

What's at Stake

The CU-IU winner will earn a berth in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer College Cup National Championship match to be held Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. CT at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. The victor will face the winner of No. 6-ranked and No. 3-seeded Georgetown and No. 2-ranked and No. 2-seeded Maryland.

Following the Jays

Action from the 2012 NCAA College Cup on Friday, Dec. 7 will be broadcast live on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app. A live stats link can be found on the Men's Soccer schedule page at GoCreighton.com.

NCAA Ticket Information

College Cup all-session general admission tickets - good for both semi-final matches on Friday and Sunday afternoon's national championship match - are available and cost $35 each (adult or youth). Fans interested in purchasing all-session tickets should contact the Creighton Athletics ticket office via phone (402-280-JAYS) or e-mail (cuticketoffice@creighton.edu) by 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Single-session general admission tickets are also available for $20 each (adult or youth) but can only be purchased by stopping by the Regions Park ticket windows starting Friday.

Scouting the No. 8 Creighton Bluejays (17-3-3)

Creighton men's soccer makes its second straight trip to the NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup this weekend for a national semifinal against No. 16-seeded Indiana in a match slated for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. This year marks the 20th NCAA tournament appearance for Creighton all-time. CU is 28-16-6 all-time in the tourney with five College Cup appearances including the 2012 and 2011 seasons.

It marks the first time in program history that the Bluejays (17-3-3) advanced to the College Cup in consecutive seasons after the Jays advanced to the 2011 College Cup. The Jays are 1-2-1 all-time in College Cup semifinals. Creighton's only victory was a 2-1 triple overtime decision over Indiana at the Cup in 2000.

Creighton is the only repeat team to make it back to Hoover this season after an appearance last year. CU comes into the 2012 College Cup on a 14-match unbeaten streak - the longest among the remaining four semifinal squads. Creighton is 2-0-0 in neutral site contests this year.

Last Sunday Creighton punched its ticket to Hoover, Ala., with a 1-0 win at No. 7-ranked and No. 4-seeded Connecticut at a sold-out Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn. The victory snapped UConn's 38-match unbeaten streak at home.  The Jays advanced on a goal from Christian Blandon with 90 seconds left, coming off a cross from the right endline from Hermann Trophy candidate Jose Gomez. The score was Blandon's fourth goal of the fall and second game-winner, and it was the MVC-leading ninth assist of the season from Gomez. CU freshman goalkeeper Jeff Gal kept his record unblemished at 13-0-1 this season after making four saves on the day including a couple early in the second half.

In just two seasons in Omaha, current Creighton head coach Elmar Bolowich has guided the Bluejays to their fifth College Cup appearance in program history in 2012 after leading the Jays to the 2011 Cup in his first season. His staff won the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year in his debut season with CU. That followed a 22-year stint at North Carolina, where he guided the Tar Heels to 15 NCAA Tournaments, four College Cup appearances and the 2001 National Title. Bolowich continues his 17th NCAA Tournament with a 25-13-6 record all-time.

Bolowich is 4-1 all-time against Indiana as a head coach. At Creighton he is 1-0, after a 1-0 win in Bloomington Oct. 9, 2011. Bolowich has a storied history against IU in the NCAA Tournament while at North Carolina. His 2001 National Championship title with the Tar Heels came at the expense of IU, 2-0, in Columbus, Ohio. In 2000, Indiana posted a 1-0 quarterfinal win at UNC against Bolowich and the Tar Heels to advance to the College Cup semifinals against Creighton. Bolowich and UNC defeated IU 1-0 in 2009 during an NCAA Third Round match in Chapel Hill in their last meeting. He posted his first win against the Hoosiers in 1994 with a 2-1 regular-season victory in Bloomington.

Freshman Timo Pitter leads the team with 24 points, 10 goals and 34 shots on goal this season. Senior co-captain Jose Gomez leads CU with nine assists and is second on the Jays with 21 points, six goals and 22 shots on goal in 2012. Freshman goalkeeper Jeff Gal remained undefeated at 13-0-1 after the win. He ranks eighth nationally in goals against average (0.625) and stands fifth in the country for save percentage (.859).

Scouting the Indiana Hoosiers (14-5-3)

After being absent from the College Cup since 2004, Indiana (14-5-3) is making a record 18th Cup appearance in search of the program's eighth national title. Indiana trails only Saint Louis, which has 10 championships, for the most all-time. IU is 3-2-0 in neutral site matches this season.

The 16th-seeded Hoosiers defeated Xavier 4-1 at home Nov. 18 in an NCAA Second Round match. In round three the Hoosiers upset top-seeded Notre Dame 2-1 on the road. Last weekend IU toppled defending national champion and No. 9 seed North Carolina on the road 1-0 to reach the semis. Indiana snapped UNC's 40-match unbeaten streak at home to advance.

Indiana is making its 37th NCAA tournament appearance all-time, earning a postseason berth for the 26th consecutive season. After last weekend's victory, the Hoosiers are 81-27-4 all-time in the tourney and are seeking their eighth College Cup title after winning their latest National Championship in 2004.

Creighton leads the all-time series against Indiana 4-3. The squads finished a two-year home-and-home series last season with each team winning on the road. CU defeated IU in Bloomington 1-0 on Oct. 9, 2011 exactly one year after the Hoosiers edged the Jays 3-2 at Morrison Stadium on Oct. 9, 2010.

CU is 1-1 all-time against Indiana in the NCAA Tournament. Indiana defeated Creighton 1-0 in Bloomington on Nov. 27, 1994. Current IU head coach Todd Yeagley and Hoosier assistant coach Brian Maisonneuve played in that match, as did Creighton assistant coach Johnny Torres. But Yeagley posted the game-winning goal. Creighton edged Indiana 2-1 in triple overtime in a 2000 College Cup semifinal to advance to its lone national championship match in program history. The Jays later fell 2-0 in the final to Connecticut.

Indiana shares four common opponents this season with Creighton. IU won 2-1 on the road at Saint Louis Aug. 24 while CU fell to SLU 3-1 at home on Sept. 22. Indiana lost 1-0 to Akron on Sept. 7 on a neutral field in South Bend. The Jays tied Akron 1-1 on two occasions this season on Aug. 31 and Nov. 25. CU slipped past the Zips 5-4 on PKs in an NCAA Third Round match in Akron. Both squads defeated Missouri Valley Conference squads SIU Edwardsville and Evansville this season.

Indiana sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the Hoosiers with 39 points and 18 goals in 2012. IU junior A.J. Corrado leads the team with 12 assists this season.

Senior Luis Soffner has played every match in net for the Hoosiers this season, making 76 saves and posting 10 shutouts. In 22 starts, he carries a 0.784 goals against average and owns a 0.809 save percentage.

The Last Meeting

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Oct. 9, 2011) -Dion Acoff scored in the 42nd minute for the No. 5 Creighton men's soccer team as the top defensive team in the NCAA held on for a 1-0 win at No. 10 Indiana.

The win moved Creighton to 10-1-0 on the year, while the loss was IU's third straight, dropping the Hoosiers to 6-3-2 on the season. 

Acoff's third shot of the first half beat the Hoosier goalie after it deflected off of an IU defender.  His second goal of the season was from just inside the top of the box.  The score was set up on a great run and possession from defender Tyler Polak.

Brian Holt made four saves in goal, as Creighton logged its ninth clean sheet in 11 matches.

NCAA Tournament History

Creighton is making its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance, all in the past 21 seasons (missed in 2009).  CU is 28-16-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The 2012 season marks the Bluejays fifth College Cup appearance overall and the first pair of back-to-back appearances in program history.

The Jays have now won at least two NCAA Tournament matches in nine of their 21 trips.  The Jays are 18-6-5 in their last 10 appearances, advancing to the quarterfinals on six occasions since 2002.

CU appeared in 17 straight NCAA Tournaments between 1992 and 2008 before missing the 2009 NCAA event despite an RPI of 35.  The Jays advanced to their fifth College Cup in program history this season after making their fourth appearance in 2011.

Tough Road to the College Cup

Creighton emerged from the only quarter of the bracket that advanced four seeded teams to the round of 16. Joining the No. 12-seeded Jays was No. 4 Connecticut, No. 5 Akron and No. 13 New Mexico.

Déjà Vu

The last time Creighton and Indiana met in the NCAA Tournament was in the 2000 College Cup semifinal. The Bluejays claimed a 2-1 triple overtime win in Charlotte, N.C.

As a result, the Bluejays advanced to their first College Cup final, the only CU National Championship appearance to date only to fall 2-0 to Connecticut - a school the 2012 Jays just defeated in the NCAA quarterfinal.

Bolowich and the College Cup

CU head coach Elmar Bolowich is among six coaches who have appeared in five straight College Cups but is the only coach of the six to do so with two different schools. 

The 2012 season marks his sixth overall appearance in the College Cup, joining eight other coaches that have reached six Cup's. 

Of those nine coaches with at least six appearances, Bolowich and Bob Guelker (SIU Edwardsville and Saint Louis) are the only coaches to take two different teams to the College Cup.

Against the Field

Creighton has played seven matches against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams, going 2-3-2 against those squads. Last weekend CU defeated Connecticut 1-0. On Nov. 25, the Jays tied Akron at 1-1 for the second time this season before advancing to the quarterfinals 5-4 on penalty kicks. CU toppled Washington 4-2 to notch its first win against the field Nov. 18.

Creighton also tied No. 5 seed Akron 1-1 in Omaha in the second game of the season on Aug. 31.

The Jays' only three losses of the season came at the hands of NCAA tourney squads. CU fell 2-1 to then-No. 14 Old Dominion on Sept. 14 and dropped a 3-1 contest to No. 8 seed Saint Louis on Sept. 22. Creighton later fell 2-0 at No. 11 seed Tulsa on Sept. 25. Since that setback, CU is 12-0-2 and enters the NCAA quarterfinals on a 14-match unbeaten streak.

PKs Sometimes Not OK

Creighton has bowed out of the NCAAs on the wrong side of a PK result in each of the past two seasons.

The Jays fell in a 2011 College Cup semifinal to Charlotte last season in a penalty kick setback. Creighton's 2011 campaign came to an end on a 4-1 shootout loss to the 49ers after a scoreless draw.

The Jays bowed out of a 2010 NCAA Second Round match at SMU. The Mustangs advanced 5-3 on PKs after a 2-2 tie in Dallas.

However, the tide may be turning for Creighton. Prior to the Jays' 5-4 shootout win at Akron following a 1-1 tie on Nov. 25, the last time CU advanced on PKs in the NCAA Tournament was Nov. 26, 2003 - a 5-3 win over San Diego. CU evened its record at 3-3 in NCAA matches decided by PKs.

Winning over Crowds

CU scored a 1-0 victory at Connecticut in front of 5,100 fans in an NCAA quarterfinal match between the Jays and Huskies at Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn., on Sunday. With the win Creighton is now 3-6-1 in front of 5,000-plus fans since 2000.

Ironically, it marked the Jays' first win in front of a sizable crowd away from home since defeating Indiana 2-1 in triple overtime in a 2000 College Cup semifinal. Earlier this season Creighton fell 2-1 to then-No. 14 Old Dominion in front of 6,848 fans at Morrison Stadium on Sept. 14.

Streaking Alert

Creighton is currently on a 14-match unbeaten streak. Since a 2-0 setback at No. 11-seeded Tulsa (Sept. 25) CU is 12-0-2, rattling off 11 straight wins from Sept. 29 through Nov. 25.

CU's string of matches without a loss is the longest active unbeaten streak among the four semifinal teams, followed by No. 2-seeded Maryland currently on a six-match win streak. The Bluejays' season-long streak ranks second among quarterfinalists only to the Terrapins who went unbeaten in 16 matches to start 2012.

CU entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament on a 10-game winning streak. It marks the second-longest streak entering the NCAA postseason in school history behind the 1993 team, which entered the tourney on a 19-game run.

Pitter Patter

Freshman Timo Pitter continues to rapidly tap the ball past opposing goalkeepers this season. His score at Akron (Nov. 25) was his team-leading 10th of the season. The week prior Pitter scored his ninth goal of the season against Washington for his first NCAA score.

Pitter's 10 scores are the most by any CU freshman in 22 seasons dating back to 1990. That year former Creighton greats Brian Kamler and Keith DeFini combined for 29 goals as a freshman duo. Kamler netted 10 goals while DeFini scored 19 in 1990.

Jose Gomez Named 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist

Creighton senior Jose Gomez, earned recognition as one of the 15 semifinalists selected for the 2012 Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced Nov. 28.

The selection of Gomez marks the third straight season that a Bluejay has claimed a semifinalist spot for the MAC Hermann Trophy - the most prestigious individual award in college soccer. Last season's list included Brian Holt and repeat semifinalist Ethan Finlay, who finished as the runner-up in 2011.

Gomez is the latest Bluejay to be named a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist joining a long list of former Creighton stars previously selected for the same national honor. Current Creighton assistant coach Johnny Torres won the award in 1997. In addition to Finlay, Bluejay greats Keith DeFini, Brian Kamler, Richard Mulrooney, and Ross Paule were all finalists for the award. Fellow CU semifinalists include Holt, Andrei Gotsmanov (2008), Julian Nash (2004), David Wagenfuhr (2003) and Mike Tranchilla (2001, 2002). Tranchilla finished fourth in the final 2002 vote.

Gomez is one of six players nationally with 8 or more assists each of the last two years. He leads the team with nine helpers in 2012. He is second on CU in points (21), goals (6) and shots on goal (22).

Blandon Named National Player of the Week

CU freshman Christian Blandon is the TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's College Soccer Player of the Week for Dec. 3 after his late goal lifted the Bluejays to a 1-0 decision over Connecticut on Sunday.

Blandon along with senior Jose Gomez who assisted on the goal and freshman defender Brendan Hines-Ike were also honored on the site's Team of the Week after the win. The entire Team of the Week is chosen after examining Division I match summaries each week.

Blandon Joins Exclusive Company

With his game-winning goal in a 1-0 win at Connecticut Sunday, freshman Christian Blandon joined an elite group of four former Bluejays that scored a game-winning goal to advance CU to a College Cup.

Each of the other players was an MLS draft pick and were National Player of the Year candidates. They include current assistant coach Johnny Torres (1996), Brian Mullan (2000), Mike Tranchilla (2002) and Ethan Finlay (2011).

CU Consecutive College Cup Connections

The 2012 season marks the first time in CU program history that the Jays have appeared in consecutive College Cups after advancing to the national semifinals in 2011. It marks CU's fifth all-time College Cup appearance.

Head coach Elmar Bolowich has led Creighton back to the final four for the second time in as many seasons in Omaha. The 2012 campaign is the fifth consecutive College Cup appearance and sixth overall.

Of the CU starters in last season's semifinal game against Charlotte, only four could potentially start Friday's match versus Indiana. That quartet includes senior co-captains Jose Gomez and Andrew Ribeiro as well as junior Bruno Castro and sophomore Eric Miller.

Four other current Bluejays also saw time on the pitch in the 2011 College Cup including seniors Jake Brown, Brent Kallman and sophomore Jose Ribas. Meanwhile junior transfer Carlos McCrary also appeared in the Cup as a member of the national championship team from North Carolina in 2011.

Potential starting Creighton goalkeeper, redshirt freshman Jeff Gal, could go from not dressing and sitting in the stands to cheer for CU last season in Hoover to starting in net for the Bluejays in 2012.

Rare Success against Indiana

Creighton is one of only five schools to own a winning record against national power Indiana with at least five games played in the series. 

Joining the Jays (4-3-0) with a winning all-time record against the Hoosiers in five-plus matches are UC Santa Barbara (3-2-0), North Carolina (4-3-0), Connecticut (3-2-1) and St. John's (3-2-2).

Cutting It Close

After a 1-0 victory at UConn Sunday, the Jays are 12-1 in games decided by one goal in 2012. A 3-2 double overtime win over Drake in the MVC semifinals Nov. 9 marked CU's third overtime victory of the year. The Bluejays are undefeated at 3-0-3 in extra time this season after the 1-1 tie at Akron Nov. 25.

Overtime Success

The Jays have not suffered an overtime loss in 15 matches dating back to a 3-2 setback in extra time to SMU on Sept. 17, 2010 at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic.

During that span Creighton boasts a 9-0-6 record. The Jays have kept opponents scoreless in overtime for 202:32 straight minutes since the goal by the Mustangs in 2010.

CU Familiar with OT in College Cup Semis

The last three national semifinals that CU has played have each gone into overtime. In 2011, the Bluejays and Charlotte finished double overtime in a scoreless draw before PKs decided it. In 2002 Stanford knocked out Creighton 2-1 in OT. In 2000, CU earned its only berth in a national championship match with a 2-1 triple overtime win over Indiana.

TV Stars

Creighton stunned Princeton 3-2 in overtime Oct. 9 in front of a national television audience during the Jays' only other appearance on ESPNU this season.

The Jays remain undefeated in televised broadcasts this season at 4-0-1. CU tied No. 7 Akron 1-1 on NET (8/31) and beat William & Mary 2-1 on COX (9/16) in the first month of the season.

CU defeated Missouri State 1-0 on COX (10/27) to celebrate Senior Day. In their last TV appearance the Jays claimed the MVC Tournament Title with a 2-1 victory over SIU Edwardsville on FSN Midwest (11/11).

Jays Claim More Awards after NCAA Third Round Win

Three Creighton men's soccer players earned recognition from a pair of national websites after the Bluejays advanced 5-4 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw at previously top-ranked Akron Nov. 25.

CU freshmen Timo Pitter and Jeff Gal each earned a nod on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week while senior Brent Kallman claimed a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week as a defender. The honors are the first for each player from a national website.

College Soccer News later named Pitter to its 2012 All-Freshman First Team.

Three finalists for the award will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 6. They will be invited to the MAC and the winner will be announced during the MAC Hermann Trophy banquet in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Clean Sheets

Creighton tied its single-season consecutive home shutout record (1999, 2003, and 2011) this season by recording five straight clean sheets at home - all in October. Creighton has recorded 11 total shutouts in 2012.

Coming into the postseason, the Jays had blanked opponents for the last 457:07 in Morrison Stadium dating back to Sept. 22 before No. 21 Washington scored a pair of goals in an NCAA Second Round match on Nov. 18.

Defense Ties MVC Goals Allowed Record

With one goal allowed in conference play this year Creighton's shutout defense tied the MVC team record for the fewest goals allowed in a Valley season set last year by CU.

The 2012 Jays remained ahead of three teams, including CU's 1995 squad, who shared the previous all-time low record of two goals allowed in a conference season prior to 2011.

CU logged 12 consecutive shutouts of MVC opponents from Oct. 12, 2011 through Nov. 3, 2012. The Bluejays' defensive shutout streak ended after a total of 1,293 minutes.

One and Done

After the 1-0 victory at UConn Sunday, CU has won its last 12 games that were decided by a 1-0 score, including a 7-0-0 record this season.

This year's mark trails only the 2011 CU squad's 10 total 1-0 victories for most in a single season all-time in program history.

The 2002 College Cup team also posted six 1-0 victories.

Head coach Elmar Bolowich is 17-2-0 at CU in matches that end 1-0 and is 25-4 over the past four years in such contests.

 Men's Soccer Trio Named MVC Scholars

For the third straight season three Creighton men's soccer players were named to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Scholar-Athlete First Team, the league announced Nov. 19.

Each student-athlete was a first-time recipient of the conference honor. The MVC recognized junior Bruno Castro, sophomore Eric Miller and classmate Jose Ribas. The trio of Bluejays on the first team is the most by any school in the Valley for 2012.

MVC Tournament History

After a 2-1 title victory over SIUE, the Bluejays are 33-8-1 all-time MVC tournament record, the most tournament victories in league history.  CU has won more tournament titles, 13, than all other MVC teams combined.

The Jays have appeared in 16 of the 22 MVC tournament championship matches, including six of the last eight. The Jays have lost in the quarterfinals once, the semifinals five times, in the championship match three times and won the other 13 tournaments in which they've appeared.

The Jays are the only team in league history with more than three tournament titles.

Senior Jose Gomez was named the MVC Tournament MVP after posting two scores for the Jays on the weekend. Joining Gomez on the MVC All-Tournament team were fellow seniors Brent Kallman and Andrew Ribeiro as well as sophomore Eric Miller.

Offense Comes Alive

CU'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.

CU's offense opened the 2012 NCAA Tournament against Washington Nov. 18  scoring four goals against the Huskies - the most for the Jays since a 5-0 victory at UMKC last season on Aug. 31, 2011.

Jays Rank No. 11 in Latest NCAA RPI

Creighton ranks at No. 11 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released by the NCAA on Nov. 11. The Jays moved up three spots from No. 14 after winning the MVC Tournament Title.

Jays Claim 12th MVC Regular Season Title

After a 2-1 defeat at Evansville (11/3), the Jays clinched their third straight Valley title and a bye into the MVC Tournament semifinals. CU claimed its second outright crown in three seasons.

Double the Titles

CU captured the MVC Tournament title in the same season as the MVC regular-season championship for the eighth time this season.  The Jays have been double champs in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012.

No Losses in Title Run

CU finished 2012 with a 5-0-1 mark in MVC play. The last time CU finished the conference season without a loss was in 2008 (4-0-1). The Jays have now finished atop the MVC without a loss on seven occasions (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2007, 2008 and 2012).

Back-to-Back-to-Back

Creighton captured its 12th MVC regular-season title this year marking its third straight crown and its sixth in the last seven years. The title also gives head coach Elmar Bolowich back-to-back-to-back regular-season titles (after winning the ACC at North Carolina in 2010).

Men's Soccer Claims Multiple MVC Honors

The Creighton men's soccer team claimed three specialty awards and placed six student-athletes on Missouri Valley All-Conference teams, the league announced Nov. 8 at the Men's Soccer Championship banquet hosted by Bradley.

Senior co-captain Jose Gomez became the 11th player in program history to take home MVC Player of the Year Honors. The Bluejays have won the award on 12 occasions as Ethan Finlay earned the accolade for a second time last season.

Fellow senior co-captain Andrew Ribeiro claimed MVC Defensive Player of the Year recognition. It marks the ninth time that a CU player won claimed the award.

The MVC recognized CU's Timo Pitter as the Freshman of the Year. Creighton first-year players have claimed four of the last five freshman honors in the league. Pitter is the seventh Bluejay to earn the laurel.

Sophomore Eric Miller joined Gomez, Ribeiro and Pitter on the MVC First Team.  Sophomore Jose Ribas was the only CU member of the MVC Second Team. Freshman defender Brendan Hines-Ike joined Pitter on the MVC All-Freshman team this year.

Ribas Earns Fourth Scholar-Athlete Award

Sophomore Jose Ribas earned MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors Nov. 20.

The award is the fourth time he has earned the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week. He also claimed awards Sept. 19, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7.

The Guayaquil, Ecuador, native posted his seventh and eighth assist of the year in the Jays' 4-2 victory over Washington Nov. 18.

Ribas, who has a 3.60 cumulative grade point average in business, is tied for the team lead with eight assists this season.

Miller Claims First Scholar-Athlete Accolade

Sophomore Eric Miller claimed his first MVC Scholar-Athlete Award earlier last week after scoring his first career goal and notching his third career assist in a 3-2 double overtime win over Drake in the MVC Semifinals Nov. 9. He also played in all 90 minutes of Creighton's 2-1 win over SIUE in the MVC Tournament Final Nov. 11.

Prior to the conference tourney Miller was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VII team. He also won recognition on the 2012 All-MVC First Team as well as the 2012 MVC All-Tournament Team. Miller started all 17 matches for the Bluejays in which he has played.

Miller, who has a 3.71 cumulative grade-point average in business, has played 90 or more minutes in 13 matches in 2012. This fall he was selected to the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team, playing over 220 minutes in three games at the Marbella Cup in Spain.

Pitter Collects First Career MVC Honor

Freshman Timo Pitter claimed MVC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts in the Bluejays' 2-1 win over Evansville on Nov. 3; the league announced Nov. 5.

Pitter's conference accolade is the first of his career. The MVC has recognized CU players with weekly awards six times this season including once in each of the past four weeks.

The freshman from Oberschwarzach, Germany, scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season to lead Creighton to a 2-1 victory at Evansville Nov. 3 and help the Jays clinch an outright MVC regular season title and the top seed in the Valley tournament.

Ribeiro Collects Third MVC Honor of 2012

Senior Andrew Ribeiro MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 29 for efforts in the Jays' 1-0 win vs. Missouri State Oct. 27.

Ribeiro's conference accolade is the third of his career and in 2012 following previous honors this season on Oct. 15 and Sept. 4.

The senior from Green Bay, Wis., attempted one shot and played every minute of the Jays' 1-0 victory over the Bears. The senior co-captain has played all but 21 minutes this season for the Bluejays.

Two Jays Earn Academic All-District Honors

Two men's soccer players earned 2012 Capital One Academic All-District VII First Team honors as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) the organization announced Nov. 1.

Junior Bruno Castro and sophomore Eric Miller were each recognized for work both on the field and in the classroom. The honor is the first for each player.

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 on Oct. 16, playing all 90 minutes in a 3-2 win over Azerbaijan.


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