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No. 4 Creighton welcomes fellow BIG EAST newcomer Xavier to Morrison Stadium Saturday night.
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No. 4 Creighton Hosts Fellow BIG EAST Newcomer Xavier on Saturday

OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 4 Creighton men’s soccer team will host fellow BIG EAST newcomer Xavier inside Morrison Stadium at 7 p.m. CT Saturday evening.

The Bluejays are coming off a 1-0 setback at No. 22 Saint Louis on Wednesday. Previous to that downfall, Creighton played in a program-record fifth consecutive double-overtime match last Saturday afternoon as the Bluejays played then-No. 12 Georgetown to a scoreless draw in Washington D.C. The Jays recorded a 2-1-2 mark in those contests. It marks the first set of opponent back-to-back shutouts of CU since late September 2012 (Tulsa and Drake).

CU sophomore Brendan Hines-Ike claimed Defensive Player of the Week honors from the BIG EAST the league announced Monday. Senior Bruno Castro also claimed a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.

In the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released on Monday, Creighton stands No. 1 overall. The RPI is one of the primary tools utilized by the NCAA for tournament team selections and seeding.

Creighton dropped one spot to No. 4 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll released Tuesday. CU fell to No. 3 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll and slipped one position to No. 4 standing in the College Soccer News Top 30. CU maintained its No. 4 slot in the Soccer Times Top 25 poll. The Jays’ biggest move was in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 where CU dropped two spots to stand at No. 6 this week.

After a two-match road swing, the Bluejays return home to the friendly confines of Morrison Stadium where CU is 4-0-1 this season. The Jays are undefeated in their last 11 matches at home since a 3-1 loss to Saint Louis last season on Sept. 22. Creighton also welcomes the Musketeers to town as the leader in the BIG EAST standings with four points in two matches.

Saturday’s contest will be the first meeting between the Bluejays and Musketeers in men’s soccer. Xavier is seeking its first BIG EAST victory after a 1-0 loss at home to Marquette on Sept. 28. The trip to Omaha this weekend serves as XU’s first conference road trip. Xavier is coming off a 2-1 non-conference road victory at Pittsburgh on Oct. 1. XU is 2-2-1 in matches away from home.

Xavier was picked fifth in the 2013 BIG EAST preseason coaches poll. The Musketeers advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament last season. XU defeated Kentucky 1-0 on the road in a first round match before falling to eventual national champion Indiana 4-1 in the second round.

Last Week

9/28: Tied No. 12 Georgetown 0-0 (2ot)*

10/2: Lost at No. 22 Saint Louis 1-0

This Week

10/5: vs. Xavier, 7 p.m. CT – Morrison Stadium*

* BIG EAST conference match

What’s at Stake

·       Creighton is looking to remain undefeated in the BIG EAST through three matches.

·       Xavier is seeking its first victory as a BIG EAST conference member.

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Scouting the No. 4 Creighton Bluejays (5-2-2, 1-0-1 BIG EAST)

The No. 4 Creighton men’s soccer team returns home to host Xavier this weekend for a BIG EAST conference battle. XU is the fifth consecutive CU opponent that participated in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Last time out CU dropped a 1-0 decision at No. 22 Saint Louis on Wednesday. The setback snapped the Jays’ program record of playing in five consecutive double overtime contests.

Creighton currently leads the BIG EAST Conference with four points after the first full weekend of conference matchups.

CU sophomore Brendan Hines-Ike earned recognition from the BIG EAST on Monday, as did senior Bruno Castro for their performances last week. Hines-Ike claimed Defensive Player of the Week honors while Castro gained a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.

Sophomore Timo Pitter leads the CU offense this year with three goals and seven points. Freshman Fabian Herbers is close behind with a pair of goals and six points. Six Bluejays have already scored multiple goals this season.

In net, junior Alex Bolowich claims a 0.96 goals against average this year and has accumulated 24 saves. Bolowich has started seven matches, including four double overtime contests, for the Jays resulting in a 5-1-1 record. Sophomore Connor Sparrow has started the last two matches for Creighton compiling a 0-1-1 record and making six saves on the season.

Scouting the Xavier Musketeers (4-4-2, 0-1-0 BIG EAST)

Xavier is coming off of a 2-1 non-conference road victory at Pittsburgh on Oct. 1 to even its record at 4-4-2 on the year.

Against Pitt, the Musketeers scored multiple goals for just the fourth time in 2013. With the win, XU is now 2-2-1 in games away from home this season.

Saturday’s contest will be the first meeting between the Bluejays and Musketeers in men’s soccer. Xavier is seeking its first BIG EAST victory after a 1-0 loss at home to Marquette on Sept. 28. The trip to Omaha this weekend serves as XU’s first conference road trip.

XU is not immune to double overtime contests this season. The Musketeers have played in three double overtime games in 2013 resulting in a 0-1-2 record. Xavier fell to Furman 4-3 in the season opener on Aug. 30. XU later tied Cedarville (1-1) at home on Sept. 17 and played to a scoreless draw at Missouri State two days later.

Xavier was picked fifth in the 2013 BIG EAST preseason coaches poll. The Musketeers advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament last season. XU defeated Kentucky 1-0 on the road in a first round match before falling to eventual national champion Indiana 4-1 in the second round.

Matt Walker leads the XU attack with three goals, five assists and 11 points on the season.

XU goalkeeper Eric Osswald has started seven matches for the Musketeers this season. He owns a 0.77 goals against average and has accumulated 32 saves this year.

Home Sweet Morrison

Creighton is undefeated in its last 11 home matches (10-0-1) dating back to last fall when the Bluejays fell 3-1 to Saint Louis on Sept. 22.

The Jays have not dropped a league match inside Morrison Stadium in almost three years, since a 2-1 loss to Bradley on Nov. 6, 2010. CU is 9-0-0 in conference matches at home during that span – all shutouts.

No Goals for You

Following CU’s 1-0 double overtime victory over new conference mate St. John’s on Sept. 21, the Bluejays have not yielded a tally to a conference foe since Bradley scored its lone goal in that same Nov. 2010 match.

Creighton has yet to allow a goal in through two BIG EAST matches spanning 218:05 minutes of action this season. CU tied then-No. 12 Georgetown in a scoreless draw on Sept. 28.

#FortressMorrison

The Bluejays’ 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 7 St. John’s on Sept. 21 lifted Creighton’s record to 22-3-2 all-time against Top 25 opponents visiting Morrison Stadium.

Rank You Very Much

In order to become the top-rated team in the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) this week, Creighton had to do two things: play a tough schedule and perform well against it.

The Jays have done both in early 2013. Saint Louis was the third team in the last four matches to be ranked on the CU slate. Creighton is now 2-1-1 against teams ranked in the top 25 at the time of the match including wins over then-No. 14 Tulsa and then-No. 7 St. John’s to go with a tie at then-No. 12 Georgetown last weekend.

Seven of Creighton’s eight opponents to open this season are among the top 60 in the latest RPI that ranks all 202 NCAA Division I squads. The last four foes that CU faced all rank among the top 17 nationally. Xavier is No. 104.

Creighton is in the middle of a stretch that began late last month in which the Jays will face seven squads in a row that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season in a span of just under a month. CU is currently 1-1-2 through four games of that arduous span.

The Bluejays battle three opponents that were national seeds in 2012 all on the road during the arduous stretch including fellow College Cup participant No. 3 seed Georgetown, No. 7 seed Marquette and No. 8 seed Saint Louis.

Going the Distance

After last Saturday’s 0-0 tie at No. 12 Georgetown, the Bluejays set a new program record by playing in in five consecutive double overtime contests.

 

Jays Claim Program Win No. 400

Creighton secured the program’s 400th all-time victory on Sept. 21 after a 1-0 double-overtime decision against No. 7 St. John’s. The Jays currently boast an all-time record of 400-156-60 since their first season in 1979.

Thrilling BIG EAST Debut

The Bluejays claimed a 1-0 double overtime victory in their BIG EAST conference debut against No. 7 St. John’s on Sept. 21 inside Morrison Stadium. Creighton stands at 2-0 all-time in conference debuts; the Jays edged Bradley 2-1 in their Missouri Valley Conference opener on Oct. 18, 1991.

Winning Over Crowds

Over 5,200 fans witnessed Creighton’s 1-0 double-overtime defeat of No. 7 St. John’s in the Jays’ BIG EAST debut on Sept. 21 at Morrison Stadium. The crowd of 5,282 ranked as the sixth-largest crowd ever to attend a collegiate match at the Bluejays’ home.

The total edged out a contingent of 5,102 Bluejay faithful that witnessed CU defeat Columbia 3-1 earlier this season on Sept. 6. With the win, Creighton is now 5-7-1 in front of 5,000-plus fans since 2000.

At Saint Louis on Wednesday 3,070 fans packed Hermann Stadium to watch the Bluejays visit the Billikens. It marked the largest crowd in a regular-season true road contest to see the Jays play since 5,648 fans saw CU visit then-No. 3 Maryland on Sept. 30, 2011.

Last year on Sept. 14, then-No. 2 Creighton fell 2-1 to then-No. 14 Old Dominion in front of 6,848 fans – the top home crowd all-time at Morrison Stadium.

Cutting It Close

After four one-goal decisions this season against No. 22 SLU, then-No. 7 St. John’s, William & Mary and Old Dominion, the Jays are 14-4 in games decided by one goal since the beginning of 2012.

Creighton is 2-1-2 in overtime matches this season following the scoreless tie at then-No. 12 Georgetown, a 2-2 tie versus Michigan State and 1-0 victory over the Red Storm in the two weeks.

CU suffered a 3-2 setback to William & Mary and clinched a 2-1 win at Old Dominion earlier this season at the Stihl Classic. The Jays went undefeated at 3-0-3 in extra time last season.

One Goal to Nil

Following CU’s 1-0 setback at No. 22 Saint Louis on Wednesday, and the Jays’ 1-0 double overtime victory against No. 7 St. John’s on Sept. 21, Creighton has now won 13 of its previous 15 matches ending in a 1-0 score, including a 7-1 ledger in 2012 contests.

Recent Overtime Perfection Halted

Prior to the 3-2 setback to William & Mary on Sept. 15, the Jays had not suffered an overtime loss in 16 matches dating back to a 3-2 setback in extra time to SMU on Sept. 17, 2010, at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic.

Before the overtime loss to William & Mary, Creighton boasted a 10-0-6 overtime record since that 2010 match, including the victory over Old Dominion on Sept. 13. The Jays had kept opponents scoreless in overtime for over 234 straight minutes before the Tribe scored its game-winner.

Three Jays Claim BIG EAST Weekly Honors

CU junior Eric Miller and freshman Fabian Herbers claimed Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors from the BIG EAST, respectively, the league announced Sept. 23. Junior Alex Bolowich also claimed a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.

It marks the second Defensive Player of the Week honor for Miller this season and Herbers’ first accolade from the conference. The honor roll recognition gained by Bolowich follows a Goalkeeper of the Week honor awarded earlier this season.

Herbers scored the lone goal of the match off of a free kick at 108:05 in a double overtime against No. 7 St. John’s to secure Creighton’s first BIG EAST victory and program win No. 400. It marked his second goal of the season, both game-winners. Herbers is currently tied for second on the team with two goals and six points on the season. Herbers also earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week for his game-winning goal on a free kick against the Red Storm.

Miller won BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors after anchoring the Creighton backline against No. 7 St. John’s, helping the Bluejays record the team’s first BIG EAST victory and program win No. 400. He played all 108 minutes in the double overtime victory over St. John’s. Miller has played every minute of the season on defense, helping the Jays record four shutouts through nine matches.

Bolowich earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition after recording his third shutout of the season and second shutout of a ranked opponent. Bolowich made three saves in the victory over No. 7 St. John’s.

Jays Achieve No. 1 Ranking for the First Time in 14 Years

Following a 3-1 victory over Columbia on Sept. 6, Creighton became the top squad in the nation according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll released Sept. 10.

It marked the Jays’ first time back in the top spot since September 1999. Creighton ranked as high as No. 2 in each of the past three seasons, including earlier this fall.

The 2010 preseason poll was the last time the Jays went unranked.

Jays’ History When Perched at No. 1

After a 1-1 split against host Old Dominion and William & Mary at the Stihl Classic Sept. 13-15, Creighton now boasts a 9-2-1 record all-time as the top-ranked team in the NSCAA poll. After a double-overtime setback to the Tribe, the Bluejays dropped four spots to No. 5 in the rankings.

The Bluejays went 1-0-1 after achieving the top ranking in the Sept. 15, 1999 poll. CU defeated Harvard 6-0 before tying Boston University 1-1 a day later. The tie dropped the Jays to No. 3 the following week.

Creighton’s longest run at No. 1 occurred in 1993 when the Bluejays spent the final five weeks of the regular season in the top spot. CU finished the regular season undefeated at 19-0 including seven consecutive victories while ranked No. 1. The Jays suffered a heart-breaking four-overtime 2-1 loss to Air Force in the first round of the NCAA Tournament that season to halt the streak.

Pitter Claims Spot on BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for Second Straight Week

Sophomore Timo Pitter led the Creighton offense after posting his third goal of the year on the Jays’ game-winning score over the Lions Sept. 6. For a second straight week, Pitter claimed a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll. He currently leads the Jays with three goals and seven points.

Miller, Bolowich Earn BIG EAST Weekly Honors after Opening Weekend

Creighton juniors Eric Miller and Alex Bolowich claimed Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week honors from the BIG EAST, respectively, the league announced on Sept. 2.

The weekly conference honor bestowed solely on athletic performance is a career first for both Miller and Bolowich. The classmates each claimed a scholar-athlete weekly award a season ago. The weekly awards are the first given to Creighton men’s soccer student-athletes by the BIG EAST.

Miller won BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors after anchoring the Creighton backline on the opening weekend, helping the Bluejays record a pair of shutout wins over No. 14 Tulsa (2-0) and Cal Poly (3-0). He also scored a rare goal, just the second of his career in Omaha, against Cal Poly on a redirected header from freshman Fabian Herbers.

Bolowich shined for Creighton in the pair of shutouts to open the 2013 season to claim BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week accolades. Bolowich blanked No. 14 Tulsa in the Jays’ opener with seven saves. He played only the first half against Cal Poly, making two stops.

Herbers Earns Team of Week Nod in First Week

CU freshman Fabian Herbers claimed a spot on TopDrawerSoccer’s Team of the Week, released Sept. 3, after posting four points for the Jays on the opening weekend. He helped Creighton record a pair of wins with a goal and two assists. Herbers’ first career goal as a Bluejay was the game winner against No. 14 Tulsa. He also made two assists against Cal Poly.

California Dreaming

After blanking Cal Poly 3-0 on Sept. 1, Creighton improved its record to 16-0-3 against California-based schools in its last 19 meetings. The Jays won both matches against teams from the Sunshine State in 2012 defeating both Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s by 1-0 margins. Creighton’s last loss to a team from California came on Sept. 7, 2003, a 2-1 double overtime loss at Loyola Marymount.

Starting the Season Off Right

• After a 2-0 shutout of Tulsa, Creighton is unbeaten in its last seven season-opening matches, going 5-0-2 in those contests.

• Creighton has allowed one total goal to its last five season-opening opponents. Northern Illinois scored the lone goal last year after three years of shutouts.

BIG EAST Preseason Honors

The BIG EAST men’s soccer coaches selected No. 2 Creighton to place second in the 2013 preseason poll the behind fellow 2012 College Cup participant, No. 11 Georgetown.

CU junior Eric Miller and sophomore Timo Pitter were also named to the preseason All‐BIG EAST Team.

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