OMAHA, Neb. - The 2011 Creighton women's soccer schedule has been announced, as the Bluejays aim to defend their Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles following a record-setting 15-win 2010 season. The Bluejays will play nine regular-season home matches, including their home-opener against 2010 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinalist Oklahoma State.
The Bluejays start 2011 with a Blue-White Scrimmage on Sunday, Aug. 7, and will play their only scheduled exhibition against Division I newcomer Nebraska-Omaha at home on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 pm.
Creighton opens the regular-season with a pair of road matches, with the season getting underway at South Dakota State on Aug. 19. The Jackrabbits lost just three matches last year, finishing with an 11-3-5 mark, which included a scoreless draw at Creighton in the 2010 season-opener. The Jays then face another Summit League foe on Aug. 25 at UMKC.
Oklahoma State, 2010 Big 12 Tournament champion, was ranked No. 5 in the final 2010 NSCAA poll following a 20-4-2 season. The Cowgirls will serve as perhaps Creighton's most challenging home-opening opponent in program history, as the Jays welcome OSU to Morrison Stadium on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 pm. The Jays then host South Dakota on Sept. 4.
The Jays next travel to California for a pair of games, playing at UC Davis (Sept. 9) and 2010 NCAA Tournament participant Sacramento State (Sept. 11).
A three-game home stand follows, as Creighton hosts Northern Colorado (Sept. 16), Boise State (Sept. 18) and Northern Iowa in the MVC opener on Sept. 23.
The Bluejays play their final non-conference road match at Wyoming on Sept. 25, before traveling to Valley foe Evansville to start October.
Another three-game home stand starts with Wright State on Oct. 5. Kansas comes to Omaha on Oct. 9, followed by Missouri State on Oct. 15.
The Bluejays play at Drake (Oct. 18), host Indiana State on Senior Day (Oct. 22) and conclude the regular-season at Illinois State (Oct. 27).
The opening rounds of the MVC Tournament will again be played at campus sites on Oct. 30, with the semifinals and championship of the event hosted by Missouri Sate on Nov. 4 and 6.
Creighton appeared in its fifth NCAA Tournament in 2010, finishing the year with a 15-4-2 record, including a 5-1-0 mark in MVC action. The Bluejays return nine starters, including their top four scorers and 2010 MVC Player of the Year Brittney Neumann, from last year's team which led the MVC and ranked ninth in the NCAA in scoring (2.38 goals per game).