QUEENS, N.Y. - A career-high 12 saves by freshman goalkeeper Danielle Rice helped the Creighton women's soccer team earn their first point in BIG EAST play with a 0-0 tie at St. John's on Sunday, Sept. 29.
The tie moved the Jays to 7-3-1 on the season, 0-1-1 in BIG EAST action. St. John's is now 7-1-2 overall and 1-0-1 in BIG EAST play.
Coming into the match the Jays emphasized controlling possession in their second game as a member of the BIG EAST conference. Creighton was able to do just that in the opening 15 minutes. Unfortunately the Bluejays were only able to create three shots in the opening period.
The final 30 minutes of the first half were controlled by the Red Storm as St. John's outshot the Jays 9-3 in the first half.
Playing on their home field the Red Storm continued to control possession in the second period, but Rice refused to give an inch, stepping up each time the Jays needed her to set a physical tone for the Jays. A stellar save by Rice in the 61st minute resulted in a yellow card for St. John's Caitlyn McLaughlin as she allowed her frustration to show by shoving Rice following a save.
The Bluejay defense made a habit of frustrating St. John's, holding the nation's leading scorer (Rachel Daly) in check throughout the match. The Red Storm ended regulation with a 27-7 shot advantage, but the match moved into overtime 0-0.
Creighton created its first corner of the match in the first overtime session. The opportunity, however, passed without a Bluejay shot.
Late in the second overtime the Jays earned a second corner, this one netting a header from sophomore Kirstyn Corder. This time it was a Red Storm defender making a team save to prevent a Creighton goal.
The Jays were outshot 30-8 in the match, while St. John's held a 10-2 corner edge.
"A fair result as both teams had their share of the play. We dominated possession early, but had to absorb St. John's attack at times," said head coach Bruce Erickson. "Couldn't be more please with how we competed today, [Rice] came up with a couple of great saves to preserve the point."
Creighton returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 3 as the Jays battle Providence in a road contest at 3 p.m. (CT)