Bohnenkamp scored on the game’s first shot as he sent a low driving ball from a difficult angle across the goal mouth, past diving SMU goalkeeper Steve Sandbo and into the lower right corner for his second goal of the year. Senior Tony Schmitz was credited with an assist on the play, as the two
Some extra-curricular activity in the 26th minute saw SMU’s Ben Shuleva earn a red card and ejection, while Allen was handed a yellow card in a melee near midfield. SMU (14-4-2) would play a man down for the final 64 minutes because of an altercation involving Shuleva behind the advancing play.
Andrei Gotsmanov added to Creighton’s lead in the 37th minute when he appeared to catch Sandbo out of position. The junior midfielder lofted a shot from 30 yards out over Sandbo’s head and into the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season off a feed from Jeff Thayer.
A first half with four bookings and 21 fouls came to an end with the Bluejays owning a 2-0 advantage on the scoreboard and shots even 6-6.
Despite playing with 10 men, the fifth-ranked and unseeded Mustangs would not back down, creating several scoring chances in the second half. Allen made five of his six saves in the second half as the Mustangs pushed forward aggressively, out-shooting the Jays 11-10 after the break.
The Bluejays (12-2-5) advance to the third round where they will play host to Illinois-Chicago on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Morrison Stadium. The Flames upset ninth-seeded Northwestern 2-0 in
NOTES: Creighton has won five straight NCAA Tournament matches at home by a combined score of 18-4 ... CU has won all four NCAA matches played at Morrison Stadium, scoring at least three goals in each, out-scoring foes 15-2 in that span ... CU is now 20-14-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, 5-3-0 at home ... CU is 37-7-10 all-time at Morrison Stadium, including 9-1-1 against the NSCAA top 25 ... CU is now 6-2-4 at home this season ... The Jays avoided back-to-back home losses, which still has not happened to CU since the program was restarted in 1990 ... The Jays are 6-16-1 all-time against SMU, 2-2-0 in the NCAA Tournament ... The assist for Eid was just his third career point, all coming in the NCAA Tournament, as his other two points came on a goal against Penn State in the 2005 NCAA Tournament ... The Bluejays will host two matches in the same NCAA postseason for the first time in school history ... UIC is one of the seven teams to defeat Creighton at Morrison Stadium, earning a 2-1 win on Oct. 5, 2005 in the only previous meetings between the teams.