PEORIA, Ill. (Nov. 11) - MVC Player of the Year Jose Gomez and MVC Defensive Player of the Year Andrew Ribeiro scored second half goals as No. 12 Creighton men's soccer won the MVC Tournament title, 2-1, over SIU Edwardsville on Sunday in Peoria.
The title is Creighton's (15-3-2) second consecutive tournament crown, fifth in eight years, and 13th in the 22-year history of the event. The Bluejays have now won 10 straight overall matches and improved to 11-1 this year in games decided by one goal.
Gomez scored his sixth goal of the year in the 69th minute off an assist from Brent Kallman, giving Creighton a 1-0 lead.
Almost exactly 10 minutes later, SIUE evened the match when Jared Tejada headed in a ball to the left side netting with 10:23 to play.
Creighton's game-winning score came from Ribeiro after Benito Amaral was taken down in the box and a penalty kick was awarded. Ribeiro's penalty shot was saved by a sprawling John Berner, but Ribeiro followed his miss with a left-footed volley into the open net and the eventual game-winner.
Both of Ribeiro's goals this season were game-winning scores against SIUE. He broke a scoreless tie with a header against SIUE in Omaha on Oct. 6 for his first score of the season. Each of the last six goals scored by Ribeiro has been a game-winner including four winning tallies last season.
Jeff Gal made three saves for Creighton, improving to 11-0-0 in net this season.
SIUE outshot Creighton 16-9 in the match, though Creighton had a 5-4 edge in shots on goal.
The game was played in wind which gusted as high as 53 mph, and the final four minutes were played in a driving rainstorm, as well.
CREIGHTON MVC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM MEMBERS
Brent Kallman, Eric Miller, Andrew Ribeiro
MVP - Jose Gomez
VIEWING PARTY INFORMATION
Creighton men’s soccer fans are invited to join the players and coaches on Monday afternoon at the Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill (501 N. 13th Street) to watch the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship selection show. The show will air live via video stream at www.ncaa.com and is scheduled to start at approximately 4:30 p.m., Central time.
The Bluejays, who have now earned an NCAA Tournament berth 20 times in the last 21 years, have bid to host all four preliminary rounds at the Rev. Michael G. Morrison, S.J., Stadium but could receive a first-round bye when the pairings are announced late afternoon on Monday.
Should the Bluejays be chosen to host a first-round match – which would be played on Thursday, Nov. 15 (7 p.m., kick-off) - and then continue to advance and host in the event, the second round would be played on Sunday, Nov. 18 (5 p.m., kick-off); the third round on Sunday, Nov. 25 (5 p.m., kick-off) and the quarterfinal round on Friday, Nov. 30 (7 p.m.).