OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's soccer team battles Butler in a match critical to seeding for the BIG EAST Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Morrison Stadium.
Last Week: 10/17: L, 0-2 at Villanova - Villanova Soccer Stadium 10/20: L, 0-4 at Georgetown - Shaw Field
This Week: 10/26: vs. Butler - Morrison Stadium - 7 p.m. (CT)
Scouting Creighton (9-6-1, 2-4-1 BIG EAST): The Bluejays have dropped a season-high three matches, but Creighton closes out the 2013 season at home against Butler and Xavier. In the friendly confines of Morrison Stadium the Bluejays are 6-2-0, outscoring their opponents 27-9.
Currently on the outside of the BIG EAST tournament, Creighton is perched in eighth place in the conference. Despite the seemingly precarious setting, the Bluejays control their own destiny. If Creighton can earn victories in its final two games the Bluejays would earn a spot in the BIG EAST tournament.
For the Jays to do that, they’ll need to get their offense sparked. Creighton’s last goal came in the 17th minute against DePaul on Oct. 12, a run of just under 263 minutes (262:44).
Defensive has been a strength of the Bluejays throughout the season, led by center backs senior Kelsey O’Donnell and freshman Emily Roll.
Scouting Butler (10-5-2, 3-4-0 BIG EAST) Butler has been a difficult team to forecast in 2013; at times the Bulldogs have been remarkably good (including a 1-0 win over #11 Michigan on Sept. 15). Butler has also seen its rough patches, falling at Villanova and Seton Hall on Sept. 26 & 29.
Over the last four contests the Bulldogs appear to have corrected their course, earning overtime wins against St. John’s (Oct. 6) and Providence (Oct. 12) and a decisive 1-0 win against Xavier on Oct. 20 (posting a 25-2 shot edge).
One tendency Butler has shown in 2013 is difficulty scoring on the road. In three BIG EAST road contests, Butler has just one goal. Not surprising the Bulldogs are 0-3-0 on the road in BIG EAST play.
Butler has two driving forces in its offense, Sophia Maccoagnone and Elise Kotsakis. The duo has combined for 14 goals and 11 assists on the season. In conference play, the tandem has five of the Bulldogs six goals.
Butler vs. Creighton Series The Bulldogs hold a 3-1-0 series edge on Creighton, including victories in the last two meetings. Creighton is 1-1-0 against Butler in Omaha.
9/25/92 at Butler L, 1-2 9/26/93 Butler W, 3-2 (ot) 10/21/94 at Butler L, 1-5 9/13/98 Butler L, 1-2
Scoring Shortage Coming off consecutive shutout losses, the Bluejays would like nothing better than to quickly end their current scoring drought. The Bluejays last goal came in the 17th minute against DePaul on Oct. 12, 262:44 minutes.
Home Cooking Morrison Stadium should help remedy Creighton’s scoring woes. The Bluejays have scored 27 of its 33 goals in 2013 at home, claiming six of their eight matches.