OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton Women's Soccer looks to continue its winning ways as the Bluejays host New Mexico State and Drake this weekend.
9/5: vs. New Mexico State - Omaha, Neb. - 5:00 p.m.
9/7: vs. Drake - Omaha, Neb. - 3:30 p.m.
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Series with New Mexico State:
Friday will be the first meeting between the Aggies and the Bluejays .
Series with Drake:
While the matchup with New Mexico State will be new, Drake is an old rival from the Missouri Valley (MVC). The Bluejays own an 8-6-1 series edge over the Bulldogs. The last meeting came in a scoreless draw in the MVC Tournament in 2013, Creighon advanced in penalty kicks.
The 3rd Annual Creighton Socctoberfest, a celebration of the Bluejay men’s and women’s soccer programs, will be held on the north lawn inside Morrison Stadium on Friday, Sept. 5 starting at 3:30 p.m., in conjunction with the women’s soccer match against New Mexico State (5:00 p.m., kick-off) and the men’s soccer match against Western Illinois (7:30 p.m., kick-off).
The event is open to all Creighton fans and cost is $20 per person for advance reservations and $25 per person at the door.
Scouting Creighton (3-0-0):
With three straight straight victories to open the season, the Bluejays are fluing high. Creighton had last weekend off, but downed Western Illinois, 4-0, on Labor Day (Sept. 1).
During the contest with the Leathernecks, sophomore Lauren Sullivan delivered her first multi-goal game scoring two including the game-winner.
Meanwhile freshman Summer Khalil nothced her first goal as a Bluejay and sophomore Alissa Kohmetscher recorded two assists.
Defensively the Bluejays recorded their second consecutive shutout of the 2014 season. The last two Creighon posted back-to-back shutouts came last seaosn as the Jays downed UMKC 1-0 on Sept. 10, then bested South Dakota 4-0 on Sept. 13.
Scouting New Mexico State (1-4-0):
The Aggies dropped their first four games of the season before getting off the schnide with a 2-1 win over Incarnate Word on Aug. 31.
New Mexico State has surrendered 14 goals in five matches, including a season-high five at UTEP in a 5-0 loss on Aug. 27.
Sophomore Tayler Hammack has played all 444 minutes in goal this season, posting a 2.80 goals against average (GAA).
Offensively it has been a one-woman show. Jennae Cambra has all four of the Aggies goals, while Layla Todd boasts three of the team’s four assists.
New Mexico State was predicted to finish sixth in the eight-team Wesern athletic conference. A future Creighton opponent, UMKC, was picked to finish second.
Scouting Drake (2-2-0):
The Bulldogs have split their opening four contests and will face South Dakota State on Sept. 5 prior to the contest with the Bluejays on Sept. 7.
Drake played in the Portland State Tournament to open the season, falling to Boise State (3-0) on Aug. 22. The Bulldogs bounced back to down Utah Valley, 1-0 on Aug. 24. Last weekend in two home contests, Drake fell to Saint Louis (2-1) on Aug. 29 and bested Fresno State (2-1) on Aug. 31.
Senior Ashlie Stokes has led the offene for Drake, scoring two goals and
assisting another for a team-high five points.
The Bulldogs have sent Omaha native Kylynn Moyer in goal for the last three matches. The former Millard North product has allowed three goals in three matches, posting the shutout against Utah Valley.
Drake was picked to finish sixth in the seven-team Missouri Valley Conference.
Rice on a Roll:
Sophomore Danielle Rice extended her consecutive minutes streak to 1,608:07 minutes in the net for the Bluejays. Rice played the last 1,338:07 of 2013.
The last Bluejay with a longer streak was Katie Jo Swanson, who played every minute in 2012 (1788:42). The longest stretch of consecutive time in goal for a Bluejay was Kristin Casey, who played the entire 2007 (1930:00) season and the first 77:02 of 2008 for 2,007:02 minutes.
Reaching For Legendary Heights:
Off to a three match winning streak to open the 2014 season, Creighton has burst out to the team’s best start since going 3-0-0 in 2008. Creighton went on to win its first four matches that season, before dropping its fifth contest. The best start in school history came in 1993 as the Bluejays began the year, 5-0-0.