NEW YORK - Creighton men's soccer freshman Ricky Lopez-Espin earned Rookie of the Week honors from the BIG EAST and junior Connor Sparrow claimed Goalkeeper of the Week recognition, the league office announced Monday. Senior Jose Ribas also claimed a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.
The accolades mark the first of the season for the Bluejays. Last season Creighton totaled six Player of the Week honors from the conference. The laurels are the first for both Lopez-Espin and Sparrow at Creighton.
Lopez-Espin’s first two career goals were both game-winners as Creighton marched out to a 2-0-0 record with Friday’s 2-0 win over No. 20 Stanford and Sunday’s 1-0 triumph against Santa Clara. He also assisted on Friday’s insurance goal and finished the weekend with five points.
Sparrow played all 180 minutes in net and backstopped the Bluejays to a 2-0-0 weekend, including Friday’s 2-0 shutout of No. 20 Stanford. The junior made three saves in Friday’s victory and added five more in Sunday’s 1-0 blanking of Santa Clara.
The honor roll achievement collected by Ribas is his first weekly accolade from the BIG EAST. A Bluejay claimed a spot on the conference weekly honor roll in seven of 11 weeks last season.
Ribas helped Creighton’s defense to a pair of shutouts over No. 20 Stanford and Santa Clara over the weekend. He assisted on Lopez-Espin’s game-winning goal against the Broncos in Sunday’s victory.
The Jays return to the pitch on Friday night when they host Western Illinois at 7:30 p.m. CT inside Morrison Stadium. The match will be played in conjunction with the annual Socctoberfest held on the stadium grounds, following the women’s soccer match against New Mexico State beginning at 5 p.m.
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