OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 3 Creighton men’s soccer team played in a program-record fourth consecutive double-overtime match Tuesday night as the Bluejays came away with a 2-2 tie against Michigan State at Morrison Stadium.
Creighton (5-1-1, 1-0-0 BIG EAST) is 2-1-1 in the four-game span of matches that extended beyond regulation after tonight’s result against Michigan State (4-1-1, 0-0-0 Big Ten). It marks the first tie for the Bluejays since a 1-1 decision at Akron in the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament last November. CU advanced 5-4 on penalty kicks against the Zips to advance.
Michigan State opened the scoring in the 13th minute off of a corner kick that bounced around a crowd in front of the Bluejay net. Fatai Alashe scored his first goal of the season on a deflection to make it 1-0 Spartans.
Almost eight minutes later, CU freshman Marvin Iskra scored a goal from eight yards out to beat MSU goalkeeper Zach Bennett on an assist from senior Bruno Castro to knot the score at 1-1. Creighton junior Jose Ribas also earned an assist after initiating the play from the left side.
The teams entered halftime tied at 1-1. Creighton held an advantage in shots, 8-2.
MSU also scored early in the second half to take a 2-1 advantage. Keying on another crowd in front of the net, the Spartans were able to head in a shot to the right side of the goal. Tim Kreutz scored his third goal in three games on the header after a rebound off the crossbar.
Just under two minutes later, Castro helped the Bluejays even the score again. Castro headed in a goal from 15 yards out to beat Bennett. It marked his second goal of the season.
Creighton goalkeeper Alex Bolowich moved to 5-1-1 this year while Bennett went to 4-1-1 this season. Bolowich made three saves while Bennett notched four on the evening.
Creighton returns to conference action with its first BIG EAST road match in program history. The No. 3 Bluejays face fellow 2012 College Cup participant in No. 12 Georgetown at noon CT on Saturday in Washington D.C.