OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's soccer team hosts DePaul in a single match this week on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in Morrison Stadium.
10/3: W, 3-2 - at Providence - Glay Field
10/6: W, 1-0 -at Seton Hall - Owen C. Carroll Field
10/12: vs. DePaul - Morrison Stadium - 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Scouting Creighton (9-3-1, 2-1-1 BIG EAST):
Coming off back-to-back road victories at Providence (3-1 on 10/3) and at Seton Hall (1-0 on 10/6), the Bluejays play three of their final five BIG EAST conference matches in the friendly confines of Morrison Stadium. Creighton is 6-1-0 at home this season, punching in 26 goals.
Sophomore Kirstyn Corder has been the driving force for the Creighton offense,
scoring a team-high seven goals. She delivered the game-winning goal in both matches last week and has four game winners in 2013.
Defensively the Bluejays have gotten everything they hoped for from goalkeeper
Danielle Rice. The freshman has four shutouts this season, including two in BIG EAST play. Rice has a 0.95 goals against average (GAA) in BIG EAST play and a 1.08 GAA for the season.
Scouting DePaul (8-2-2, 2-1-1 BIG EAST)
Picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll, the Blue Demons opened BIG EAST play with a 0-0 tie at Georgetown and have continued to play well since. DePaul is anchored by its defense, which boasts the 15th ranked GAA in the nation at 0.552. The Blue Demons have allowed just seven goals in 12 matches this season, surrendering just two in four BIG EAST matches.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alejandria Godinez is the primary reason the Blue Demons have been so stingy. Godinez is tied for second in the BIG EAST with Creighton’s Danielle Rice as both have 66 saves on the season. She has played all but 9:37 for DePaul in 2013, facing 150 shots.
Offensively the Blue Demons have goals from seven different players, led by five from sophomore Elisa Wyatt. She has been held scoreless in BIG EAST play, as senior Ashleigh Goddard and junior Rachel Pitman have each tallied two goals in conference play.
Corder Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Sophomore Kirstyn Corder’s two game-winning goals last week earned her the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honor on Monday, Oct. 7. Freshman goalkeeper Danielle Rice also earned a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll for her shutout at Seton Hall.
Corder is the first Bluejay to earn the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Award, senior Kelsey O’Donnell and Emily Roll have each grabbed Defensive Player of the Week nods this season. Rice, meanwhile, earned Goalkeeper of the week on Oct. 16.
Corder delivered the game-winning goal in each of Bluejays two road victories this week, 3-2 at Providence (10/3) and 1-0 at Seton Hall (10/6). The sophomore midfielder picked up Creighton’s final goal to push the Bluejay lead to 3-1 in the 61st minute at Providence. Three days later she scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Seton Hall. Corder leads the Bluejays with seven goals this season.
Rice allowed two goals in the win at Providence, then recorded her fourth shutout of the season in Creighton’s 1-0 win at Seton Hall. Rice’s play was critical against the Pirates, making three of her five saves at Seton Hall in one-on-one situations.
BIG EAST RPI Rankings
Team RPI Record
Georgetown 4 11-0-2
Marquette 11 11-3-0
St. John’s 53 7-3-2
DePaul 59 8-2-2
Butler 85 8-4-2
Creighton 88 9-3-1
Villanova 89 5-6-2
Xavier 97 7-5-1
Seton Hall 102 4-7-2
Providence 135 4-6-3
Missouri Valley RPI Rankings
Team RPI Record
Illinois State 116 7-6-0
Loyola Chicago 139 4-5-4
Evansville 172 9-2-1
Missouri State 201 5-7-1
Indiana State 240 4-8-0
Drake 267 2-7-3
Northern Iowa 317 1-12-0
Now That's a Jump!
Comparing the final RPI of 2012 to the current 2013 RPI, Creighton has made the second greatest improvement of any team in the NCAA. The Bluejays finished 2012 at 268 and are presently 88. The 180 spot increase is surpassed by only the jump made by UAB, who moved from 281 to 90 (191 spots).
The Bluejays next opponent, DePaul also has made an impressive improvement. The Blue Demons closed 2012 at 131 and currently sit at 59, a 72 spot increase. Note courtesy of Rob Anderson, Creighton Sports Information Director.
Eastern Time Fitting Bluejays Nicely
After opening the BIG EAST season with a 2-1 loss to conference favorite Marquette, a three-game road stretch seemed daunting. However, a tie at St. John’s (9/29) followed by victories at Providence (10/3, Seton Hall (10/6) have the Bluejays considering a permanent move to the east.