INDIANAPOLIS – After emerging from halftime down 1-0, the No. 22 Creighton men’s soccer team scored three consecutive goals in the second half to record its first BIG EAST conference road victory over Butler 3-2 at the Butler Bowl Wednesday night.
The Creighton (7-5-2, 3-2-1 BIG EAST) victory snapped the Bluejays’ three-match losing streak. Butler (9-5-1, 3-3-0 BIG EAST) suffered its first home loss this season to drop to 6-1 on the year at the Bowl. As a result, Creighton leapfrogs Butler in the BIG EAST standings to move into fifth place overall, just two points behind fellow Wednesday night victors Providence and Xavier who are tied for third.
CU sophomore Christian Blandon halted the Jays’ scoreless streak that dated back to Oct. 5 and spanned more than 367 minutes. Classmate Timo Pitter later broke the tie in the 77th minute to make it 2-1 Creighton. Junior Eric Miller capped the Jays’ scoring streak with a goal at 86:40 to put CU up 3-1 before Butler notched a late goal in the final minute for the end result.
The three goals scored by Creighton after halftime are the most CU has tallied in a half since the second stanza of the Bluejays’ 4-2 victory over Washington in an NCAA Second Round match in Omaha last Nov. 18.
Butler struck first with a goal by Vincent Mitchell, his seventh of the year, in the 14th minute. Mitchell found the back of the net on a header from 15 yards out after a feed from Austin Oldham.
The Bulldogs’ 1-0 lead would hold up heading into the locker rooms at halftime. BU posted nine shots while Creighton recorded three in the opening 45. Butler led corner kicks in the first 2-0.
Blandon evened the score at 1-1 on a header just in front of the goal that found a home in the left-side netting in the 49th minute. Sophomore Vincent Keller earned the assist on Blandon’s second goal of the year.
The match remained knotted at 1-1 for the next 27 minutes until Pitter’s fourth goal of the year at the 76:09 mark put CU up 2-1. Pitter scored his fourth goal of the year, the sophomore’s first score since Sept. 6 against Columbia, on an assist from freshman Fabian Herbers.
Just over 10 minutes later, Miller tallied the Jays’ third-straight goal from the left side on a feed from Pitter to move Creighton ahead 3-1. It marked Miller’s third score of the season.
Butler’s David Goldsmith cut the margin to one at 3-2 late with just under a minute remaining in regulation. His goal crossed the line from 15 yards on an assist from Jeff Adkins.
CU junior goalkeeper Alex Bolowich and the Jays defense held off the Bulldog attack late as the final BU attempt sailed high over the goal as time expired.
Bolowich finished the night with eight saves and improved to 6-4-1 overall with the win. Butler’s Jon Dawson took the loss to drop to 8-5-1 this season.
The Bulldogs ended the night with more shot attempts at 19-11 and more corners 5-1 but came up short on saves as CU claimed eight to BU’s five.
Creighton continues its two-match conference road swing at Seton Hall on Saturday with a noon CT start.