Creighton battles Drake to 0-0 Draw in MVC Opener
DES MOINES, Iowa - Despite firing 30 shots, the Creighton Men's Soccer team opened Missouri Valley Conference play with a 0-0 draw at Drake on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Following the match the Jays are 5-3-2 overall and 0-0-1 in MVC play. Drake, meanwhile, moved to 1-7-3 overall and 0-0-1 in the MVC.
Creighton junior Zach Barnes was the first player to fire a shot in the match, he coming in the fourth minute. Shortly thereafter, sophomore Eric Miller delivered the first shot-on-goal, forcing Drake goalkeeper Rich Gallagher to make the first of nine saves.
One of the best opportunities for the Jays to score came midway through the second period as senior Jose Gomez fired three shots in seven seconds. Unfortunately his first two shots were blocked and the third escaped to the right.
Creighton sophomore keeper, Alex Bolowich, posted his second shutout of the season. Bolowich needed make only one save, that coming on a shot by Addison Eck at 73:20.
The Jays outshot Drake, 30-15, including a 6-2 edge in the overtime periods.
Creighton's 30 shots tied the most fired by the Bluejays since at least 2000. Ironically, the only other time a Jays team had 30 shots came in a loss, 2-1 at Bradley on Oct. 28, 2006.
The Bluejays return to Morrison Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 2 to host Loyola-Chicago at 7 p.m.