OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 20) -The No. 22 Creighton men's soccer team edged Bradley 1-0 after junior Bruno Castro converted an early penalty kick in the third minute of the match at Morrison Stadium Saturday night.
Castro put the Bluejays up early after an infraction assessed to the Braves, converting a penalty kick at the 2:26 mark of the game. It marked his second goal of the season. Castro is now 2-of-2 on penalty kick conversions for his career after netting one against UC Santa Barbara last Nov. 27.
The Creighton defense took care of the rest as the Jays extended their season-best win streak to six matches and continued a couple of shutout streaks.
With the win, the Jays took over sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) with a 3-0-1 mark and improved to 11-3-2 overall. Bradley dropped to 3-2 in the MVC and 9-5-2 overall.
Creighton held opponents off of the scoreboard for the fourth consecutive match at Morrison Stadium. The last score allowed by CU at home came Sept. 22 versus St. Louis in the 83rd minute. It's been over 383 minutes since Creighton allowed a goal on its home pitch.
CU also extended its shutout streak against MVC foes to 11 consecutive matches. The last score CU allowed to a league opponent came in the conference opener last season (Oct. 12) versus Missouri State at 22:54. It's been nearly 1,183 minutes since the Jays allowed a goal to an MVC team.
Freshman Jeff Gal posted his fourth consecutive shutout, and fifth of the season, for the Jays. He improved his record to 7-0 on the year.
Creighton celebrates senior day next weekend against Missouri State at 2 p.m. CT at Morrison Stadium. CU will honor its four seniors Jake Brown, Jose Gomez, Brent Kallman and Andrew Ribeiro.
The Jays' final regular-season home match will also be broadcast live on Cox Channel 2 locally.