Bluejays' Magical Season Ends in Shootout Loss to Charlotte
Through the first half, the Bluejays put a few
scoring chances on net, but Charlotte goalkeeper Klay Davis was up to the
challenge stopping three shots and using a teammate to stop another. One
of Creighton's best scoring chances in the opening half came off of a corner kick in the 32nd
minute, when Andrew Ribeiro connected on a header from Castro's serve,
but Davis made the save.
That save on Ribeiro's header came 11 minutes after the Jays had back-to-back shot attempts, the first by Jose Gomez. Gomez unleashed a shot, but it was stopped by a 49er defender. The 49ers then knocked the ball off the crossbar while trying to clear it and Finlay collected a rebound at the top of the box and ripped his shot just left of the frame.
Creighton was making its fourth appearance in the NCAA College Cup, its first since losing to Stanford in double overtime in 2002. The Bluejays end the season on a 12-match unbeaten streak, having entered the semifinals on an 11-match winning streak.
The Bluejays will lose five senior starters from this year's team - Finlay, Holt, Andrew Duran, Greg Jordan and Jace Peters, while Clark also played in his last match for the Bluejays on Friday night.
NOTES: Three of Creighton's last four College Cup matches have gone to overtime, the Jays are now 1-1-1 in those matches ... Creighton's 19 shutouts tie Akron (2009) for second in NCAA history, one shy of the record 20 owned by Evansville (1990) ... CU's 0.20 goals against average topped Evansville's 1990 record of 0.24 ... Creighton's 21 wins leads the NCAA, as does its 19 shutouts, 0.20 goals against average and 92.6 save percentage ... Creighton allowed only five goals in 24 matches ... Holt ends his career with 44 shutouts, an NCAA record according to this year's NCAA record book ... Holt led the NCAA with a 0.21 GAA and 92.3 save percentage in 2011 ... Holt's career goals against average of 0.62 set a school and league record, as did his 44 shutouts and 57 victories ... Holt was presented the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award during halftime of the second semifinal on Friday night ... Creighton's shutout percentage of 79.2 ranks second in NCAA history ... The loss dropped Creighton to 6-2-0 against top 25 teams this year, as Charlotte was ranked 14th in the final NSCAA poll ... CU is 2-2-0 all-time vs. Charlotte ... CU is now 26-16-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, but just 1-5-1 at neutral sites ... Bolowich led the Bluejays to the College Cup after leading his last three North Carolina teams to the College Cup, becoming the first coach in NCAA history to lead two different teams to the College Cup within four successive years ... Bolowich is one of 12 coaches to make five College Cup appearances.