It marks the first-ever visit to Storrs, Conn., in program history for the Bluejays (16-3-3), the No. 12 national seed of the NCAA Tournament. CU comes into the contest on a 13-match unbeaten streak - the longest among the remaining eight quarterfinal squads. CU earned a spot in the Elite 8 after advancing past top-ranked and No. 5-seeded Akron 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie on the road Nov. 25. The week prior CU defeated No. 21 Washington 4-2 at home inside Morrison Stadium in an NCAA Second Round match Nov. 18.
UConn also beat Washington earlier this season, 1-0 in overtime at home on Sept. 7. UW is the one common opponent between the quarterfinal squads this year.
The Huskies (17-3-1), the No. 4 national seed, will host their third straight NCAA postseason contest in three weeks Sunday. UConn claims a pair of one-goal victories in the 2012 NCAA tourney. The Huskies came from behind at home on Nov. 25 to defeat No. 9-ranked and No. 13-seeded New Mexico 2-1 in double overtime. A week earlier, UConn edged Northeastern 1-0 on its home pitch in an NCAA Second Round match Nov. 18. Connecticut is unbeaten at home this season with a 12-0-1 record.
This year marks the 20th NCAA tournament appearance for Creighton all-time. CU is 27-16-6 all-time in the tourney with four College Cup appearances including the 2011 season. Connecticut is making its 33rd NCAA tournament appearance all-time, earning a postseason berth for the 15th consecutive season. After last Sunday's victory, the Huskies are 38-25-5 all-time in the tourney and are seeking their seventh College Cup appearance after winning the National Championship in both 1981 and 2000.
UConn claimed its last national championship over Creighton at the 2000 College Cup Final in Charlotte, N.C. The Huskies posted a 2-0 win against CU in the final - the Jays' only championship match appearance in program history.
The Bluejays and Huskies have only met twice in program history, both in the NCAA Tournament. In addition to the 2000 NCAA final, Creighton defeated UConn 2-1 in overtime at home inside Morrison Stadium to advance the Jays to the NCAA quarterfinals on Nov. 29, 2008. As a result the all-time series between the schools stands at 1-1. The two teams just missed a third meeting last season in the 2011 tournament as both teams fell to Charlotte on penalty kicks (UConn 1-1 in the quarterfinals, Creighton 0-0 in the semifinals).
Current Creighton head coach Elmar Bolowich is in his second year after guiding the Bluejays to their fourth College Cup appearance in program history in 2011 during his first season at CU. His staff won the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year in his debut season with the Jays. That followed a 22-year stint at North Carolina, where he guided the Tar Heels to 15 NCAA Tournaments, four College Cup appearances and the 2001 National Title. Bolowich continues his 17th NCAA Tournament with a 24-13-6 record all-time.
Bolowich has never faced UConn in the NCAA Tournament. However he was 4-0 against UConn while at North Carolina. His teams never surrendered a goal to the Huskies outscoring them 14-0 including a pair of wins in Storrs during the 1989 (4-0) and 1995 (6-0) seasons.
Last Sunday Creighton upset No. 1 Akron on the road 5-4 on penalty kicks, after the Jays and Zips finished in a 1-1 draw for the second time this season, at UA's FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field to advance to an NCAA Quarterfinal for a second straight year. CU freshman Timo Pitter played a starring role in the Bluejays' victory. The team's leading scorer tapped in the game-tying goal and then clinched the match with the final successful penalty kick.
11/25: W, 5-4 PK, 1-1 at No. 1 Akron - Akron, Ohio
12/2: at No. 7 Connecticut, 12:00 p.m. CT - Storrs, Conn.
What's At Stake
The CU-UConn winner will earn a berth in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer College Cup to be held Dec. 7-9 at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. The victor will face the winner of No. 16-seeded Indiana and No. 5-ranked and No. 9-seeded North Carolina on Friday, Dec. 7 in a national semifinal match.
Following the Jays
This NCAA Tournament quarterfinal match will feature free live video, live audio as well as live stats provided by CBS Gametracker throughout the NCAA Tournament. Fans can access all three via links at GoCreighton.com prior to the contest.
Sunday's match will be broadcast locally on Connecticut radio station WHUS 91.7 FM and online at www.WHUS.org/listen-live.
Sunday's match at Morrone Stadium is sold out as of Friday, Nov. 30.
Scouting the No. 8 Creighton Bluejays (16-3-3)
Creighton advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in program history, its third Elite 8 appearance in the past four seasons, after the Bluejays advanced past Akron 5-4 on PKs following a 1-1 tie in an NCAA Third Round match on Nov. 25. A week prior, CU knocked off Washington 4-2 on Nov. 18 in an NCAA Second Round match.
The last time Creighton advanced on PKs in the NCAA Tournament was on Nov. 26, 2003, a 5-3 win over San Diego. CU evened its record at 3-3 in NCAA matches decided by PKs. The Jays are 18-6-4 in their last nine NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the quarterfinals in six of their last 10 trips to the tourney.
CU freshman Timo Pitter played a starring role in the Bluejays' match at Akron. The team's leading scorer tapped in the game-tying goal and then clinched the match with the final successful penalty kick.
It was not until the 83rd minute that Creighton tied the match at 1-1 as senior co-captain Andrew Ribeiro fed Pitter. The first-year player from Germany beat Akron's goalkeeper David Meves one-on-one to net his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
Creighton freshman goalkeeper Jeff Gal kept his record unblemished at 12-0-1 this season after making a career-high eight saves on the evening including a crucial one on a penalty kick early in the first overtime.
At the same time, CU sophomore Jose Ribas was sent to the sideline with a red card in the 91st minute, as the Bluejays played a man down for 19 minutes of the overtime periods. After weathering Akron's storm early in the first overtime, the Jays settled in and maintained their composure to claim a 1-1 draw and force penalty kicks.
Each team made their first three penalty kick attempts, but Akron missed its fourth try against Creighton's Alex Bolowich who came into the net just for the penalty kicks. Each team succeeded once more to knot the PK count at 4-4 leading up to Pitter's decisive winning shot on CU's fifth attempt.
The Bluejays and Huskies have only met twice in program history, both in the NCAA Tournament. Connecticut claimed its second NCAA Championship with a 2-0 victory over Creighton in the 2000 College Cup Final. Additionally, Creighton defeated UConn 2-1 in overtime at home inside Morrison Stadium to advance the Jays to the NCCA quarterfinals on Nov. 29, 2008. As a result the all-time series between the schools stands at 1-1.
Entering the third week of the NCAA Tournament, Creighton ranks No. 17 nationally with a 0.45 shutout percentage (10-of-22 matches). The Jays also rank No. 21 nationally for team goals against average (0.82) and stand at No. 20 in the country in save percentage (0.829).
Freshman Timo Pitter leads the team with 24 points, 10 goals and 65 shot attempts this season. Senior co-captain Jose Gomez is second on the Jays with 20 points, six goals and 58 shot attempts in 2012. Gomez and sophomore Jose Ribas are tied atop the CU stat sheet with eight assists apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Jeff Gal remained undefeated at 12-0-1 after the tie. He ranks eighth nationally in goals against average (0.671) and stands seventh in the country for save percentage (.850).
Scouting the Connecticut Huskies (17-3-1)
Connecticut, the No. 4 national seed, will host their third straight NCAA postseason contest in three weeks Sunday. UConn claims a pair of one-goal victories in the 2012 NCAA tourney. The Huskies came from behind at home on Nov. 25 to defeat No. 9-ranked and No. 13-seeded New Mexico 2-1 in double overtime. A week earlier, UConn edged Northeastern 1-0 on its home pitch in an NCAA Second Round match Nov. 18. Connecticut is unbeaten at home this season with a 12-0-1 record.
UConn is making its 33rd NCAA tournament appearance all-time, earning a postseason berth for the 15th consecutive season. After last Sunday's victory, the Huskies are 38-25-5 all-time in the tourney and are seeking their seventh College Cup appearance after winning the National Championship in both 1981 and 2000.
Connecticut claimed its last national championship over Creighton at the 2000 College Cup Final in Charlotte, N.C. The Huskies posted a 2-0 win against CU in the final - the Jays' only championship match appearance in program history.
UConn is ranked No. 7 in the nation in the RPI as well as the latest NSCAA poll. The Huskies are making their second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. UConn fell at home to Charlotte in a 2011 quarterfinal 4-2 on PKs after a 1-1 draw.
The Huskies' head coach Ray Reid is in his 16th season in Storrs. He was on the sideline for the UConn 2000 national championship victory over Creighton. UConn has appeared in every NCAA Tournament since the 1998 season under the direction of Reid.
UConn ranks third in the nation in team goals against average (0.51). The Huskies rank fifth nationally in shutout percentage (0.570) and stand sixth in the country save percentage (0.849).
Connecticut junior Mamadou Doudou Diouf leads the Huskies with 32 points and 15 goals in 2012. UConn senior Carlos Alvarez leads the team with nine assists this season.
Sophomore Andre Blake has played every match in net for the Huskies this season, making 61 saves and posting 11 shutouts. In 21 starts, he carries a 0.516 goals against average to rank third in the country and owns a 0.847 save percentage to rank eighth nationally.
The Last Meeting
OMAHA, Neb. (Nov. 29, 2008) - The second-ranked Creighton men's soccer team topped No. 22 Connecticut 2-1 in overtime in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Morrison Stadium. The seventh-seeded Bluejays (16-1-2) advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament where they will travel to second-seeded and third-ranked Maryland in College Park, Md. Senior Seth Sinovic headed in the game-winner in the 99th minute off of a free kick from senior Andrei Gotsmanov to keep the Bluejays' season alive.
The Jays conceded a goal in the 33rd minute when UConn's Tony Cascio snuck behind the Bluejay defense on a lead pass from Akeem Priestly and he put his shot into the net.
Creighton finally broke through the UConn defense in the 79th minute on a set play. After a Huskie foul was called about 40 yards from the goal, Gotsmanov took the free kick for the Jays. He knocked in his service to the far post where freshman Ethan Finlay headed the ball in front of the net and junior Chris Schuler connected on a header of his own.
The Jays scored on their only shot of overtime. The play was set up after UConn was issued a yellow card. Gotsmanov, the MVC Player of the Year, took the free kick again - this time on the opposite side of the pitch as his first assist. The lefty placed a low drive into the box, where Sinovic flicked a header into the net for UConn, touching off a celebration on the pitch and in the stands.
The win moves the Bluejays to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005 and the fourth time since 2002. UConn's loss ends the Huskies season with an 11-5-6 record.
NCAA Tournament History
Creighton is making its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance, all in the past 21 seasons (missed in 2009). CU is 27-16-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 12-4-0 at home and 11-1-0 at Morrison Stadium.
The Jays have now won at least two NCAA Tournament matches in nine of their 21 trips. The Jays are 17-6-5 in their last 10 appearances, advancing to the quarterfinals on six occasions since 2002.
CU appeared in 17 straight NCAA Tournaments between 1992 and 2008, before missing the 2009 NCAA event despite an RPI of 35. The Jays advanced to their fourth College Cup in program history last season.
Against the Field
Creighton has played six matches against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams, going 1-3-2 against those squads. Last weekend CU tied Akron at 1-1 for the second time this season before advancing to the Elite Eight 5-4 on penalty kicks. The week prior CU toppled Washington 4-2 to record its first win against the field.
Creighton also tied No. 5 seed Akron 1-1 in Omaha in the second game of the season on Aug. 31.
The Jays' only three losses of the season came at the hands of NCAA tourney squads. CU fell 2-1 to then-No. 14 Old Dominion on Sept. 14 and dropped a 3-1 contest to No. 8 seed St. Louis on Sept. 22. Creighton later fell 2-0 at No. 11 seed Tulsa on Sept. 25. Since that setback, CU is 11-0-2 and enters the NCAA quarterfinals on a 13-match unbeaten streak.
Tough Road to the College Cup
Creighton and UConn emerged from the only quarter of the bracket that advanced four seeded teams to the round of 16. Joining the No. 12-seeded Jays was No. 4 Connecticut, No. 5 Akron and No. 13 New Mexico.
Creighton and Connecticut claim the same national rankings they owned during the 2000 National Championship match in Charlotte, N.C. That year the No. 7-ranked Huskies defeated the No. 8-ranked Bluejays 2-0 in the month of December just shy of 12 years ago.
Creighton is 2-0 against schools whose team moniker is the "Huskies" this season. The Jays opened the 2012 season at home with a 3-1 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies. Two weeks ago Creighton toppled the Washington Huskies 4-2 in an NCAA Second Round match inside Morrison Stadium. Extending the stat to all canines, CU is 3-0-1 on the season with a 0-0 tie at Drake Sept. 29 and a 3-2 double overtime victory over the Bulldogs at the MVC Tournament Nov. 9 in Peoria, Ill.
Connecticut sold all 5,100 tickets to the NCAA quarterfinal match between the Jays and Huskies on Sunday at Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn. Creighton is 2-6-1 in front of 5,000-plus fans since 2000, but is still seeking its first win in front of a sizable crowd away from home since defeating Indiana 2-1 in triple overtime of the 2000 College Cup semifinals to set up a meeting with UConn. Earlier this season Creighton fell 2-1 to then-No. 14 Old Dominion in front of 6,848 fans at Morrison Stadium on Sept. 14.
PKs Sometimes Not OK
Creighton and Connecticut have bowed out of the NCAA Tournament on the wrong side of a penalty kick result a combined five times over the last three seasons.
The Jays and Huskies both fell to the 2011 national runner-up Charlotte last season in a penalty kick setback. After a 1-1 tie the Huskies fell 4-2 to the 49ers on PKs in the quarters to end the year. Creighton's 2011 campaign came to an end the following week on a 4-1 shootout loss to Charlotte after a scoreless draw in the College Cup semifinals.
The Bluejays bowed out of the 2010 tournament in an NCAA Second Round match at SMU. The host Mustangs advanced 5-3 on PKs after a 2-2 tie in Dallas.
The Huskies have fared slightly worse seeing their season end 7-6 on PKs in 2010 after a 1-1 tie against Brown in the second round of the tourney. In 2009 Monmouth edged UConn 4-3 in PKs after a scoreless draw in an NCAA First Round match in Storrs.
The tide may be turning for Creighton. Prior to the Jays' 5-4 shootout win at Akron following a 1-1 tie last Sunday, the last time CU advanced on PKs in the NCAA Tournament was Nov. 26, 2003 - a 5-3 win over San Diego. CU evened its record at 3-3 in NCAA matches decided by PKs.
Creighton is currently on a 13-match unbeaten streak. Since a 2-0 setback at No. 11-seeded Tulsa (Sept. 25) CU is 11-0-2, rattling off 11 straight wins bookended by ties at Drake (Sept. 29) and at No. 5-seeded Akron (Nov. 25).
CU's string of matches without a loss is the longest active unbeaten streak among the eight quarterfinal teams, followed by No. 2-seeded Maryland currently on a five-match win streak. The Bluejays' season-long streak ranks second among quarterfinalists only to the Terrapins who went unbeaten in 16 matches to start 2012.
CU entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament on a 10-game winning streak. It marks the second-longest streak entering the NCAA postseason in school history behind the 1993 team, which entered the tourney on a 19-game run.
CU vs. Top 25
Creighton is 1-1-2 against top 25 teams this year after the official 1-1 draw at Akron last week. CU won a 4-2 decision over Washington Nov. 18. Another 1-1 draw against then-No.7 Akron on Aug. 31 and a 2-1 loss to then-No. 14 Old Dominion on Sept. 14 account for the other matches. CU is 62-43-12 all-time against the Coaches' Top 25.
Bluejays-Huskies Match Features Trio of 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists
Creighton senior Jose Gomez, Connecticut junior Mamadou Doudou Diouf and UConn senior Carlos Alvarez each earned recognition as three of the 15 semifinalists selected for the 2012 Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced Wednesday.
The selection of Gomez marks the third straight season that a Bluejay has claimed a semifinalist spot for the MAC Hermann Trophy - the most prestigious individual award in college soccer. Last season's list included Brian Holt and repeat semifinalist Ethan Finlay who was also a 2010 choice. Finlay finished as the runner-up for the award last season.
Gomez is the latest Bluejay to be named a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist joining a long list of former Creighton stars previously selected for the same national honor. Current Creighton assistant coach Johnny Torres won the award in 1997. In addition to Finlay, Bluejay greats Keith DeFini, Brian Kamler, Richard Mulrooney, and Ross Paule were all finalists for the award. Fellow CU semifinalists include Holt, Andrei Gotsmanov (2008), Julian Nash (2004), David Wagenfuhr (2003) and Mike Tranchilla (2001, 2002). Tranchilla finished fourth in the final 2002 vote.
New this year is a fan-voting component, conducted through LockerDome, which allows fans to also contribute to picking this year's MAC Hermann Trophy winners.
Three finalists for the award will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 6. They will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club and the winner will be announced during the MAC Hermann Trophy banquet in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.
Jays Claim More Awards after NCAA Third Round Win
Three Creighton men's soccer players earned recognition from a pair of national websites this week after the Bluejays advanced 5-4 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw at previously top-ranked Akron Nov. 25.
CU freshmen Timo Pitter and Jeff Gal each earned a nod on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week while senior Brent Kallman claimed a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week as a defender. The honors are the first for each player from a national website.
College Soccer News later named Pitter to its 2012 All-Freshman First Team.
Freshman Timo Pitter continues to rapidly tap the ball past opposing goalkeepers this season. His score at Akron (11/25) was his team-leading 10th of the season. The week prior Pitter scored his ninth goal of the season against Washington for his first NCAA Tournament score.
Pitter's 10 scores are the most by any CU freshman in 22 seasons dating back to 1990. That year former Creighton greats Brian Kamler and Keith DeFini combined for 29 goals as a freshman duo. Kamler netted 10 goals while DeFini scored 19 in 1990.
Men's Soccer Trio Named MVC Scholars
For the third straight season three Creighton men's soccer players were named to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Scholar-Athlete First Team, the league announced Nov. 19.
Each student-athlete was a first-time recipient of the conference honor. The MVC recognized junior Bruno Castro, sophomore Eric Miller and classmate Jose Ribas. The trio of Bluejays on the first team is the most by any school in the Valley for 2012.
Cutting It Close
After a 2-1 victory over SIUE on Nov. 11 in the MVC Final, the Jays are 11-1 in games decided by one goal in 2012. A 3-2 double overtime win over Drake in the MVC semifinals Nov. 9 marked CU's third overtime victory of the year. The Bluejays are undefeated at 3-0-3 in extra time this season after the 1-1 tie at Akron Nov. 25.
Double the Titles
CU captured the MVC Tournament title in the same season as the MVC regular-season championship for the eighth time this season. The Jays have been double champs in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012.
MVC Tournament History
After a 2-1 title victory over SIUE, the Bluejays are 33-8-1 all-time MVC tournament record, the most tournament victories in league history. CU has won more tournament titles, 13, than all other MVC teams combined.
The Jays have appeared in 16 of the 22 MVC tournament championship matches, including six of the last eight. The Jays have lost in the quarterfinals once, the semifinals five times, in the championship match three times and won the other 13 tournaments in which they've appeared.
The Jays are the only team in league history with more than three tournament titles.
Senior Jose Gomez was named the MVC Tournament MVP after posting two scores for the Jays on the weekend. Joining Gomez on the MVC All-Tournament team were fellow seniors Brent Kallman and Andrew Ribeiro as well as sophomore Eric Miller.
Men's Soccer Claims Multiple MVC Honors
The Creighton men's soccer team claimed three specialty awards and placed six student-athletes on Missouri Valley All-Conference teams, the league announced Nov. 8 at the Men's Soccer Championship banquet hosted by Bradley.
Senior co-captain Jose Gomez became the 11th player in program history to take home MVC Player of the Year Honors. The Bluejays have won the award on 12 occasions as Ethan Finlay earned the accolade for a second time last season.
Fellow senior co-captain Andrew Ribeiro claimed MVC Defensive Player of the Year recognition. It marks the ninth time that a CU player won claimed the award.
The MVC recognized CU's Timo Pitter as the Freshman of the Year. Creighton first-year players have claimed four of the last five freshman honors in the league. Pitter is the seventh Bluejay to earn the laurel.
Sophomore midfielder Eric Miller joined Gomez, Ribeiro and Pitter on the MVC First Team. Sophomore Jose Ribas was the only CU member of the MVC Second Team. Freshman defender Brendan Hines-Ike joined Pitter on the MVC All-Freshman team this year.
Jays Claim 12th MVC Regular Season Title
After a 2-1 defeat at Evansville (11/3), the Jays clinched their third straight Valley title and a bye into the MVC Tournament semifinals. CU claimed its second outright crown in three seasons.
No Losses in Title Run
Creighton finished 2012 with a 5-0-1 mark in MVC play. The last time CU finished the conference season without a loss was in 2008 (4-0-1). The Jays have now finished atop the MVC without a loss on seven occasions (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2007, 2008 and 2012).
Creighton captured its 12th MVC regular-season title this year marking its third straight crown and its sixth in the last seven years. The title also gives head coach Elmar Bolowich back-to-back-to-back regular-season titles (after winning the ACC at North Carolina in 2010).
Dominant Defense Ties MVC Goals Allowed Record
With one goal allowed in conference play this year Creighton's shutout defense tied the MVC team record for the fewest goals allowed in a Valley season set last year by CU.
The 2012 Jays remained ahead of three teams, including CU's 1995 squad, who shared the previous all-time low record of two goals allowed in a conference season prior to 2011.
CU logged 12 consecutive shutouts of MVC opponents from Oct. 12, 2011 through Nov. 3, 2012. The Bluejays' defensive shutout streak ended after a total of 1,293 minutes.
Creighton tied its single-season consecutive home shutout record (1999, 2003, and 2011) this season by recording five straight clean sheets at home - all in October.
Coming into the postseason, the Jays had blanked opponents for the last 457:07 in Morrison Stadium dating back to Sept. 22.
Jays Rank No. 11 in Latest NCAA RPI
Creighton ranks at No. 11 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released by the NCAA on Nov. 11. The Jays moved up three spots from No. 14 after winning the MVC Tournament Title.
One and Done
CU has won its last 11 games that were decided by a 1-0 score, including a 6-0 record this season. In 2011 CU posted seven 1-0 wins - the most in school history. The 2002 College Cup team also posted six 1-0 victories. Head coach Elmar Bolowich is 14-2 at CU in matches that end 1-0 and is 27-4 over the past four years.
Miller Claims First Scholar-Athlete Accolade
Sophomore Eric Miller claimed his first MVC Scholar-Athlete Award earlier last week after scoring his first career goal and notching his third career assist in a 3-2 double overtime win over Drake in the MVC Semifinals Nov. 9. He also played in all 90 minutes of Creighton's 2-1 win over SIUE in the MVC Tournament Final Nov. 11.
Prior to the conference tourney Miller was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VII team. He also won recognition on the 2012 All-MVC First Team as well as the 2012 MVC All-Tournament Team. Miller started all 17 matches for the Bluejays in which he has played.
Miller, who has a 3.71 cumulative grade-point average in business, has played 90 or more minutes in 13 matches in 2012. This fall he was selected to the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team, playing over 220 minutes in three games at the Marbella Cup in Spain.
Ribas Earns Fourth Scholar-Athlete Award
Sophomore Jose Ribas earned MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors Nov. 20.
The award is the third time he has earned the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week. He also claimed the award Sept. 19, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7.
The Guayaquil, Ecuador, native posted his seventh and eighth assist of the year in the Jays' 4-2 victory over Washington Nov. 18.
Ribas, who has a 3.60 cumulative grade point average in business, is tied for the team lead with eight assists this season.
Pitter Collects First Career MVC Honor
Freshman Timo Pitter claimed MVC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts in the Bluejays' 2-1 win over Evansville on Nov. 3; the league announced Nov. 5.
Pitter's conference accolade is the first of his career. The MVC has recognized CU players with weekly awards six times this season including once in each of the past four weeks.
The freshman from Oberschwarzach, Germany, scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season to lead Creighton to a 2-1 victory at Evansville Nov. 3 and help the Jays clinch an outright MVC regular season title and the top seed in the Valley tournament.
Bolowich and the College Cup
CU head coach Elmar Bolowich is among 10 coaches who have appeared in four straight College Cups, but he was the first to do so with two different teams.
The 2011 season marked his fifth appearance in the College Cup, joining 11 other head coaches that have reached five Cups.
Bolowich and Bob Guelker (SIUE and St. Louis) are the only coaches to take two different teams to the Cup.
Two Jays Earn Academic All-District Honors
Two men's soccer players earned 2012 Capital One Academic All-District VII First Team honors as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) the organization announced Nov. 1.
Junior Bruno Castro and sophomore Eric Miller were each recognized for work both on the field and in the classroom. The honor is the first for each player.
As First Team All-District members Castro and Miller will be placed on a national ballot for a chance to be Academic All-America selections while competing against student-athletes from across the country.
Ribeiro Collects Third MVC Honor of 2012
Senior Andrew Ribeiro MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 29 for efforts in the Jays' 1-0 win vs. Missouri State Oct. 27.
Ribeiro's conference accolade is the third of his career and in 2012 following previous honors this season on Oct. 15 and Sept. 4.
The senior from Green Bay, Wis., attempted one shot and played every minute of the Jays' 1-0 victory over the Bears. The senior co-captain has played all but eight minutes this season for the Bluejays.
Gomez Claims MVC Accolade
Senior Jose Gomez claimed MVC Offensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 23.
Gomez's conference accolade is the second of his career and in 2012. The senior was also honored by the conference earlier this season on Sept. 4 after the Ameritas Classic.
One week after earning National Player of the Week honors, he continued his offensive prowess in front of Bluejay fans at Morrison Stadium. Gomez scored the game-winning goal off of a crossing pass in a 3-0defeat of UMKC Oct. 16. He later assisted on another.
Eric Miller Makes Return after Playing for U.S. Under-20 National Team
Sophomore Eric Miller returned to the Jays after missing three matches playing for U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team in October.
U.S. National Team head coach Tab Ramos led the team in Spain's 2012 Marbella Cup.
Miller played 69 minutes off the bench in a 2-1 loss to Canada in Marbella on Oct. 10. The U.S. rebounded to beat Scotland 2-0 Oct. 12; Miller saw 63 minutes of match time.
Miller made his first start on Oct. 16, playing all 90 minutes in a 3-2 win over Azerbaijan.
Jays Celebrate 600th Match with a Win
Creighton posted a 1-0 win over Missouri State Oct. 27 in the program's 600th match. CU is currently 394-153-58 in 30 seasons of men's soccer.
Gomez Climbing Morrison Record Book
After scoring a goal and notching an assist against UMKC Oct. 16, senior Jose Gomez tied Tim Bohnenkamp (2004-07) for No. 1 with 15 career assists inside Morrison Stadium.
Gomez's goal moved him into a tie for No. 5 all-time on the stadium list at nine scores. Currently he ranks No. 2 in shots on goal with 37 and No. 3 in points with 33 at home.
CU finished the month of October undefeated at 7-0. Creighton improved to 61-11-12 in the month of October since 2002. The Jays have now gone unbeaten in five Octobers since then (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2012).
Gomez Tabbed National Player of the Week
Senior Jose Gomez claimed Men's College Soccer National Player of the Week honors from TopDrawerSoccer.com and earned a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week on Oct. 15.
The national honors for Gomez this week mark the first of his career. He is just the second CU player in the past four seasons to garner the National Player of the Week award. Departed senior Ethan Finlay claimed the honor last season on Dec. 5.
Gomez posted six points in CU's two road victories Oct. 9-13. On Oct. 13, he netted a score and an assist in a 3-0 victory at MVC foe Central Arkansas. Earlier in the week, Gomez assisted on all three Creighton goals, including the game-winning score in overtime, in a 3-2 victory at Princeton in front of a national television audience on ESPNU Tuesday, Oct. 9.
The Santa Ana, Calif., native is the first Jay to earn an assist on three CU goals in the same game since Seth Sinovic helped on three scores at Eastern Illinois on Nov. 8, 2008.
Offense Comes Alive
Creighton's 3-0 victory vs. UMKC Oct. 16 coupled with a 3-0 win at UCA Oct. 13 and the Jays' 3-2 OT win at Princeton Oct. 9 marked the first time the Jays' offense scored three or more goals in three consecutive matches since 2005.
Creighton's offense opened the 2012 NCAA Tournament against Washington Nov. 18 firing on all cylinders and scoring four goals against the Huskies - the most for the Jays since a 5-0 victory at UMKC last season on Aug. 31, 2011. CU also put UW defense back on its heels as the Jays' four goals tied the most allowed this season by the Huskies.
Four Jays Represented on TopDrawerSoccer's Midseason 100 to Watch
At midseason (10/3) soccer website TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked senior Jose Gomez as the No. 3 college prospect in the country. Three other Jays also made the Top 100 as sophomore Eric Miller rated No. 32, junior Zach Barnes stood No. 75 and senior Andrew Ribeiro ranked No. 98.
Alex Bolowich Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
Alex Bolowich of the Creighton men's soccer team was selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week for his performance during the period of Aug. 27-Sept. 2.
A sophomore from Chapel Hill, N.C., Bolowich was named to the Ameritas Classic Championship All-Tournament team, helping the Jays to a 1-1 draw with No. 7 Akron (8/31) and a 3-0 win over Rutgers (9/2).
Bolowich, who has a 3.43 cumulative grade point average in communications, allowed one goal in 200 combined minutes on the week. He held Akron to just one goal on 15 shots, despite the Zips being one of the top scoring teams in the NCAA over the past three seasons.
Flying in a Pack
The Jays set a single-match attendance record in their 2-1 loss to No. 14 Old Dominion (9/14) as 6,848 fans watched the match. That mark eclipsed the previous attendance record of 5,812, set in a match against UCLA on Sept. 8, 2007. Creighton has welcomed 27,015 fans at home this year.
Top 10 Creighton Home Crowds
1. 6,848 vs. Old Dominion, Sept. 14, 2012
2. 5,812 vs. UCLA, Sept. 8, 2007
3. 5,743 vs. Stanford (Exh.), Aug. 26, 2005
4. 5,609 vs. Missouri State, Sept. 19, 2009
5. 5,425 vs. Drexel, Sept. 4, 2011
6. 4,407 vs. Saint Louis, Aug. 31, 1997
7. 4,345 vs. Virginia (Exh.), Aug. 28, 1993
8. 4,242 vs. Fordham, Sept. 9, 2011
9. 4,071 vs. Gonzaga, Aug. 29, 2008
10. 4,029 vs. UMKC (Exh.), Aug. 27, 2004