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Men's Soccer Looks For 12th MVC Tournament Title
Release: 11/09/2010
Kyle Deremer

State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Notes
#12 Creighton Bluejays at MVC Tournament
Shea Stadium • Peoria, Ill. • Nov. 12-14
CU at MVC Tournament: 29-7-1

Following the Jays:  The first four MVC Tournament matches this year will be aired on free MVC Live Video.  The championship match will be televised live on Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports KC, Fox College Sports (Central), Comcast SportsNet Chicago, DirecTV Channel 671, Dish Network Channel 418 and AT&T U-verse Channel 748.  Live stats will also be provided for each match of the event, with links for video and stats provided on Creighton’s website at www.gocreighton.com.
 
This Week: The Missouri Valley Conference regular-season champions and topped seeded Bluejays will play for their 12th MVC Tournament title in Peoria, Ill.  The 12th-ranked Bluejays earned a bye into the semifinals, where they will play the winner of No. 4 Drake-No. 5 Bradley first round match.  Creighton plays at 6 pm on Friday.  The title match will kick off at 1 pm on Sunday at Bradley’s Shea Stadium.

Scouting #12 Creighton (12-4-1, 5-1-1 MVC): Creighton captured its MVC record 10th regular-season championship this season, putting together a 5-1-1 Valley campaign.  CU won its first four games via shutout this season, jumped out to its best start since 1998 and started 4-0-0 in the MVC for the first time since 1999.  Creighton has followed its worst offensive season since 1984 (20 goals in 16 matches last year) with an offensive showing that has ranked among NCAA leaders this season.  The Jays enter the MVC Tournament with 32 goals in 17 matches, good for second in the league.  CU’s 37 assists lead the conference, paced by sophomore Dion Acoff’s league-leading nine helpers which ranks ninth in the NCAA this week.   Preseason All-American forward Ethan Finlay, a MAC Hermann Trophy candidate, is tied for the league-lead and ranks eighth in the NCAA with 12 goals and leads the MVC and ranks 11th in the NCAA with 28 points – the most by a Bluejay since 2002.  Sophomore Jose Gomez has eight assists in his first season as a Bluejay to rank second in the MVC and 19th in the NCAA.  Gomez ranks second on the team with four goals and 16 points, his 16 points ranks third in the MVC.  Junior goalkeeper Brian Holt is the Creighton career record holder with 27 shutouts in just 52 starts and his 0.73 career goals against average ranks second in school and league history.  Freshman Tyler Polak, a U.S. U-20 National Team member, played every minute of Creighton’s first 15 matches this season, helping solidify Creighton’s backline which is anchored by senior Kyle Deremer.  Just 14 field players have played regular minutes for Creighton this season, as starting defenders Jace Peters and Andrew Duran (out for the season) have missed time with injuries.

Head Coach:  Jamie Clark (Stanford, 1999) is in his first season at Creighton after spending two successful seasons at Harvard in his first head coaching assignment.  A former MLS player and collegiate All-American, Clark is 38-14-2 (.723) in his third season as a head coach, guiding Harvard to the NCAA Tournament in his first two years as a head coach.  He was named the NSCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2009 while leading Harvard to a top-10 ranking, Ivy League championship and third round of the NCAA Tournament.  Prior to becoming a head coach he served as an assistant at New Mexico and Notre Dame.

CU-DU Series:  The Bluejays are 21-3-7 all-time against Drake, which included a 14-match winning streak from 1992 through 2001. 
• The Jays are 4-3-4 in their last 11 meetings with Drake, including a 2-1 Bluejay win in Des Moines on Oct. 20 this season.
• Five of the last 12 meetings between the teams have gone into overtime. 
• The Jays are 5-1-0 all-time against Drake in the MVC Tournament, losing to the Bulldogs 3-1 in the semifinals in Des Moines last year.

CU-BU Series: Creighton has defeated Bradley more than any other opponent in school history, notching a 22-6-1 all-time record against the Braves. 
• CU is 5-2-0 against BU in the MVC Tournament, including 2-0 at Shea Stadium.
• The Jays topped the Braves in the 2005 and 2006 MVC Tournament title match in Peoria.
• The Bluejays had won four straight meetings with the Braves via shutout, before losing to BU 2-1 last Saturday in Omaha.
• Creighton is 10-4-0 all-time in Peoria, including 5-1-0 at Shea Stadium (since 2003).

MVC Tournament History:  The Bluejays enter the weekend with a 29-7-1 all-time MVC tournament record, the most tournament victories in league history.  CU has won more tournament titles, 11, than all other MVC teams combined, earning its 11th crown in 2008.  The Jays have appeared in 14 of the 19 MVC tournament championship matches, including four of the last five.  The Jays have lost in the quarterfinals once, the semifinals four times, in the championship match three times and won the other 11 tournaments in which they’ve appeared.  The Jays are the only team in league history with more than three tournament titles.  CU is 17-4-0 all-time in MVC tournament matches away from Omaha, including 4-0-0 at Shea Stadium.  (More tournament information on Page 9.)

Shea Hey: Creighton returns to Shea Stadium this week, a venue it has played 10 matches in since it opened in 2003.  The Bluejays are 8-2-0 all-time at Shea Stadium, including 5-1-0 against Bradley.  The Jays are 4-0-0 in MVC Tournament matches played at Shea Stadium, winning the tournament titles in 2005 and 2006, topping BU in the title match both times.  The Bluejays played at Shea Stadium earlier this season as part of the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic in September.  The Jays lost to No. 18 SMU 3-2 in overtime (Sept. 17) after claiming a 2-0 lead over the Mustangs and topped Dartmouth 3-2 in overtime on Sept. 19.

Defense Wins Championships:  The Bluejays have posted six shutouts in their last nine MVC Tournament matches and have logged 15 shutouts in 37 Valley tourney games all-time.  The Bluejays have a 0.87 goals against average in 3,516 minutes all-time in the MVC postseason.

MVC Tournament Recognition:  Current Bluejays Ethan Finlay, Brian Holt and Sergio Castillo have all earned MVC All-Tournament honors previously in their careers.  Castillo (2007, 2009) and Finlay (2008, 2009) have twice earned all-tournament honors, while Holt was honored on the 2008 team.

We are the Champions:  Creighton captured its 10th MVC regular-season title this year, giving head coach Jamie Clark back-to-back regular-season titles (after winning the Ivy League at Harvard last year).  CU’s 10 titles are more than twice as many as the next closest teams – Bradley and SMU both have four regular-season MVC crowns.

NCAA Tournament:  The Bluejays will be looking to lock up the MVC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament this weekend.  Should CU not win the event, the Bluejays will look to the selection committee to award them their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 19 years.  The Bluejays appeared in 17 straight NCAA Tournaments between 1992 and 2008, before falling just short last year – CU was the highest team in the RPI (35) with an above  .500 record to not make the field in 2009 (six teams with lower RPIs than CU took at-large bids last year).

RPI Report:  The Bluejays are ranked 16th in the RPI released by the NCAA on Nov. 9.  Prior to this week, the Jays’ previous RPIs this season were 14,9,14 and 17.  Missouri State is second in the MVC with an RPI of 52, followed by Drake (71), SIUE (81) and Bradley (94).  Six of CU’s opponents this year are in the RPI top-50 – Akron (2), SMU (5), Indiana (8), Tulsa (22), UCSB (40) and Dartmouth (41).  Each of Creighton’s three non-conference losses this year have come to teams inside the RPI top-10 (Akron, SMU and Indiana).

NCAA Stats:  The Bluejays ranks in the top-35 in the NCAA in W-L percentage (17th, .735), shutout percentage (23rd, .470), goals scored (32nd, 32) and goals per game (34th, 1.88).  Ethan Finlay ranks eighth in the NCAA with 12 goals and 11th with 28 points.  Dion Acoff ranks ninth in the NCAA with nine assists, while Jose Gomez ranks 19th with his eight assists.

Creighton in the Polls:  After receiving no votes in any preseason national poll, the Bluejays jumped into the top 25 after a solid opening week and have remained there, climbing all the way to the top-10 for three weeks.  This week, the NSCAA and Soccer Times both rank the Bluejays 12th. College Soccer News has CU at No. 11 and Soccer America has the Jays at No. 18 this week.

Road Warriors:  Since the start of the 2007 season, the Bluejays are 20-5-7 (.734) overall in matches away from Omaha, 15-1-7 in regular-season road matches, 0-2-0 in postseason true road matches and 5-2-0 in neutral contests.

Unusual Goals in Peoria:  The Jays allowed five goals in two matches at Shea Stadium earlier this season as part of the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic.  Only two of those five goals came the "old fashioned" way.  Two of SMU's three goals on Sept. 17 came via penalty kick, while one of Dartmouth's two tallies on Sept. 19 was a Bluejay own goal.  The five goals came after CU did now allow a goal in its first four matches of the year, one of only four teams nationally to not allow a goal in the first two weeks of the season. 

Holt’s Record:  Junior Brian Holt set a school record with his 27th career shutout in a 2-0 win over Missouri State on Nov. 3.  That shutout moved him past his predecessor Matt Allen’s 26 for the school record.  With his next shutout, he will set the MVC record which is currently held by Bradley’s Chris Dunsheath (27.5).

Take a Break Tyler:  Freshman Tyler Polak played every minute of Creighton’s first 15 matches before being subbed for in the 84th minute of CU’s match against Missouri State (Nov. 3).  Polak then took an even longer break against Bradley (Nov. 6) in the regular-season finale, playing 56 minutes.  His 1,538 minutes still lead all Bluejay field players this year.

First Half Heavy:  Creighton has scored 19 of its 32 goals this season in the first half, out-scoring opponents 19-6 in the first 45 minutes of the match.  The Jays have out-scored opponents 13-10 after halftime, including a slim 10-9 edge in second-half points.

Quick Starts:  Not only has CU out-scored its opponents 19-6 in the first half this year, but the Bluejays have scored some very quick goals after kick off this year.  Ethan Finlay has recorded the sixth and seventh-fastest goals in school history to start a match this season, scoring in 41 seconds against No. 5 Tulsa (Oct. 5) and 43 seconds in against SIU Edwardsville (Oct. 30).  The Jays have scored five goals this season within the game’s first nine minutes.

CU’s Fastest Scores From Start of Match
1. Brian Kamler, 0:16 vs. Bradley, 10-9-92
2. Vince Odorisio, 0:26 vs. UCLA, 9-10-04
3. Lance Hill, 0:30 vs. Missouri State, 11-5-94
4. Johnny Torres, 0:34 at Bradley, 10-6-95
5. Andrei Gotsmanov, 0:36 vs. Tulsa, 11-25-08
6. Ethan Finlay, 0:41 vs. Tulsa, 10-5-10
7. Ethan Finlay, 0:43 vs. SIUE, 10-30-10

Morrison Stadium Records: Junior Ethan Finlay is now the all-time leading scorer in Morrison Stadium history.  With 19 points at home this year, Finlay now has 36 career points at Morrison Stadium, surpassing the former mark of 34 set by Andrei Gotsmanov.  Finlay’s eight goals at home this year give him 14 home goals in his career, tying Gotsmanov for the venue record.  Finlay has eight goals and 19 points at home this year, both are second in single-season Morrison Stadium history (behind Gotsmanov’s nine goals and 21 points in 2008).

Castillo’s Goals:  Senior Sergio Castillo has spent his career playing on the backline or as a defensive midfielder, rarely coming forward on the attack, which is why his goal against Missouri State on Nov. 3 was just the second of his career in 69 career matches.  Both of his goals have been scored in November, his first career goal came last November at Drake.

Bluejays are No Bird Brains:  Kyle Deremer, Brian Holt and Andrew Ribeiro were each named to the ESPN Academic All-District VII First-Team this season.  Deremer owns a 3.61 GPA as a history major with a minor in business administration.  Holt is a finance major with a 3.70 GPA and Ribeiro is a nursing major with a 3.57 GPA.

Fantastic Fans:  Creighton had at least 2,000 fans in each of its first seven home matches this year and again leads the MVC with an average of 2,410 fans per home match.  The Bluejays are on pace to lead the MVC and rank in the NCAA top-10 in attendance for the eighth straight season.  Creighton unofficially ranks seventh in the NCAA in attendance this season and has played at the top-two attendance leaders this fall, UC Santa Barbara and Akron. 

Peters Plays: Junior transfer Jace Peters returned to play 79 minutes off the bench against SIU Edwardsville on Oct. 30 after missing eight matches with a leg injury.  The defender had started Creighton’s first six matches before injuring himself in CU’s match against Dartmouth on Sept. 19.  He has played a total of 144 minutes over Creighton’s last three matches.

Ten: Ethan Finlay has joined Andrei Gotsmanov as the only two Bluejays to score at least 10 goals in a season since 2003.  Gotsmanov scored exactly 10 in 2008.  Finlay now has 12 goals on the season, the most by a Bluejay since Mike Tranchilla’s 15 goals in 2002.  Finlay’s three multi-goal matches this year are the most by a Bluejay since Tranchilla had three in 2002.

Finlay’s a Winner:  Junior Ethan Finlay has led the MVC in game-winning goals in each of his first two collegiate seasons and his five game-winners this year again lead the league.  Of his 26 career goals, 14 are game-winners.  Outside of Finlay’s 14 game-winners, the rest of the team combined has seven game-winning goals.

Fit to be Tied:  Creighton played to a draw against SIU Edwardsville (Oct. 30), its first draw in 15 matches this season.  That was the longest the Jays had made it into a season without a tie since the 2004 team didn’t draw until its 18th match of the season.  CU has recorded at least two draws in every season since 2002.  The tie marked the first time since 1981 that the Bluejays followed a home loss with a home tie.

The Streak Ends:  Nearly four years to the day of their previous regular-season road loss, the Bluejays had their 22-match regular-season unbeaten streak snapped by top-ranked Akron on Oct. 27.  Before the 1-0 loss at Akron, the Bluejays’ previous regular-season road loss was a 2-1 defeat at Bradley on Oct. 28, 2006.  The Jays went 15-0-7 in regular-season road contests between Oct. 7, 2007 and Oct. 23, 2010. 

Playing No. 1:  Creighton played at consensus No. 1-ranked Akron in its final non-conference match of the season on Oct. 27.  The Bluejays dropped to 0-4-0 all-time against top-ranked teams with a 1-0 loss to the Zips.  The Jays also lost on the road at Indiana 1-0 on Nov. 27, 1994 in NCAA Tournament, 4-2 at SMU on Oct. 14, 2001 and again to SMU, 2-1 in four overtimes on Nov. 18, 2001 in the MVC Tournament championship match in St. Louis. 

Pulling Rank:  Creighton is 2-2-0 against top-25 opponents this year, with wins over No. 5 Tulsa (Oct. 5) and at No. 21 UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 7) and losses to No. 18 SMU (Sept. 17) and No. 1 Akron (Oct. 27).   The Bluejays are now 55-41-9 (.567) all-time against the coaches top 25, including 22-17-7 (.554) all-time on the road against top-25 teams.  The Jays are 15-2-1 (.861) against the NSCAA top 25 at Morrison Stadium and 25-9-2 (.722) against nationally-ranked foes at home all-time.

Finlay’s Nine Match Point Streak: Ethan Finlay had a streak of nine straight matches with at least one point scored snapped in CU’s 1-0 loss at No. 1 Akron (Oct. 27).  Before Finlay’s streak, the last Bluejay to score a point in more than eight straight matches was CU Hall of Famer and current MLS star Brian Mullan.  Mullan had a point in 10 straight matches during the 2000 season.  Finlay was the first Bluejay to score a point in eight straight matches since Julian Nash did so in the 2002 season.  Following the lead of teammate Jose Gomez (who scored a point in six straight matches to start the season), the pair are the first Jays to record a point in six straight contests since Brian Biggerstaff in 2004.

2009 vs. 2010 Offense:  Creighton has scored 32 goals in 17 matches this year after scoring 20 goals all of 2009. 
• In 2009 Creighton had only four players score at least two goals.  This season, six players – Ethan Finlay (12), Jose Gomez (4),  Andrew Ribeiro (3), Greg Jordan (3), Kris Clark (4), Josh Moran (2) – have at least a pair of goals scored.
• The Bluejays have scored at least two goals in 12 of their 17 games this year.  They scored two or more goals in a match just four times in 16 matches in 2009.
• The Jays were shutout five times last season, all within their first 13 matches.  CU was not shutout for the first and only time this season until its 14th match.

Home Sweet Morrison:  With its 6-2-1 record this season, Creighton is 58-13-12 (.771) all-time at Morrison Stadium.  Since 1990, the Bluejays are 160-29-16 (.820) at home.  The Jays are 23-4-3 (.817) at Morrison Stadium all-time in MVC play.

Hot Starts: At 8-1-0, the Bluejays were off to their best start since the 1998 team posted an 8-1-0 start.  The Jays won their first four games this season for the first time since 2000 – when that squad opened with six straight wins and advanced to the College Cup championship match.  Creighton logged four straight shutouts to open the year for just the second time in school history, equalling the feat first accomplished by the 1999 team.  Creighton started 4-0-0 in MVC play for the first time since that 1999 team and was undefeated through five MVC matches for the third time in four years.

10 Wins in a Dozen:  Creighton won at least 10 of its first 12 matches for the eighth time since 1990.  The Jays were exactly 10-2-0 for the fourth time in that span and for the first time since 2004.  The previous three times the Jays have had 10 wins through 12 matches, they have advanced to at least the third round of the NCAA Tournament, including a 10-2-0 start in 2000 when they reached the NCAA Championship match.

Fantastic Freshman: Freshman Tyler Polak played every minute of Creighton’s first 15 matches before being subbed for late in CU’s match against Missouri State (Nov. 3).  Playing every minute of important matches is nothing new to the newcomer, as he played every minute of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria and the U-17 CONCACAF Tournament in Mexico in 2009 with the U.S. U-17 National Team.  Now a member of the U-20 U.S. National Team Pool, he was recently ranked by TopDrawerSoccer.com as the fifth-best freshman in the country, one of the top-15 freshman in the nation by Goal.com and was named a “Top 100 Freshman to Watch” by College Soccer News before the season.

Chart Climbing:  With a career-high 12 goals this year, junior Ethan Finlay has started to climb up the Creighton career scoring charts.  The forward now has 26 goals to rank 10th in school history, becoming the first Bluejay to crack the top-10 in career scoring since Mike Tranchilla finished his career second in goals (55) in 2002.  His three multiple-goal matches this year are tied for seventh in single-season CU history and his four career multi-goal matches are tied for eighth in school history. 

Finlay’s Honors:  Junior Ethan Finlay was named the MVC Offensive Player of the Week, MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week and College Soccer News National Player of the Week on Oct. 11 after an impressive week.  The forward had two two-goal matches, striking twice against No. 5 Tulsa (Oct. 5) and also against nationally-ranked Indiana (Oct. 9).

Never Behind: Creighton scored first in its first nine matches of the season before falling behind to Indiana (Oct. 9).  In fact, when Indiana scored in the first half, it marked the first time all season the Bluejays had trailed in a match with time still on the clock.  The only time the Jays had been behind prior to the Indiana match this year was on SMU’s double overtime game-winning goal on Sept. 17.

Home Shutout Streak Ends: Creighton posted four straight home shutouts to start the season, before allowing a second-half goal to No. 5 Tulsa on Oct. 5.  Tulsa’s goal snapped a streak of 420 consecutive scoreless minutes CU had held opponents at home to start the season.  The four straight home shutouts were the longest single-season home shutout streak since the 2003 posted five consecutive home matches shutout.  The Jays had posted shutouts in five straight home games dating back to last year’s 1-0 home finale over UCLA and had an overall count of nearly 554 (553:46) straight shutout minutes at home dating back to last season.

Ribeiro’s Firsts: Sophomore Andrew Ribeiro scored his first career goal against 18th-ranked SMU on Sept. 17 at Bradley’s Shea Stadium, in his ninth career match off the bench for the Bluejays. He earned his first career start against Eastern Illinois on Oct. 1, after coming off of the bench in his first 11 career appearances.

Duran Done:  Creighton has played a majority of the 2010 season without two of its starters on defense.  Senior Andrew Duran suffered a torn meniscus  in his knee against SMU on  Sept. 17 and had surgery on Sept. 23, and will likely take a medical redshirt, returning for a fifth year in 2011. 

Duran Duran:  Senior Andrew Duran has been slowed by injuries throughout his career, limiting him to just 30 matches through his first three seasons.  Duran, the 2006 NSCAA National High School Player of the Year, scored his first collegiate goal in a 1-0 win at No. 21 UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 7).  Duran has again been bitten by the injury bug this season, suffering a torn meniscus against SMU on Sept. 17 and undergoing surgery on Sept. 23.  With Duran on the pitch, the Bluejays did not allow a goal through four and a half matches.

First Two Weeks = Sweeps:  Through two weeks of the season, Creighton accounted for all four weekly honors awarded by the Missouri Valley Conference.  In week one, Kris Clark and Kyle Deremer were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.  In week two, Jose Gomez and Brian Holt notched the same honors.  Deremer again earned MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 27.

A Hoie There!:  Redshirt junior goalkeeper Bryan Hoie made his regular-season collegiate debut for the Bluejays in their shutout of UNC Greensboro (Sept. 4).  Hoie, in his fourth year with the program, faced no shots while playing just over nine minutes in his first action as a Bluejay.

Bluejays Hit Blackjack:  Creighton has its smallest roster since 1996, with just 21 student-athletes listed on the squad this year.  The entire roster of 21 played in CU’s 4-0 win over UNC Greensboro on Sept. 4.  The small roster is in sharp contrast to the last decade at Creighton, where the average roster size was 30.2 between 2000-09.  That 1996 team had 22 players on the squad, but capped the season by appearing in the first College Cup Final Four in school history.

Clark Wins Debut: Head coach Jamie Clark won 2-0 over Loyola Chicago on Sept. 1 in his first match as CU’s leader.  The win puts the six all-time Bluejay coaches at 5-1-0 in their debut match.  (The only head coach to lose in his debut was Bret Simon, falling to No. 20 Duke in 1995.)

Scoring in Debut:  Sophomore transfer Jose Gomez scored at Loyola Chicago on Sept. 1 to become the first Bluejay to score in his Creighton debut since another transfer did so in 2005.  Brian Kallman (older brother of current sophomore Brent Kallman) scored in his first game of his only season at Creighton, helping the Bluejays tie Portland 1-1 on Sept. 2, 2005.  Gomez, who has three goals and 14 points, has avoided Kallman’s fate, as that proved to be the only goal of his season.

Don’t Shoot:  The Bluejays did not allow a shot on goal in their season-opening win at Loyola Chicago (Sept. 1).  It marked the first time since Oct. 18, 2008 that the Bluejays held an opponent without a shot on goal.  CU allowed only two shots total to the Ramblers, the fewest shots by a Bluejay foe since Memphis attempted only three shots on Oct. 8, 2008.  Since 2000, the Jays have posted six matches in which they allowed three shots, but none with two or fewer before their 2010 opener.

Ethan Finlay Nets Preseason Honors:  Junior forward Ethan Finlay has joined a long list of former Bluejays that have been candidates for college soccer’s top individual honor, as he has been named to the preseason MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.  Finlay, who has also been tabbed to Soccer America’s Preseason All-America Team, led the team with eight goals and 19 points as a sophomore and is CU’s active career leader with 14 goals, seven assists and 35 points.  He has led the team and MVC in game-winning goals in each of his first two seasons, as nine of his 14 career goals have been game-winners.  Finlay is now on the long list of National Player of the Year candidates from Creighton, including the 1997 winner and current assistant coach, Johnny Torres.

CU National Player of the Year Candidates
Year    Player
2010    Ethan Finlay
2009    Byron Dacy, Chris Schuler, Seth Sinovic
2008    Byron Dacy, Andrei Gotsmanov
2007    Byron Dacy, Matt Allen
2006    Byron Dacy
2004    Julian Nash
2003    David Wagenfuhr
2002    Mike Tranchilla
2001    Mike Tranchilla
1997    Johnny Torres (Won)
1996    Ross Paule
1993    Keith DeFini & Brian Kamler

Familiar Faces Return:  Jamie Clark retained assistant coach Johnny Torres on his staff, while two other former Bluejay standouts have returned to the bench this fall.  Matt Wieland, the 2003 MVC Defensive Player of the Year and 2005 NSCAA Third-Team All-American, is serving as CU’s graduate manager this season.  Michael Kraus, 2006 MVC Player of the Year, has returned to campus to complete his undergraduate work this semester and will be a student assistant coach for the Bluejays while finishing up his school work.

Torres is HOFer:  Assistant coach Johnny Torres, already a Creighton Athletics Hall of Famer, will be inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in March, 2011 – becoming the first soccer inductee into the Valley’s Hall.  A two-time National Player of the Year with the Bluejays between 1994 and 1997, Torres is arguably the greatest soccer player in school and league history, ending his career as the MVC’s all-time leader in points (128) and assists (36).

Updated & Extended Coverage:  Fans will notice Creighton home matches not only have a new live stats platform, but will also benefit from Creighton’s change to BCS Stats.  The new live stats provider allows fans to follow the live action on their mobile device at www.gocreightonstats.com.  Fans can also find more info on Bluejay athletics on Facebook at the “Official Creighton Athletics Page” and on Twitter at  www.twitter.com/gocreighton.  The men’s soccer team also has its own Facebook page.

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