OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's soccer team will play eight teams that reached the 2011 NCAA Tournament, including home games with seven of them, to highlight its fall 2012 schedule. The schedule features home games with national powers Akron and Maryland and includes a neutral-site contest versus Saint Mary's, an Elite Eight team last fall.
The team reports for fall camp on August 7th and will have a Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage on August 12. Maryland comes to Omaha for CU's first exhibition game on August 17 in the Terrapins first fall trip to Morrison Stadium since beating Furman in the first game ever played at the stadium on August 29, 2003. Two days later, Creighton hosts crosstown foe Nebraska-Omaha for the first time in another exhibition. The Mavericks are coached by longtime CU assistant Jason Mims.
Creighton kicks off the 2012 regular-season on August 24 with a game against Northern Illinois. The contest will be a rematch of Creighton's 3-0 whitewash of the Huskies in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, which started CU's run to its fourth College Cup.
The Creighton Classic on August 31 and September 2 will mark Creighton's first regular-season home tournament since 2008. Creighton will host 2010 national champion Akron on Friday night before hosting Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. Both the Zips and the Scarlet Knights ended the 2011 season nationally-ranked and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament. MVC affiliate member SIU Edwardsville rounds out that field.
Creighton hits the road for the first time on September 7 & 9 for a trip to Santa Clara, Calif. The Bluejays face Santa Clara on Friday before facing Elite Eight qualifier Saint Mary's two days later.
A second home tournament takes place on September 14 & 16 with the Creighton Invitational. The Bluejays will take on Old Dominion on Friday night before hosting William & Mary on Sunday. MVC rival Drake will play the Tribe, then the Monarchs, in the same tournament.
Creighton hosts regional rival Saint Louis as part of its annual Homecoming festivities on September 22nd before visiting former Valley challenger Tulsa on September 26th.
The Bluejays open Valley play with Drake before returning home to host Loyola-Chicago and SIU Edwardsville. The Jays are on the road the following week with games at Princeton and Central Arkansas.
CU's final three home games of the regular-season begin with a October 16 game vs. UMKC, before closing with Valley games against Bradley and Missouri State. The Bluejays shared the MVC regular-season title last year against Missouri State, then beat the Bears in the State Farm MVC Tournament championship game.
Creighton closes out the regular-season on November 3rd at Evansville.
The 2012 State Farm MVC Tournament runs from November 7-11, with a site to be determined later this month.
The NCAA Tournament begins November 15th and concludes with the College Cup returning to Hoover, Ala., on December 7th & 9th. Creighton has appeared in 19 of the last 20 NCAA Tournaments, including College Cup appearances in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2011.
Creighton finished the 2011 season with a 21-2-1 record, the nation's No. 2 RPI, and a No. 4 national ranking. The Bluejays had a nation-leading four men drafted into Major League Soccer, including first-round draft picks Ethan Finlay and Andrew Duran.
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