OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 30) - The Creighton men's soccer team moved
up five spots to No. 16 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of
America (NSCAA) poll on Tuesday, Oct. 30, after a 1-0 home win against Missouri
State last week.
This marks the 34th
consecutive week that Creighton is ranked in the NSCAA Top 25. The 2010
preseason poll marked the last time the Jays were not ranked.
CU stands at No. 17 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI)
released by the NCAA on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
The Jays ascended one
spot in the NSCAA Midwest Regional Rankings to the No. 2 slot this week.
Creighton climbed four positions to No. 13 in the Soccer America Men's Top 25.
The Bluejays held steady at No. 14 in the TopDrawer Soccer rankings. CU moved up three spots to No. 15 in the latest
College Soccer News poll. The Soccer Times poll was unavailable at press time;
last week Creighton stood at No. 17 in those rankings.
Entering the final
week of the regular season, Creighton ranks No. 6 nationally with a 0.59 shutout
percentage (10-of-17 matches). The Jays also rank No. 10 in the country for
team goals against average (0.68) as well as save percentage (0.85).
With zero goals
allowed in conference play this year Creighton's shutout defense could set an
MVC team record for the fewest goals allowed in a Valley season. Three teams
including CU's 1995 squad share the current all-time low record of two goals
allowed in a conference season.
CU has already
wrapped up a first-round bye for the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)
tournament and could clinch the regular-season title outright at Evansville
this Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The Purple Aces are also in contention for a
first-round bye in the MVC Tournament.
A win or a tie over
UE gives Creighton the outright MVC regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed
overall at next week's conference tournament hosted by Bradley in Peoria, Ill.