Creighton men’s soccer team played in a program-record fourth consecutive double-overtime match Tuesday night as the Bluejays came away with a 2-2 draw against visiting Michigan State at Morrison Stadium. The Jays are now 2-1-1 in their last four games – all of which went to double overtime.
With a thrilling double-overtime victory over No. 7 St. John’s on Sept. 21, the Bluejays captured the program’s 400th all-time win. Creighton also claimed its first conference victory as a member of the BIG EAST in its debut match against the Red Storm.
CU junior Eric Miller and freshman Fabian Herbers claimed Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors from the BIG EAST, respectively, the league announced Monday. Junior Alex Bolowich also claimed a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.
Herbers also earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week for his game-winning goal on a free kick against the Red Storm.
Creighton moved up two spots to No. 3 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll released Tuesday afternoon. The Jays also gained ground or maintained their position in other polls. CU moved up to No. 2 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll and held its No. 3 standing in the College Soccer News Top 30. The Jays’ biggest move was in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 where CU gained four spots to stand at No. 4 this week
The Bluejays have played just two matches away from the friendly confines of Morrison Stadium this year. CU defeated Old Dominion on the road 2-1 in double overtime at the Monarchs’ Stihl Classic Sept. 13. Two days later the Jays suffered their first setback of the season in a neutral-site match to William & Mary 3-2 in double overtime.
Meanwhile Georgetown is 4-1 at home this year at Shaw Field. The Hoyas have won four straight matches including their last three at home. Five of GU’s six victories this season have been shutouts, the exception was a 3-2 win over Princeton at home last Sunday.
Georgetown was picked to win the BIG EAST in the coaches’ preseason poll after advancing to the 2012 College Cup final last season. Fellow College Cup participant Creighton claimed the second spot in the preseason rankings.
This weekend marks the third meeting all-time between the Bluejays and Hoyas, but first as members of the same conference. CU leads the all-time series 2-0-0 against Georgetown. The teams last met on Sept. 1, 2006 in Omaha resulting in a 3-2 overtime victory for the Jays.
9/21: def. No. 7 St. John’s 1-0 (2ot)*
9/24: tied Michigan State 2-2 (2ot)
9/28: at Georgetown, 12 noon CT – Washington D.C.*
* BIG EAST conference match
What’s at Stake
· Creighton is looking for its first BIG EAST road victory in program history.
· Georgetown is seeking its sixth shutout victory of the season and first program win against Creighton.
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Scouting the No. 3 Creighton Bluejays (5-1-1, 1-0-0 BIG EAST)
The No. 3 Creighton men’s soccer team returns to BIG EAST action this weekend at No. 12 Georgetown after battling to a 2-2 draw against Michigan State on Tuesday at Morrison Stadium.
Creighton claimed its first victory in the Jays’ BIG EAST Conference opener in dramatic fashion Sept. 21 over No. 7 St. John’s at Morrison Stadium.
CU freshman Fabian Herbers scored the lone goal of the match off of a free kick at 108:05 to give the Jays a thrilling 1-0 decision over the Red Storm. The goal was Herbers’ second score of the season, both game-winning tallies.
Herbers earned recognition from the BIG EAST on Monday as did juniors Eric Miller and Alex Bolowich for their performance in the milestone victory. Miller claimed Defensive Player of the Week honors while Herbers claimed Rookie of the Week accolades from the conference. Bolowich also gained a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.
Herbers also earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week after his game-winning free kick to beat the Red Storm last weekend.
Sophomore Timo Pitter leads the CU offense this year with three goals and seven points. Herbers is close behind with a pair of goals and six points. Six Bluejays have already scored multiple goals this season. Creighton ranks No. 17 nationally in scoring offense at 2.14 goals per match.
In net, junior Alex Bolowich claims a 0.96 goals against average this year and has accumulated 24 saves. Bolowich has started all seven matches for the Jays, resulting in a 5-1-1 record.
Scouting the No. 12 Georgetown Hoyas (6-2-0, 0-0-0 BIG EAST)
Georgetown will play its first BIG EAST conference match of the season when it hosts Creighton this Saturday. The Hoyas have not played since a 3-2 home victory over Princeton last Sunday.
GU is 4-1-0 at home and boasts five shutout victories in 2013. As a result of those shutouts, the Hoyas rank No. 9 nationally in shutout percentage at 0.63.
The Hoyas were picked first in the 2013 BIG EAST preseason coaches poll with seven first-place votes and 79 points. Creighton claimed second with three first-place votes and 75 points. Both teams advanced to the 2012 College Cup last season and lost to eventual champion Indiana.
Georgetown is ranked No. 12 in the NSCAA poll this week but GU is No. 5 in the Soccer America Top 25 released on Tuesday – one spot behind Creighton at No. 4 in that poll.
Sophomore Brandon Allen has already scored six goals for Georgetown this season and leads the Hoyas with 14 points in 2013. Senior Steve Neumann boasts three goals and seven points for Georgetown.
Junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez has played in all eight matches for the Hoyas this season. He owns a 0.64 goals against average and has accumulated 22 saves this year.
The Last Meeting vs. Georgetown
OMAHA, Neb. (Sept. 1, 2006) - Freshman Chris Schuler knocked in the game-winning goal in the 99th minute for the Creighton men's soccer team as the eighth-ranked Bluejays defeated Georgetown 3-2 in overtime Friday night in the Jays' home opener in front of 3,746 at Morrison Stadium. Schuler was the second CU freshman to score on the night, as the Jays picked up their first victory of the season at the Ameritas Classic.
Schuler's goal at 98:24 was set up off of junior Tim Bohnenkamp's second successive corner kick. This corner went to the far post where freshman Thomas Gjoesund deflected the ball back to the middle where Schuler gathered it and blasted the game-winning tally into the net from close range.
The game-winner ended a scoring drought in the match, after the first four goals of the contest were scored in the first 24 minutes of play. Bluejay freshman and Omaha native Jeff Thayer got the scoring started in the fifth minute when he knocked in a long pass from Andrew Peterson at 4:37.
Georgetown (1-2-0) answered with the next two goals of the match. Mike Glaccum put the Hoyas on the board first at 19:56 and then Daniel Grasso's third goal of the year off an assist from Ricky Schramm gave GU the lead at 23:25.
The Bluejays (1-2-0) responded with their own equalizer at 27:02, when Bohnenkamp sent in a low line drive across the net and into the far side after gathering a loose ball just outside the top of the box.
Bohnenkamp, an Omaha native enjoys playing in his hometown, as he now has 24 points in his career, with 20 coming at Morrison Stadium. Schmitz led all players with six shots from his attacking slot.
Going the Distance
After Tuesday’s 2-2 tie against Michigan State, the Bluejays have now played in four consecutive double overtime contests – a program record.
Jays Claim Program Win No. 400
Creighton secured the program’s 400th all-time victory on Sept. 21 after a 1-0 double-overtime decision against No. 7 St. John’s. The Jays currently boast an all-time record of 400-155-59 since their first season in 1979.
Thrilling BIG EAST Debut
The Bluejays claimed a 1-0 double overtime victory in their BIG EAST conference debut against No. 7 St. John’s on Saturday night inside Morrison Stadium. Creighton stands at 2-0 all-time in conference debuts; the Jays edged Bradley 2-1 in their Missouri Valley Conference opener on Oct. 18, 1991.
The Bluejays’ 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 7 St. John’s last weekend lifted Creighton’s record to 22-3-2 all-time against Top 25 opponents visiting Morrison Stadium.
Winning Over Crowds
Over 5,200 fans witnessed Creighton’s 1-0 double-overtime defeat of No. 7 St. John’s in the Jays’ BIG EAST debut on Sept. 21 at Morrison Stadium. The crowd of 5,282 ranks as the sixth-largest crowd ever to attend a collegiate match at the Bluejays’ home, edging out a contingent of 5,102 Bluejay faithful who witnessed CU defeat Columbia 3-1 earlier this season on Sept. 6. With the win, Creighton is now 5-7-1 in front of 5,000-plus fans since 2000.
At the Stihl Classic on Sept. 13, 2,106 fans watched CU’s double-overtime victory over host Old Dominion. It marked the largest regular-season crowd to watch Creighton play away from home since 2,167 saw the Jays win 1-0 at SIU Edwardsville on Oct. 22, 2011.
Last year on Sept. 14, then-No. 2 Creighton fell 2-1 to then-No. 14 Old Dominion in front of 6,848 fans – the top home crowd all-time at Morrison Stadium.
Cutting It Close
After three one-goal decisions this season against No. 7 St. John’s, William & Mary and Old Dominion, the Jays are 14-3 in games decided by one goal since the beginning of 2012.
Creighton is 2-1-1 in overtime matches this season following the 2-2 tie versus Michigan State and 1-0 victory over the Red Storm in the past week. CU suffered a 3-2 setback to William & Mary and clinched a 2-1 win at Old Dominion earlier this season at the Stihl Classic. The Jays went undefeated at 3-0-3 in extra time last season.
One Goal to Nil
With the 1-0 double overtime victory against No. 7 St. John’s on Sept. 21, Creighton has won 13 of its previous 14 matches ending in a 1-0 score, including a 7-1 ledger in 2012 contests.
Recent Overtime Perfection Halted
Prior to the 3-2 setback to William & Mary on Sept. 15, the Jays had not suffered an overtime loss in 16 matches dating back to a 3-2 setback in extra time to SMU on Sept. 17, 2010, at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic.
Before the overtime loss to William & Mary, Creighton boasted a 10-0-6 overtime record since that 2010 match, including the victory over Old Dominion on Sept. 13. The Jays had kept opponents scoreless in overtime for over 234 straight minutes before the Tribe scored its game-winner.
Jays Achieve No. 1 Ranking for the First Time in 14 Years
Following a 3-1 victory over Columbia on Sept. 6, Creighton became the top squad in the nation according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll released Sept. 10.
It marked the Jays’ first time back in the top spot since September 1999. Creighton ranked as high as No. 2 in each of the past three seasons, including earlier this fall.
The 2010 preseason poll was the last time the Jays went unranked.
Jays’ History When Perched at No. 1
After a 1-1 split against host Old Dominion and William & Mary at the Stihl Classic last weekend, Creighton now boasts a 9-2-1 record all-time as the top-ranked team in the NSCAA poll. After a double-overtime setback to the Tribe, the Bluejays dropped four spots to No. 5 in the rankings.
The Bluejays went 1-0-1 after achieving the top ranking in the Sept. 15, 1999 poll. CU defeated Harvard 6-0 before tying Boston University 1-1 a day later. The tie dropped the Jays to No. 3 the following week.
Creighton’s longest run at No. 1 occurred in 1993 when the Bluejays spent the final five weeks of the regular season in the top spot. CU finished the regular season undefeated at 19-0 including seven consecutive victories while ranked No. 1. The Jays suffered a heart-breaking four-overtime 2-1 loss to Air Force in the first round of the NCAA Tournament that season to halt the streak.
Pitter Claims Spot on BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for Second Straight Week
Sophomore Timo Pitter led the Creighton offense after posting his third goal of the year on the Jays’ game-winning score over the Lions Sept. 6. For a second straight week, Pitter claimed a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll. He currently leads the Jays with three goals and seven points.
Miller, Bolowich Earn BIG EAST Weekly Honors after Opening Weekend
The weekly conference honor bestowed solely on athletic performance is a career first for both Miller and Bolowich. The classmates each claimed a scholar-athlete weekly award a season ago. The weekly awards are the first given to Creighton men’s soccer student-athletes by the BIG EAST.
Miller won BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors after anchoring the Creighton backline on the opening weekend, helping the Bluejays record a pair of shutout wins over No. 14 Tulsa (2-0) and Cal Poly (3-0). He also scored a rare goal, just the second of his career in Omaha, against Cal Poly on a redirected header from freshman Fabian Herbers.
Bolowich shined for Creighton in the pair of shutouts to open the 2013 season to claim BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week accolades. Bolowich blanked No. 14 Tulsa in the Jays’ opener with seven saves. He played only the first half against Cal Poly, making two stops.
Herbers Earns Team of Week Nod in First Week
CU freshman Fabian Herbers claimed a spot on TopDrawerSoccer’s Team of the Week, released Sept. 3, after posting four points for the Jays on the opening weekend. He helped Creighton record a pair of wins with a goal and two assists. Herbers’ first career goal as a Bluejay was the game winner against No. 14 Tulsa. He also made two assists against Cal Poly.
After blanking Cal Poly 3-0 on Sept. 1, Creighton improved its record to 16-0-3 against California-based schools in its last 19 meetings. The Jays won both matches against teams from the Sunshine State in 2012 defeating both Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s by 1-0 margins. Creighton’s last loss to a team from California came on Sept. 7, 2003, a 2-1 double overtime loss at Loyola Marymount.
Starting the Season Off Right
• After a 2-0 shutout of Tulsa, Creighton is unbeaten in its last seven season-opening matches, going 5-0-2 in those contests.
• Creighton has allowed one total goal to its last five season-opening opponents. Northern Illinois scored the lone goal last year after three years of shutouts.
BIG EAST Preseason Honors
The BIG EAST men’s soccer coaches selected No. 2 Creighton to place second in the 2013 preseason poll the behind fellow 2012 College Cup participant, No. 11 Georgetown.