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No. 22 Menís Soccer Seeks First BIG EAST Road Win at Butler
Release: 10/22/2013

OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 22 Creighton men’s soccer team opens up a two-match BIG EAST road trip when it visits Butler at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday in Indianapolis before trekking to Seton Hall on Saturday.

With just four matches remaining in conference play over the next three weeks, Creighton (6-5-2, 2-2-1 BIG EAST) stands sixth in the league standings and is in the midst of a rare three-match losing streak overall. The Jays have dropped each of those matches by a 1-0 margin.

CU’s 1-0 overtime loss to Villanova at home on Saturday marked the first three-match losing streak under head coach Elmar Bolowich and the first three-game slide by the Bluejays since September 2001.

Creighton is searching for answers on offense with a scoreless streak of almost 320 minutes dating back to a 2-0 victory against Xavier. Villanova’s goal on Saturday was the first allowed by the Jays at home to a fellow BIG EAST opponent and the first score and victory allowed to a conference foe at Morrison Stadium since Bradley notched a 2-1 win on Nov. 6, 2010.

The Bluejays are 1-3-1 in true road contests this season and are still seeking their first BIG EAST victory away from home after tying Georgetown and dropping a 1-0 contest at Marquette earlier this fall. Both GU and MU are ranked in the top six of this week’s NCAA RPI, while Creighton is not far behind at No. 17.

Meanwhile, Butler (9-4-1, 3-2-0 BIG EAST) returns home after a three-match road swing that saw the Bulldogs lose in double overtime at Marquette 3-2, win at Seton Hall 2-0 and then drop a 4-1 contest at Georgetown on Saturday. That loss knocked the Bulldogs out of the NSCAA Top 25 for the first time in four weeks.

In the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released Monday, Creighton stands No. 17 overall. The RPI is one of the primary tools utilized by the NCAA for tournament team selections and seeding.  At No. 17, the Jays are one of nine BIG EAST teams ranked among the top 60 this week. Butler is No. 32.

Wednesday’s contest will be the fourth meeting between the Bluejays and Bulldogs in men’s soccer. The teams have not met in over a decade when Creighton hosted Butler in its Morrison Stadium debut, resulting in a 0-0 double overtime draw on Aug. 29, 2003. The Jays lead the all-time series with the Bulldogs 2-0-1.

Creighton and Butler share three common opponents this season. Both teams lost one-goal decisions at Marquette. BU edged Villanova by one at home while CU dropped a 1-0 contest in overtime at home to the Wildcats. Both squads traveled to Georgetown as the Jays left with a scoreless draw and the Bulldogs fell 4-1.

Freshman David Goldsmith leads the Bulldog attack this season with nine goals and 20 points on the year. BU junior Zach Steinberger is second on the squad with six goals and 15 points. Senior Jon Dawson has started all but one match in net for Butler this season compiling a record of 8-4-1 and a goals against average of 1.41.

Last Week

10/15: Lost at Michigan 1-0

10/19: Lost to Villanova 1-0(ot)*

This Week

10/23: at Butler, 6 p.m. CT – Indianapolis*

10/26: at Seton Hall, 12 p.m. CT – South Orange, N.J.*

* BIG EAST conference match

What’s at Stake

·       Creighton is looking for its first BIG EAST road victory in program history.

·       Butler is seeking its first win against Creighton.

Following the Jays

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Scouting the No. 22 Creighton Bluejays (6-5-2, 2-2-1 BIG EAST)

The No. 22 Creighton men’s soccer team takes a two-match road trip to face BIG EAST foes Butler and Seton Hall this week. All three are separated by three points in the conference standings with just four matches left to be played by each squad.

The Jays are coming off of a trio of 1-0 setbacks over the past two weeks. Creighton’s current three-match losing streak is the program’s longest since September 2001 when CU also dropped three in a row.

Prior to the Jays’ 1-0 overtime loss at home to Villanova on Saturday, the Bluejays finished a grueling stretch of seven consecutive CU opponents that participated in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. CU wrapped up that arduous couple of week with a 2-3-2 mark.

The Bluejays are looking for answers on offense, having been shut out in five of their last six matches. Despite the CU defense allowing only four goals during those half dozen matches the team’s mark during that stretch is 1-4-1.

Sophomore Timo Pitter leads the CU offense this year with three goals and seven points. Senior Bruno Castro and freshman Fabian Herbers are close behind with a pair of goals and six points apiece. Seven Bluejays have already scored multiple goals this season.

In net, junior Alex Bolowich continues to keep the Jays in tight matches with a 0.96 goals against average this year and 39 saves. Bolowich has started 10 matches, including five overtime contests, for the Jays resulting in a 5-4-1 record. Sophomore Connor Sparrow has started three matches for Creighton compiling a 1-1-1 record and making eight saves on the season.

Creighton ranks No. 27 nationally in save percentage (0.82) and at No. 29 in team goals against average (0.78) as of Sunday.

Scouting the Butler Bulldogs (9-4-1, 3-2-0 BIG EAST)

Butler returns home after a three-match road swing that saw it go 1-2 overall with a 3-2 double overtime loss at Marquette, a 2-0 win at Seton Hall and a 4-1 loss at Georgetown on Saturday. As a result BU dropped out of the NSCAA Top 25 on Tuesday for the first time in a month. Butler is 3-2 in October.

The Bulldogs have not lost at home this season, boasting a 6-0 record. BU’s wins at home include back-to-back victories over defending national champion Indiana and against Villanova, accounting for its first BIG EAST victory, late last month.

BU is currently tied for third in the conference standings with Providence and Xavier at nine points, two ahead of the sixth-place Jays.

Creighton and Butler share three common opponents this season. Both teams lost one-goal decisions at Marquette. BU edged Villanova by one at home while CU dropped a 1-0 contest in overtime at home to the Wildcats. Both squads traveled to Georgetown as the Jays left with a scoreless draw and the Bulldogs fell 4-1.

Butler was picked eighth in the 10-team 2013 BIG EAST preseason poll. The Bulldogs have surprised many after finishing last season at 5-8-5 overall and 3-5-1 in the Atlantic 10 conference.

Freshman David Goldsmith leads the Bulldog attack this season with nine goals and 20 points on the year. BU junior Zach Steinberger is second on the squad with six goals and 15 points.

Senior Jon Dawson has started all but one match in net for Butler this season compiling a record of 8-4-1 and a goals against average of 1.41.

Butler ranks No. 18 nationally for total goals with 26 and No. 19 overall in total points at 75 on the year. Goldsmith is tied for No. 12 nationally with nine goals while BU’s Jeff Adkins ranks No. 11 in the country with seven assists this season.

Tough Slate

Creighton is the No. 17 team in the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released Tuesday, as the Jays continue through the gauntlet of an extremely tough schedule this season. 

Twelve of Creighton’s 13 opponents to open this year are among the top 53 in the latest RPI that ranks all 202 NCAA Division I squads. Eight of those 13 received votes in the latest NSCAA Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon. 

Nine of the 10 programs in the BIG EAST conference rank among the top 60 in the RPI this week.

Last week Creighton ended a stretch that began late last month in which the Jays faced seven squads in a row that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season in a span of just under a month. CU completed that arduous span with a mark of 2-3-2.

Creighton is 2-1-1 against teams ranked in the top 25 at the time of the match including wins over then-No. 14 Tulsa and then-No. 7 St. John’s to go with a tie at then-No. 12 Georgetown.

No Goals for You

Creighton has allowed just two goals through five BIG EAST matches this season, one in each of its last two contests - a 1-0 overtime loss to Villanova on Saturday and a 1-0 setback at Marquette on Oct. 12.

CU blanked its first three league foes including Xavier 2-0 on Oct. 5. Earlier CU tied then-No. 12 Georgetown in a scoreless draw on Sept. 28. The Jays knocked off then-No. 7 St. John’s 1-0 in double overtime a week prior on Sept. 21.

The Jays have only allowed four total goals to conference foes in the past three seasons, with three of the four occurring on the road.

Villanova’s game-winning tally on Saturday at Morrison Stadium was the first score the Bluejays allowed to a conference opponent at home since Bradley scored two goals during a match on Nov. 6, 2010.

#FortressMorrison

Creighton’s 1-0 overtime loss to Villanova on Saturday snapped a 12-match CU unbeaten streak at Morrison Stadium dating back to last fall when the Bluejays fell 3-1 to Saint Louis on Sept. 22. As a result, Creighton is now 11-1-1 in its last 13 home matches.

The downfall to VU marked the first home loss in conference match inside Morrison Stadium in almost three years, since a 2-1 loss to Bradley on Nov. 6, 2010. CU is now 10-1-0 against conference foes at home during that span – including 10 consecutive shutout victories.

The Bluejays’ 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 7 St. John’s on Sept. 21 lifted Creighton’s record to 22-3-2 all-time against Top 25 opponents visiting Morrison Stadium.

Going the Distance

After playing a 0-0 tie at No. 12 Georgetown on Sept. 28, the Bluejays set a new program record by playing in in five consecutive double overtime contests.

 

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 401-159-60 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 Sept. 21 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.

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 ranked as the sixth-largest crowd ever to attend a collegiate match at the Bluejays’ home.

The total edged out a contingent of 5,102 Bluejay faithful that 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 then-No. 22 Saint Louis on Oct. 2, 3,070 fans packed Hermann Stadium to watch the Bluejays battle the Billikens. It marked the largest crowd in a regular-season true road contest to see the Jays play since 5,648 fans saw CU visit then-No. 3 Maryland on Sept. 30, 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 seven one-goal decisions this season, the Jays are 14-7 in games decided by one goal since the beginning of 2012.

Creighton is 2-2-2 in overtime matches this season following a 1-0 defeat versus Villanova on Saturday, a scoreless tie at then-No. 12 Georgetown, a 2-2 tie versus Michigan State and 1-0 victory over then-No. 7 St. John’s last month.

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, both in overtime. The Jays went undefeated at 3-0-3 in extra time last season.

One Goal to Nil

Following CU’s 1-0 setback against Villanova on Saturday, Creighton has won 13 of its previous 18 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 Sept. 13-15, 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.

Two Jays Earn Recognition from BIG EAST

Sophomore Brendan Hines-Ike claimed Defensive Player of the Week honors from the BIG EAST, the league office announced Sept. 30. Senior Bruno Castro also claimed a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.

It marks the first Defensive Player of the Week honor for Hines-Ike and third defensive accolade awarded to a Bluejay by the conference this season. Junior Eric Miller claimed recognition in two of the first four weeks for Creighton.

Hines-Ike won BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping to anchor the Creighton backline against Michigan State and at No. 12 Georgetown. He played all 220 minutes in the Jays’ pair of double-overtime contests against the Spartans and Hoyas. Hines-Ike and the defense led Creighton to its second blanking of a BIG EAST foe to begin the conference slate. The Denver native has played every minute of the season on defense, helping the Jays record four shutouts through eight matches.

The honor roll achievement collected by Castro marks his first accolade from the BIG EAST. A Bluejay has claimed a spot on the conference weekly honor roll in four of the first five weeks this season.

Castro earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition after scoring his second goal of the season as part of a three-point night in a 2-2 tie against Michigan State last week. The Costa Rica native connected on a header from 15 yards out against MSU to record the final score of the match. Castro also made an assist on the Jays’ first goal against the Spartans.

Three Jays Claim BIG EAST Weekly Honors

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 Sept. 23. Junior Alex Bolowich also claimed a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.

It marks the second Defensive Player of the Week honor for Miller this season and Herbers’ first accolade from the conference. The honor roll recognition gained by Bolowich follows a Goalkeeper of the Week honor awarded earlier this season.

Herbers scored the lone goal of the match off of a free kick at 108:05 in a double overtime against No. 7 St. John’s to secure Creighton’s first BIG EAST victory and program win No. 400. It marked his second goal of the season, both game-winners. Herbers is currently tied for second on the team with two goals and six points on the season.

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.

Miller won BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors after anchoring the Creighton backline against No. 7 St. John’s, helping the Bluejays record the team’s first BIG EAST victory and program win No. 400. He played all 108 minutes in the double overtime victory over St. John’s. Miller has played every minute of the season on defense, helping the Jays record four shutouts through nine matches.

Bolowich earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition after recording his third shutout of the season and second shutout of a ranked opponent. Bolowich made three saves in the victory over No. 7 St. John’s.

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

Creighton juniors Eric Miller and Alex Bolowich claimed Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week honors from the BIG EAST, respectively, the league announced on Sept. 2.

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 Outing

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.

California Dreaming

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 Golden 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.

CU junior Eric Miller and sophomore Timo Pitter were also named to the preseason All‐BIG EAST Team.


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