OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton men's soccer team held its postseason awards banquet Saturday afternoon, handing out individual honors following the Bluejays' 2013 season. Supporters joined members of the team and staff at the Old Mattress Factory in Omaha for the event.
Creighton finished last season with a 9-9-2 overall mark. CU played a lot of tight matches as each of the Jays’ nine losses came by a single goal. CU finished with a 7-2-1 record at home inside Morrison Stadium. The Jays posted the sixth-best attendance mark nationally with over 27,000 fans attending home contests.
The Bluejays completed their first season in the BIG EAST Conference with a 4-4-1 mark and a fifth-place finish. CU fell 2-1 to No. 4 seed Providence in the BIG EAST quarterfinals.
The Jays earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in 22 seasons in 2013. Creighton earned an NCAA at-large selection for the first time since 2010 after two consecutive Missouri Valley Conference titles and automatic bids in each of the past two seasons. CU hosted Seattle U. in a first-round match but fell 2-1 to complete the season.
Seven Bluejays claimed a spot on All-BIG EAST Teams last fall following the regular season. CU senior Zach Barnes earned All-BIG EAST First Team Honors. Junior Jose Ribas along with sophomores Brendan Hines-Ike and Timo Pitter claimed All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades. CU senior Bruno Castro won All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention recognition. Creighton freshmen Fabian Herbers and Ricardo Perez secured spots on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
Creighton had two players drafted in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Eric Miller was selected fifth overall by the Montreal Impact to become the sixth first-round selection in program history. D.C. United selected CU senior Zach Barnes with the 56th overall pick in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft.
As a result, Creighton remains the only soccer program in the nation to have at least one player drafted into MLS since the league began in 1996. With two players taken this year, 33 Bluejays have been drafted by MLS.
Here are the five individual awards handed out at Saturday's team banquet:
Bluejay Award (sponsored by Ren & Stacie Smith) - Alex Bolowich, Jr., GK
Honor given for community service and outreach
Most Competitive Award (sponsored by The Dowd Family) - Zach Barnes, Sr., MF
Honor given for most winning points in practice games throughout the season
Most Improved Award (sponsored by The Manion Family) - Vincent Keller, So., MF
Voted on by coaching staff
Coaches Award (sponsored by The Carollo Family) - Jose Ribas, Jr., D
Voted on by coaching staff for leadership and most consistent effort on and off the field.
Most Valuable Player Award (sponsored by The Hillstoppers) - Zach Barnes, Sr., MF
Voted on by players
Below is a complete listing of individual awards Bluejays claimed throughout the season.