Women's Soccer Eyes Seventh Straight Versus Mavericks

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Creighton has won its last five matches at Morrison Stadium and six straight
Courtesy: Mark Kuhlmann

OMAHA, Neb. - Riding a six-match winning streak, the Creighton women's soccer team will aim for lucky number seven against the Omaha Mavericks on Friday, Sept. 20.

Last Week:
9/10:     W, 1-0 - at UMKC - Kansas City, Mo.
9/13:     W, 4-1  - vs. South Dakota - Morrison Stadium
9/15:     W, 2-1 (ot)  - vs. Montana - Morrison Stadium

This Week:
9/20:     vs. Omaha - Morrison Stadium, 7:00 p.m

Scouting Creighton (6-2-0, 0-0-0 BIG EAST):
What a difference a season can make.  The Bluejays struggled through the 2012 season, closing with a 3-13-3 mark, suffering nine one-goal. This season the Jays have turned those fortunes around, winning six consecutive matches.  During their current run, the Bluejays have pulled out both one-goal match, including the first win when trailing in the final five minutes (down 1-0 to Montana until the 87th minute).  

Creighton has had the good fortune of playing five of its last six matches at home in Morrison Stadium.  The Jays have two more home contests before their schedule flips, hosting Omaha (Sept. 20) and Marquette (Sept. 26).  Following the opening BIG EAST match the Bluejays will play five of six on the road.

One key to the Bluejays recent success has been the play of freshman goalkeeper Danielle Rice.  During Creighton’s six match winning streak the Texas native has a goals against average (GAA) of just 0.53.

Offensively the Jays are led by five goals from sophomore Kirstyn Corder and four from freshman Paige Jarsombeck.

Scouting Omaha (2-4-1, 0-0-0 Summit League):
The Mavericks finished 2012 with a 3-15-0 record, but have already earned victories over North Dakota (2-0 on Sept. 1) and at Northern Iowa (2-1 on Sept. 6).  Omaha comes to Morrison Stadium fresh off a 3-3 tie with Montana on Sept. 13.  The Mavericks have scored nine goals this season, including four from Melanie McCormick.   A much better second half team, the Mavericks have outscored their opposition 7-4 in the final 45 minutes of regulation.

In the net Omaha has turned to Meaghan Clark for every minute thus far.  Clark has recorded 35 saves and allowed 15 goals (2.08 GAA).

Series with Omaha, 3-1-0
9/1/99    Omaha    W, 3-0
9/25/01    Omaha    W, 4-0
9/22/02    at Omaha     L, 0-2
9/7/12    at Omaha    W, 4-1

High Five for Cingoranelli
Cingoranelli delivered a rare performance for Creighton in the Jays’ 4-0 win over South Dakota.  Cingoranelli scored each of Creighton’s first two goals, then setup teammate Ylenia Sachau for an assist on Creighton’s third goal.  Her five-point performance was the first time a Jay has scored at least five points in a match since Brittney Neuman put up six (3G/2A) against the same Coyotes on Aug. 28, 2009.

Three Bluejays Earn Women’s Soccer BIG EAST Player of the Week Nods
Freshmen Emily Roll and Danielle Rice Earned BIG EAST Defensive and Goalkeeper of the Week honors, while senior Lauren Cingoranelli nabbed a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday, Sept. 16.

The honors were based on the Bluejays’ play from Sept. 9-16, a week that the Jays claimed wins over UMKC (1-0 on Sept. 10), South Dakota (4-0 on Sept. 13) and Montana (2-1 in ot on Sept. 15).

Roll helped the Bluejays allow only one goal in the 3-0 week, the defender anchored a defense that surrendered an average of 9.3 shots and 3.0 corners per contest.  In a 4-0 win against South Dakota (9/13), Roll also registered an assist.  In the other two games, Creighton won 1-0 at UMKC (9/10) and 2-1 in overtime against Montana (9/15).

Rice earned her first and second solo shutouts, beating UMKC 1-0 on the road and South Dakota 4-0 at home last week.  She also earned the win for the Jays’ 2-1 win over Montana in overtime.  For the three games, she made 13 saves.  During the Bluejays’ current six-game winning streak, Rice has a 0.53 GAA.

Cingoranelli had two goals and an assist in the 4-0 win against South Dakota.  It was the first time a Creighton player had five points in a game since Brittney Neumann scored eight points (three goals and two assist) against South Dakota on Aug. 28, 2009.

Sophomore Slump, Not Us. Try a New Record
Down 1-0 to Montana entering the 87th minutes, the Bluejays got the game-tying goal at 86:39 from a tandem of sophomores. With her back to the goal, Alyssa Jara lifted a pass over her head to Kyla Booker, who flicked the ball behind her into the net.  Two more sophomores closed the overtime, as sophomore Alissa Kohmetscher center a pass to freshman Lauren Sullivan’s knee.  After ricocheting off a Montana defender, sophomore Kirstyn Corder headed in a ball in for the win, marking the first time in Creighton Women’s Soccer history the Jays won a game that they trailed in with five minutes left.

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