Zuniga's Late Goal Lifts Creighton Past Drake
DES MOINES, Iowa - In a match that ended with 39 combined shots, the Jays notched the lone goal and came out on top with a 1-0 win over Drake on Tuesday night. Andrea Zuniga scored her fourth goal of the season in the 69th minute, driving a ball off the Drake goalkeeper's hands to give the Jays the solo goal lead. Creighton improves to 8-5-2 on the season and remains undefeated in MVC play with a 3-0-1 record.
Alicia Montgomery had 11 saves in the match for the Jays, including a phenominal save with time expiring to preserve the Bluejay win. Creighton picked up just its second win all-time when playing at Drake, holding a 2-4-0 record at the home of the Bulldogs.
"I was very happy with our performance tonight," said head coach Bruce Erickson. "We grinded out the last 10 minutes and Alicia [Montgomery] made the save of the year to preserve the win. Andrea's [Zuniga] goal was quality as well. We just had solid performances all around for us tonight."
The two teams played scoreless soccer in the opening frame, although the Jays held a 10-7 edge in shots and a 6-3 edge in shots on goal.
The Jays would tally the only goal of the match in the 69th minute, when Zuniga unleashed on a ball that knocked off Kalena Litch's hands, ricocheted off the post and into the net. The goal marks Zuniga's fourth of the season and 16th of her Bluejay career, while Beth Fyles picked up her second assist of the season on the goal.
Creighton then held off a fierce Bulldog offensive attack, as Drake took the last five shots of the match, including three on goal in the final five minute of play. Montgomery picked up her fifth shutout of the season, the 20th of her Bluejay career. She finished the match with 11 saves, marking the second time this season she has stopped 10+ shots in a match (13 vs. Wyoming).
The Jays ended the match with a 22-17 edge in shots and a 13-11 advantage in shots on goal. Zuniga finished with six shots, while Brittney Neumann took five in the match. Both forwards finished with three shots on goal to pace the Jays.
Creighton will continue Valley play and their hunt for back-to-back Valley titles when they host Indiana State on Saturday, October 22. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm from Morrison Stadium. The Jays will honor 10 seniors their annual Senior Day celebration, marking the final regular season home match for the women's soccer team.