OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's soccer team struck first but settled for a 1-1 draw with UMKC on Thursday, Sept. 13.
Following Thursday's action, Creighton moved to 2-5-2 and UMKC went to 2-3-3.
Junior Kelsey O'Donnell got the Jays on the board first in the 12th minute of play with a goal from 30 yards out. O'Donnell fielded a pass from freshman Jill Richgels just to the left of the goal, 30 yards out. She dribbled near the center of the field turned and fired a shot past UMKC keeper Nina Tzianos to give the Bluejays a 1-0 lead. It was O'Donnell's second goal of the season and Richgels third assist.
Despite controlling possession for the remainder of the first period, the Jays were unable to expand their lead and took the 1-0 edge into halftime. Creighton held a 10-4 advantage in shots and held a 5-4 lead in corner kicks at the intermission.
UMKC came out of halftime as the more aggressive team in the second half, dominating possession for the opening 15 minutes. The Roos aggressive style results in the game tying goal in the 62nd minute. Allison Schau sent in her first goal of 2012 off blocked shot by Taylor Bare. The shot by Bare came from 12 yards away and was blocked by Richgels. The carom hit the right post and bounced directly towards Schau, who finished the goal from eight yards out.
Tied at 1-1, each team appeared to take the lead only to have the apparent goal waived off by on offside call.
Creighton was first to just miss as O'Donnell headed in what would have been goal number two of the night with just under 16 minutes remaining in regulation. Unfortunately the Jays were called offside and the goal was waived off.
The Roos chance to take control of the match came with just under seven minutes remaining as a shot by Kaely Tott was hoped in. UMKC, however, was called offside to keep the match deadlocked at 1-1.
Both teams had chances in the first overtime period, the Jays came on a corner in the 99th minute. O'Donnell headed a ball that fell just wide right.
In the second overtime period the Roos again took over as the aggressor, firing five shots. Senior Katie Jo Swanson, however, kept her team in the match by stopping three shots to set a new career-high with 13 saves. Swanson just set her career-high at 11 saves in the Jays previous contest, a 1-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 9.
Like Swanson, Tzianos also set a new career mark with 10 saves.
Overall the Jays were outshot 26-23 and also gave up 10 corner kicks, while creating just seven.
The Jays are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 19 as Creighton hosts South Dakota State at 6 p.m. in Morrison Stadium.