OMAHA, Neb. - Despite playing one of its best matches of the season, the Creighton women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss to Oral Roberts in double overtime on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The Jays fell to 3-6-2 on the season following the loss, while the Golden Eagles improved to 6-3-2.
Creighton dominated possession throughout much of the match, but surrendered a goal in the second overtime period to fall to the Golden Eagles on Sunday.
The Jays controlled the opening period, holding Oral Roberts to just one shot. The Jays, meanwhile, created nine shots and three corners in the opening 45 minutes. Creighton's best scoring chance came in the 31st minute. Freshman Kaelyn Korte was set up near the net and headed a pass from sophomore Angela Benson toward the goal. Unfortunately Helen Erb, the Oral Roberts keeper, was there for the save. Erb made four saves in the period as the Bluejays were unable to capitalize as the game went to the break scoreless.
The second period offered a continued advantage for Creighton in possession as the Jays controlled the ball. Oral Roberts did not fire a shot on goal until the final five minutes of regulation, when Kayla Keller managed two shots that were saved by Creighton keeper, senior Katie Jo Swanson.
Neither team was able to create a scoring chance in the first overtime, sending the contest to a second extra period.
Creighton head coach Bruce Erickson altered his rotations in the second overtime, playing a three forward formation, to increase his offensive attack. The move, however, proved unsuccessful as Oral Roberts' Keller nabbed a throw in near midfield then created a two-on-one breakaway with Mary-Kate Halsmer. The Golden Eagles' duo were able to convert the scoring chance as Halsmer notched her third goal of the season in the 108th minute to give Oral Roberts the win.
Swanson closed the match with two saves, while Erb finished with seven.
The Jays held a 19-10 edge in shots and created three corners to just one for Oral Roberts.
Creighton returns to the pitch on Saturday, Sept. 29 as the Jays open Missouri Valley Conference play by hosting Illinois State at 7 p.m.