SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Creighton women's soccer team dropped its fifth consecutive match, falling 1-0 to Missouri State on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Following the loss, the Bluejays are 3-10-2 overall and 0-4-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). Missouri State, meanwhile, moved to 8-6-2 on the season and 2-1-1 in the MVC.
Missouri State was the aggressor in the opening period, firing off seven shots while Creighton created just two.
The Bears sent three shots toward the Bluejays net in the opening 10 minutes, but each was blocked by a Jays' defender. In the 26th minute it was Creighton senior Sarah Kendall that delivered the first shot on goal, saved by Missouri State's Chelsea Voet.
Unfortunately the Bears were able to capitalize on their sixth shot of the half. Coming off a corner play in the 34th minute, Rachel Weimer sent a header from Grace Cross past Creighton keeper, senior Katie Jo Swanson, at 33:29.
The game went to half still 1-0 in favor of Missouri State.
At the break the Jays focused on increasing their attack and creating more offensive opportunities.
Creighton did just that in half number two as the Jays turned the tables by outshooting Missouri State 7-1.
A corner at 64:59 presented the best scoring chance for Creighton. Freshman Jill Richgels sent the ball into sophomore Madelyn Buckner, who headed the ball to the net. Despite beating the keeper, a Missouri State defender made the team save to keep the Jays scoreless.
Creighton ended the match with a 9-8 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage on corners.
"I couldn't ask anymore from our team today," said head coach Bruce Erickson. "We battled, fought and again had the better chances, our shots and corners were just unlucky. Missouri State finished a scramble on a corner kick, that was the difference."
Creighton returns home for senior day on Saturday, Oct. 20 as the Jays host Evansville in Morrison Stadium at 4:30 p.m.