Last Week: 10/20: L, 0-1 vs. Evansville, Morrison Stadium
10/25: at Northern Iowa, Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, 7:00 p.m.
Scouting the Creighton Bluejays (3-11-2, 0-5-0 MVC): Coming off of six consecutive losses, the Bluejays remain confident they can turn the 2012 season around. In pursuit of that goal, Creighton will hit the road to face Northern Iowa in the final regular-season contest of the season in Waterloo, Iowa on Thursday, Oct. 25.
Regardless of Thursday’s outcome, Creighton has is assured the No. 6 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. As a result the Jays will travel to play the No. 3 seed on Sunday, Oct. 28. That opponent could be any of the following teams (Drake, Illinois State, Missouri State or Northern Iowa).
Senior Brittney Neumann remains out front for the Jays offensively with six goals as 13 points on the season.
vs. Northern Iowa
Creighton and Northern Iowa are familiar foes on the pitch, with the Jays holding a 12-1-3 overall record against the Panthers. The Jays and Panthers met twice in 2011, with Creighton taking the regular-season meeting. The Panthers and Jays played to a draw in the MVC Quarterfinals, but Northern Iowa advanced via penalty kicks. The last time the two teams met in Waterloo, Creighton earned a 3-2 victory on Oct. 2, 2010. After the Panthers took a 1-0 lead just eight minutes into the match, the Jays put up three straight goals, two before halftime by Erin Gunther and Brittney Neumann, and one in the 60th minute of play by Macy Mauer.
Scouting the Northern Iowa Panthers (7-9-1, 2-2-1): The Panthers enter Thursday’s matchup with the Jays tied for four in the Missouri Valley Conference. UNI has dropped two of their past three contests, but hold an impressive 2-1 win at Illinois State on Oct. 10.
The Panthers have been better on the road (2-1-0) than at home (0-1-1) in the MVC this season. Northern Iowa will be looking for its first MVC win at home during senior day on Thursday.
Sophomore Charlotte Jones and senior Caitlyn Fuller have provided the strongest offensive weapons for the Panthers this season. Jones leads the team with four goal and nine points (4G, 1A), while Fuller has three goals and one assist for seven points. Another senior, Kiki McClellan, leads Northern Iowa with 29 shots on the season.
Defensively it has been junior Erin Zaideman at the forefront for Northern Iowa. Zaideman has started 17 matches in goal for the Panthers. Zaiderman has played every second of MVC play this season, registering a 1.37 Goals Against Average (GAA) in conference action. On the season, Zaiderman has made 44 saves and allowed 23 goals. She has an overall GAA of 1.50.
Missing It By That Much The Jays have suffered five 1-0 losses this season, including the last two MVC matches this season. Creighton has been on the wrong side of seven matches decided by one goal in 2012.
Creighton honors seniors Gabriela Guillén, Sarah Kendall, Katie Murphy, Brittney Neumann and Katie Jo Swanson prior to the match against Evansville on Saturday, Oct. 20 as the quintet played their final regular-season match in Morrison Stadium. Collectively, this group of seniors has put together a 40-27-9 overall record in the last four seasons, including a record 15 wins during the 2010 season and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The group has also contributed to 29 shutouts in the 75 matches, including 12 during 2009.
On the Prowl
Creighton will enter the MVC Tournament as the No. 6 seed. Despite the Bluejays struggles this season, Creighton needs just one win in the quarterfinals to return home as the Jays host the MVC Tournament in Morrison Stadium.