OMAHA, Neb. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Top 25 Poll was released on Tuesday and it ranks the Creighton men's soccer team third heading into the 2012 season. Creighton made a run into the College Cup in 2011, finishing the season 21-2-1 with a tie in the national semifinal match. The Bluejays finished last season ranked fourth in the NSCAA poll, but spent a portion of the season as high as second.
Creighton advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, marking the 19th time in the last 20 seasons, advancing to the College Cup for the first time in nine years. The Bluejays won both the Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season and Tournament titles, setting a school record with a 14-0-0 home record. Creighton's defense set an NCAA record with a 0.20 goals against average, surrendering just five goals total on the season.
The Bluejays return a solid core of players from the 2011 squad, led by 2011 MVC All-Conference Second Team members Jose Gomez and Bruno Castro. The duo combined for 10 goals and 16 assists last season, seeing most of their playing time in the midfield.
Second-year head coach Elmar Bolowich is excited to mesh seven returning letterwinners with 15 fresh faces on the pitch this fall. The Bluejays will have to make up for the loss of All-American's Ethan Finlay (forward) and Brian Holt (goalkeeper), arguably the best players at their respective positions in program history.
Fans can get their first look at the Jays on Sunday, Aug. 12, when the team plays a Blue-White Scrimmage at Morrison Stadium starting at 5:00 pm.