OMAHA, Neb. (Nov. 3) -
The No. 16 Creighton men's soccer team claimed its second outright Missouri
Valley Conference (MVC) regular-season title and third straight crown overall
in the last three seasons after a 2-1 victory at Evansville Saturday night.
Creighton senior Brent Kallman notched the game-winner on
his first goal of the season off of a header in the 44th minute to break a 1-1
tie. It marked just the second career goal for Kallman at CU, both game-winning
scores. Sophomore Jose Ribas recorded his fifth assist of the season on the
The Jays posted their eighth consecutive win to complete the
regular season and improved to 13-3-2 overall. With the win Creighton claims
the No. 1 seed at the Valley tournament next week in Peoria, Ill., hosted by
The conference title marks the 12th regular-season MVC crown
in program history after CU finished with a 5-0-1 mark in conference play. The
last time the Bluejays finished the conference season without a loss was in
Evansville drops to 3-2-1 in the MVC and 9-7-1 overall. The
Purple Aces will be seeded fourth next week at BU. The Valley tournament host
Braves managed to salvage a 1-1 tie against Central Arkansas Saturday and claim
the third seed.
The Bluejays got on the scoreboard early in the eighth
minute, as freshman Timo Pitter scored his team-leading eighth goal of the
season put Creighton up 1-0. Pitter has scored five goals in the past five
matches for the Jays. Pitter's goal gives him 18 points on the season to lead
the Creighton stat sheet.
Evansville tied the match at 1-1 on a goal from Mark
Gonzalez in the 21st minute. The Purple Aces' goal snapped CU's shutout streak
against MVC foes at 12 consecutive matches.
Until the Gonzalez goal, the last score the Creighton defense
allowed to a league opponent came in the 2011 conference opener (Oct. 12)
versus Missouri State at 22:54. The Bluejays defensive shutout streak ended at
a total of 1,293 minutes.
Kallman's score just over a minute before halftime proved to
be the difference as neither team scored after the break.
CU freshman goalkeeper Jeff Gal improved his record to 9-0
on the year with the win. The UE goal allowed by Gal snapped his personal scoreless
streak at five matches.
Creighton travels to Peoria, Ill., next week for the 2012
MVC Tournament hosted by Bradley. The Bluejays will face the winner of No. 5
seed Drake or No. 4 seed Evansville in a semifinal slated for Friday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.