OMAHA, Neb. (Nov. 12)
- The Creighton men's soccer team earned the No. 12 seed in the 2012 NCAA
Men's Soccer Tournament this afternoon in pairings announced on NCAA.com. As a
result, the Bluejays claimed a first-round bye
in the 48-team tournament and will host the winner of Thursday's Air Force at Washington
match on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Morrison Stadium in Omaha.
The Jays came into Selection Monday at No. 11 nationally in
the latest RPI released by the NCAA on Sunday. Creighton stood at No. 12 in the
latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll released on
Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Creighton (15-3-2) earned its 20th NCAA Tournament
appearance in the last 21 years by virtue of Sunday's 2-1 win over SIU
Edwardsville in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament final. It marked
Creighton's 13th MVC Tournament title, and came on the heels of the program's 12th
regular-season MVC crown. The Jays claimed both trophies for the second
consecutive season and for the eighth time in program history.
After the 2-1 win over SIUE in Sunday's final, the Jays are 11-1
in games decided by one goal this season. Creighton is tied for No. 8
nationally with a 0.50 shutout percentage. The Jays rank No. 15 in the country
with a 0.835 save percentage and stand at No. 16 nationwide with a 0.77 goals
Creighton is 26-16-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, and
has advanced to at least the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in five of its last nine
appearances. The Jays have made four College Cup appearances (1996, 2000, 2002
Elmar Bolowich is the head coach of the Bluejays. He has
guided his teams to four consecutive College Cups (Creighton - 2011 and North
Carolina - 2008, 2009, 2010) and won a national title with the Tar Heels in 2001.
This will be Bolowich's 17th NCAA Tournament appearance as a head coach.
Creighton had four men named to the All-MVC First Team this
fall, led by Player of the Year Jose Gomez, Defensive Player of the Year Andrew
Ribeiro and Freshman of the Year Timo Pitter alongside sophomore Eric Miller.
Gomez also garnered MVC All-Tournament Team MVP honors. Ribeiro, Miller and
senior Brent Kallman joined Gomez on the All-Tournament squad.
Creighton, 8-2-1 at home this season, is 10-1-0 all-time in
NCAA Tournament matches played at Morrison Stadium and enters the NCAA
Tournament on a 10-match win streak, six of which have been shutouts.
Air Force (10-8-4) claimed an automatic NCAA bid by winning
the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament championship game over New
Mexico on penalty kicks (5-3) in Albuquerque, N.M., after the Falcons posted a
game-tying goal with 16 seconds left in regulation. The Falcons last
participated in the NCAA Tournament in 1997, when they lost to Creighton 3-2 in
the first round at the Academy. CU is 4-4-2 all-time against Air force with a
2-2 record at home in Omaha and a 1-1 mark in NCAA tournament matches.
Washington (12-4-3) earned an at-large berth in the NCAA
Tournament after finishing second in the Pac-12 at 7-1-2. Current UW head coach Jamie Clark coached one season
at Creighton in 2010 before moving on to Seattle. Clark went 13-5-2 with the
Jays and claimed the MVC regular-season title that year. CU is 5-2 all-time against
Washington with a 2-0 record at home in Omaha. Creighton fell 3-0 at Washington
in the schools' only NCAA meeting in 2006.
Should Creighton win its second-round match and the seeds
hold, it would set up a rematch with the No. 5 seed Akron (17-1-2) in the third round. The Jays hosted the
Zips on Aug. 31 in a battle of top-10 teams. That match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Men's soccer season ticket holders can purchase their
regular season seat locations for Sunday's second-round match by stopping by
the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center Ticket Office tomorrow, Wednesday or
Thursday from 9:00 a.m., - 4:30 p.m. Season ticket holders can also purchase
their regular season seat locations for Sunday's second-round match by stopping
by the Wayne & Eileen Ryan Athletic Center Ticket Office on Friday from
9:00 a.m., - 4:30 p.m. Seats not purchased by season ticket holders by 4:30
p.m., on Friday will be made available to the general public starting at 10:00
a.m., on Saturday. Ticket prices for the second-round NCAA match are $20 (upper
level adult reserved), $15 (upper level youth reserved), $9 (lower level adult
reserved or general admission) and $6 (lower level youth reserved or general
admission, ages 3-18). Starting tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., fans that are not
season ticket holders can purchase available tickets to the second-round match
at all Ticketmaster locations (Baker's, Younkers), Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com
or by calling Ticketmaster and charging by phone at 800-745-3000.
supporters who received a packet of parking passes to the South lot of Morrison
Stadium prior to the season should use the one marked "NCAA Second Round" for
entry to that area on Sunday. Should the Bluejays be victorious in
their second-round match Sunday afternoon, they could host a third-round match on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 5:00 pm.