August 20, 2014

Creighton soccer ties Milwaukee in first exhibition game

The Creighton men’s soccer team played Milwaukee to a 0-0 tie in an exhibition match at the Panthers’ Engelmann Stadium on a windy Sunday afternoon.  The Bluejays controlled most of the match outshooting Milwaukee 16-8 including nine shots on goal to just three by the Panthers. The teams decided not to play an overtime session in the preseason match.

Junior Timo Pitter led CU with three shots on goal while sophomore Fabian Herbers added two. UWM’s All-America selection Laurie Bell posted the Panthers’ trio of shots on goal. CU junior goalkeeper Connor Sparrow played all 90 minutes in goal during the exhibition. Sparrow made a tough save on Bell in the 43rd minute as the Panther knocked a header towards the CU net off of a corner kick. Bell also just missed a score earlier in the half as his shot rebounded off the crossbar. Sparrow totaled three saves in the match.

The Jays host No. 21 Wisconsin in their final exhibition match on Friday at 7 p.m. CT inside Morrison Stadium.

Defending Big Ten champs find a challenging schedule on the pitch

The Nebraska soccer team released its 2014 schedule which features three games against top 10 teams from the final 2013 RPI Rankings.  The defending Big Ten regular-season and tournament champions will compete in an exhibition match against Colorado College on Aug. 15 in Colorado Springs, Colo., before beginning the regular season at home on Aug. 22 against SMU. The game between the Huskers and Mustangs starts at 6 p.m., and will be the first of 12 home games for the Huskers at the Nebraska Soccer Field.

Last season, Nebraska compiled a 19-4-1 record and went 10-1 in the Big Ten. The Huskers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles.

Nebraska 2014 soccer schedule


South sweeps both boys and girls matches at Shrine Soccer Classic

Both South teams won 2-0 matches in the Nebraska Shrine Soccer Classic on Saturday at Nebraska-Omaha’s Caniglia Field.  The field has turf that is designed for soccer and is considered one of the best soccer playing surfaces in the country.

Paige Phipps of Millard West scored first to put the South girls on the board in the first half with an unassisted goal and game MVP Natalie Johnson of Omaha Skutt added the insurance with a second half goal. Elkhorn South’s Alex Thiem had six saves to earn the win in goal. Lincoln Lutheran’s Tara Ziegelbein turned aside  nine shots for the North squad.

In the boys game, Millard South’s Scott Botkin scored to put the South up 1-0 after taking a pass from Omaha South’s Michael Jaime. Elkhorn South’s Brandon Roarty scored the South’s second goal, with an assist coming from Lincoln Southwest’s Justin Wiley assisted.  Crete goalie Mitch Siedfhoff made five saves and Hastings’ Christian Lomax stopped seven as they two combined for a South shutout.

Lincoln Southwest wins first boys soccer state title. Columbus Scotus win Class B title on fluke goal

Justin Wiley’s goal in the 16th minute was all Lincoln Southwest needed as they beat Omaha Westside 1-0 in the Class A boys state soccer championship on Tuesday.  The win gave Southwest its first state title in boys soccer.

Wiley scored off an assist from his younger brother AJ.  The brothers were involved in six of the Silver Hawks’ seven goals in the tournament.  Southwest finishes their season 18-1.  Westside went 15-5.

4th ranked Columbus Scotus beat No. 3 Gretna 1-0 in overtime in the Class B championship match Tuesday, also held at Morrison Stadium.  The only goal was a fluke.

A Gretna defender accidentally knocked the ball into the Dragons’ own goal after a crossing pass was sent in front of the goal.  The game winner was officially ruled an own goal at the 3:44 mark of the 20-minute overtime.

Omaha Marian grabs record 12th state soccer title, Gretna passes Elkhorn South in OT

Omaha Marian won its state-record 12th girls soccer championship with a 1-0 win against Millard North in the Class A final Monday at Morrison Stadium.  Junior forward Faith Carter scored the only goal in the 21st minute.

Top-ranked Marian finishes 18-1, with its only loss against No. 2 Millard North, in the Metro Conference Tournament championship.  Marian or Millard North has won six of the past nine state titles. Millard North (18-3) has been state runner-up the past two seasons.

Top-ranked Elkhorn South lost to No. 3 Gretna, 2-1 in overtime of the Class B final at Morrison Stadium.  Elkhorn South had gone 11 straight matches without giving up a goal, a state record, and was closing in on a 12th match, until Gretna scored twice in a span of 4:32 to win.

Gretna forced overtime with just 44 seconds remaining in regulation with a goal by junior defender Sarah Zeleny from about 40 yards out.  Senior Makenzie Burmeister scored the winner with another long shot just 3:48 into the 20-minute overtime. It was her fifth goal of the tournament.

Elkhorn South took a 1-0 lead with five minutes remaining in regulation when Jessica Dvorak scored as the Storm were looking for their third win this season over Gretna.