December 20, 2014

Creighton soccer advances to third round of the NCAA tournament

Creighton soccer advances to the Sweet 16 (photo/Creighton athletics)

Creighton soccer advances to the Sweet 16 (photo/Creighton athletics)

No. 12 seed Creighton beat Oregon State 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament at Morrison Stadium in Omaha on Sunday afternoon.After a scoreless first half, CU freshman Lucas Staufferscored the game winner in the 50th minute to put the Bluejays ahead for good.  Creighton (15-3-2) advances to the third round of the NCAA tournament for the third time in four seasons under head coach Elmar Bolowich and the tenth time since 2000.

The Bluejays picked up their 11th shutout of the season. Creighton improved to 11-2-0 at home in 2014 and 12-2-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches played at Morrison Stadium. Xavier upset No. 5 Indiana 2-1 in Bloomington to advance to the round of 16 and Creighton hosts Xavier in a third round contest next Sunday at 1 p.m. CT inside Morrison Stadium for the right to advance to an NCAA Quarterfinal match.

Creighton goalie honored by BIG EAST after recording his tenth shutout (VIDEO)

Creighton men’s soccer junior Connor Sparrow earned BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors.

Sparrow helped the Bluejays to a 3-0 victory over Providence to give CU the 2014 BIG EAST regular season title on Friday evening at Morrison Stadium. He posted his 10th shutout of the season against the Friars while making four saves. Sparrow played 85 minutes in goal Friday. He owns a 0.49 goals against average and 14-2-2 record this season.

Sparrow also claimed Goalkeeper of the Week honors after the Jays’ opening weekend on Sept. 1 and on Oct. 13. The Jays’ weekly conference award total now stands at eight this year. Last season Creighton totaled a half dozen Player of the Week honors from the league.

Creighton receives a bye into the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship Semifinals this week as the No. 1 seed. The Bluejays will face the winner of No. 4 seed Providence and No. 5 seed Villanova on Friday, Nov. 14 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

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Husker soccer gets back to .500 with win over Indiana

A strong second half propelled the Nebraska soccer team to a 3-0 win over Indiana at the Nebraska Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon.

Caroline Flynn, Mayme Conroy and Jaycie Johnson each scored goals for the Huskers, while Kelly Schatz and Erika Johnson combined for the shutout. Schatz earned one save in 75 minutes of action before Johnson finished the final 15 minutes.

In the 12th minute, Conroy crossed to Flynn, who knocked it in from five yards out. Flynn’s goal marked her third of the season, as the Huskers took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Conroy added a goal of her own in the 79th minute off a pass from Katie Kraeutner. Conroy’s goal marked her seventh of the season, and Kraeutner’s assist was her second of the 2014 campaign.

In the 85th minute, Johnson went the distance from midfield, juking the goalkeeper before scoring to give NU a 3-0 advantage. The goal marked Johnson’s 11th of the season, and second of the weekend.

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Husker soccer continues to struggle in Big Ten play

Sophomore Jaycie Johnson scored her ninth goal of the season in the 31st minute to give NU an early 1-0 lead, but the Minnesota Golden Gophers scored three to win 3-1 on Thursday.

The Gophers tied the score, 1-1, in the 42nd minute when Josee Stiever scored off an assist from Simone Kolander. Kolander also assisted on Minnesota’s second goal, as Taylor Stainbrook knocked it in to the top right corner of the goal to give the Gophers a 2-1 advantage. In the 68th minute, Stainbrook added her second goal of the game, this time off an assist from Rashida Beal.

Nebraska falls to 5-7-2 on the season, with a 1-5-2 record in the Big Ten. Minnesota improves to 7-6-1 overall, and holds a 4-3-1 mark in conference play.

The Huskers return home to the Nebraska Soccer Field for a pair of Big Ten matches next weekend. NU faces Purdue on Friday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. (CT) before battling Indiana on Sunday, Oct. 19 at noon.

NU’s Conroy picks up Big Ten soccer honor

Senior forward Mayme Conroy earned Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors after scoring three goals in two games last week.

Conroy, an Omaha, Neb., native, tallied two goals in Sunday’s 4-3 overtime triumph over Maryland, including the game winner in the 96th minute. Her first score of the game came in the 22nd minute off an assist from Katie Kraeutner. On Thursday, Conroy delivered in the 37th minute against No. 25 Rutgers, helping the Huskers’ to a 1-1 tie at the Nebraska Soccer Field. She took three shots in 105 minutes of action while facing the Scarlet Knights.

For the season, Conroy has five goals, two of which were game winners, and one assist for a total of 11 points. She has started all 11 games and has compiled 26 shots, 14 of which have been on goal.

The Huskers (5-4-2, 1-2-2 Big Ten) hit the road for a pair of matches in Michigan this week. NU faces the Wolverines on Thursday at 2:30 p.m., on Big Ten Network, before battling the Spartans on Sunday at noon.