April 20, 2014

Pair of former Creighton soccer players sign MLS contracts

Former Creighton men’s soccer players Andrew Ribeiro and Brian Holt have each recently inked Major League Soccer contracts. Ribeiro (2009-12) signed with Chivas USA in late January while Holt (2007-11) signed with the Philadelphia Union in early February.

The signings come just weeks after two Bluejays were selected in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Eric Miller (2011-13) was selected No. 5 overall by the Montreal Impact. D.C. United selected Zach Barnes (2012-13) with the No. 56 pick overall.

Ribeiro has played with Chivas USA’s U-23 side since last fall when he joined former Creighton teammate Jose Gomez with the Chivas USA U-23s. He went on trial at notable Brazilian club Vasco da Gama last year. Ribeiro later returned to sign with USL PRO side Harrisburg City Islanders for the 2013 season. He played 24 league games for Harrisburg, scoring one goal as the team finished fourth. Ribeiro becomes the second player from the U-23 team to make the jump up to the senior team.

At Creighton, Ribeiro claimed First Team All-America honors in 2012. Additionally, during the college offseason he played for the Portland Timbers USL PDL side in 2012. He participated in the 2013 MLS Combine, and was drafted in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft by the New York Red Bulls (4th round, 70th pick overall). He trained with New York in the preseason, but was not offered a contract.

Philadelphia Union have signed goalkeeper Brian Holt. He has also spent time with Union affiliates Reading United A.C. (PDL) and the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO). The Nebraska native played for Philadelphia’s PDL Affiliate partner Reading United A.C. in 2011, where he was an All-Eastern Conference selection and PDL Rookie of the Year finalist in his 16 starts with the club.

Holt signed with the Union’s USL PRO Affiliate partner Harrisburg City Islanders in 2012, a year after finishing his time at Creighton. He joins the Union after training with the club for much of lastyear and preseason this year.

As a senior at Creighton, Holt set an NCAA record with a .208 goals against average while leading the NCAA with 19 shutouts and a 92.3 save percentage. In 24 starts, Holt allowed just five goals in 2011, earning accolades as NSCAA All-America First-Team, College Cup All-Tournament Team, MVC Goalkeeper of the Year, College Soccer News All-America First-Team and a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist.

Story courtesy GoCreighton.com

Nebraska soccer loses in second round to Boston College

The Nebraska soccer season came to an end on Friday as the No. 10 Huskers were eliminated in the NCAA Tournament Second Round by Boston College, 4-1, at the Nebraska Soccer Field, ending their season at 19-4-1.

Boston College (12-9-1) had too much offense, getting 30 shot attempts, including 11 on net, both of which are season highs for an NU opponent. BC took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Scores in the 74th, 82nd minutes, made it 3-0 Eagles, before Mayme Conroy scored the Huskers lone goal in the 85th minute. BC answered two minutes later for the final tally.

“They’re an excellent team. We knew that going in. I know they had some more losses than other teams, but if you look at their losses – two to North Carolina, one to Florida State, one to Virginia, Virginia Tech, Stanford, Notre Dame – it’s maybe not a realistic record for them,” said Nebraska coach John Walker. “But they were an excellent team. They passed the ball well. They had two strikers that were very dangerous. They were the better team today. There’s no excuses. They just executed a little better than us. Once the game opened up in the second half, that’s really not the way we wanted the game to go either. Full credit to them.”

Creighton soccer stunned by Seattle at NCAA tournament

The 2013 Creighton Men’s Soccer season ended on Thursday night as Seattle stunned the host Bluejays, 2-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Miguel Gonzalez scored twice for the visiting Redhawks, who were making their first NCAA Tournament appearance.  Creighton’s season ends 9-9-2 mark, ending a bid for a third straight College Cup.

The Jays got on the board in the 15th minute, taking advantage of a Seattle miscue to score the game’s first goal. A Redhawk defender passed the ball back to goalie Jake Feener inside the box, which resulted in a foul. McCrary quickly spotted the loose ball from about 10 yards out and dished it 20 feet left to an open Makh, who beat Feener for his first goal as a Bluejay. It was McCrary’s third assist of the season.

Seattle evened up the game in the 31st minute as Gonzalez found the back of the net for the 14th time of 2013. He gathered a loose ball, turned and fired, beating CU keeper Alex Bolowich for the equalizer.  Gonzalez scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute, ripping a blast from the top of the box over the outstretched hand of Bolowich.

Creighton outshot Seattle 20-7 on the night, including a 9-3 lead in shots on goal. The Bluejays also had 11 corner kicks to Seattle’s three.

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Johnson’s four goals pushes Nebraska to field of 32 in soccer

The No. 2-seeded Nebraska soccer team advanced to the Round of 32 with a four-goal performance from freshman Jaycie Johnson as the Huskers defeated Southeastern Louisiana 4-0 at the Nebraska Soccer Field.

Johnson is the fifth player in NCAA Tournament history to score four goals in a tournament match and the first freshman to accomplish the feat. She becomes the first NU player to notch four goals in an NCAA Tournament match and the just the fourth Husker to record four scores in a match.

Johnson’s 17 goals this season are tied for second best in Nebraska history amongst freshman.

The Huskers move on to face Boston College in the Second Round, which will take place on Friday, Nov. 22 at a time and location to be announced on Sunday. Nebraska looks to notch its seventh Sweet 16 appearance with a victory next Friday.

NU soccer learns of NCAA tournament seeding later today

The Nebraska soccer claimed a 1-0 win over Iowa to claim its first Big Ten Tournament Championship. Jaycie Johnson’s penalty kick goal in the 30th minute was the difference as the Huskers locked up both the regular-season and tournament titles for the fourth time in school history and for the first time since 2000. Nebraska will now await its NCAA Tournament draw, after earning the Big Ten’s automatic berth. The field of 64 will be revealed today at 3:30 p.m.

Johnson, who leads NU with 13 goals, earned a penalty kick  in the 30th minute. The  freshman converted beating the Iowa keeper right side with a powerful shot to give NU the 1-0 edge. The score was the first allowed by Iowa in four matches and was enough to clinch the tournament crown.

The Nebraska defense had  its hands full as Iowa outshot the Huskers by a 16-11 margin. However, NU allowed just three shots on goal while putting up four attempts on target. Jordan Jackson led NU with five attempts.