Creighton established a school record with its sixth consecutive shutout in a 1-0 victory over Memphis Wednesday night at Morrison Stadium. Goalkeeper Brian Holt also set a school record by extending his scoreless minutes streak to 649:06 in the win.
Thomas Gjoesund earned his first start of the season and scored his first goal of the year to move the third-ranked Bluejays to 8-1-1 on the season.
Not only did the Bluejay defense pitch another shutout, it again did so in dominant fashion. The Jays allowed only one shot in the first 84 minutes of play before Sean Goulding attempted the only shot on goal for Memphis (3-8-0) with six minutes to play in the match.
The Jays would out-shoot the Tigers 18-3 in the controlling 1-0 victory. CU spent a majority of the match in the attacking third, but could not connect on a flurry of scoring chances in the second half.
Gjoesund, a late addition to the starting lineup, found the back of the net in the 18th minute to provide all the scoring in the match. Ethan Finlay created the chance by taking the ball from a Memphis defender just outside the box and sending a crossing pass to the middle for Gjoesund. The Norwegian flicked just enough of the pass to bounce its way into the net from eight yards out. Gjoesund tied for the team lead with six goals last year, while this is his fourth career game-winner.
Byron Dacy came off the bench to unload a game-high four shots, including a header attempt on goal in the second half. Andrei Gotsmanov managed three shots, while 11 different Bluejays were credited with a shot attempt in the victory.
Holt logged one save as the Bluejays notched their eighth shutout in 10 matches this season. The redshirt freshman keeper has now gone 649 minutes and six seconds since last allowing a goal, surpassing the former CU mark of 562:44 set by Kevin Doyle during the 1992 season.
The Bluejays entered the week ranked first in the NCAA in save percentage and second in goals against average and shutout percentage.
Creighton will need to continue its tight defense when it hosts the highest scoring team in the Missouri Valley Conference Saturday night. The Bluejays host Evansville (7-3-1) in the conference opener for both teams Saturday at 7 p.m. at Morrison Stadium.