The Creighton men’s soccer team scored a season-high five goals in cruising to a 5-1 win over Eastern Illinois Sunday afternoon at Morrison Stadium. Five different Bluejays scored, while eight different players recorded an assist in the win. The Bluejays remain in first place in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 3-1-1 record, moving to 5-2-2 overall, while dropping the Panthers to 1-3-0 in the MVC and 4-5-2 overall.
Jeff Thayer scored just 3:16 into the match when he collected a rebound off an Ethan Finlay shot and put it past EIU keeper Sean Molony. Seth Sinovic – who set up Finlay’s shot – and Finlay were credited with assist on the play.
Just under 10 minutes later Finlay broke into the scoring column with his team-best fourth goal of the campaign. Josh Moran started the build up with a long lead pass to Thayer and then Thayer placed a centering pass through an EIU defender’s legs and Finlay tucked it away from about 12 yards out. The goal was Finlay’s 10th of his career, with seven of them accounting for game-winning scores.
The Jays added an insurance goal just before half on a goal by Sinovic with 3:33 left in the period. Akin Akinrinade played the ball down the right sideline where he fed Andrew Duran. Duran then centered a pass to Sinovic, who buried his second goal of the fall.
Creighton wasted little time scoring early in the second half as Kris Clark notched his first tally of the season just 68 seconds into the second stanza. Moran and Dion Acoff tallied assists on the play.
Eastern Illinois scored its lone goal 69 seconds later when Alex Harrison scored his second goal of the season. Harrison drilled a free kick from 35 yards out that deflected off the CU wall and got past Bluejay goalkeeper Brian Holt.
Creighton tacked on a final score with 1:49 remaining when Thomas Gjoesund headed in a rebound off a shot by Nick O’Neill.
Creighton out-shot EIU by a decisive 26-5 margin, including an overwhelming 18-1 advantage in the first half. Molony stayed busy in net all afternoon for the Panthers, as his 10 saves were one shy of a Morrison Stadium record. Holt played the first 63 minutes to earn the win in net for CU before sophomore Nick Goldreich shut out the Panthers over the last 27 minutes in his first action of the season.
Creighton will host 22nd-ranked Drake on Wednesday at 7 pm at Morrison Stadium. Story courtesy of Creighton athletics.