The 2009 Creighton men’s soccer season has come to an end and for the first time since 1991 the Bluejays will not be apart of the NCAA Tournament. Creighton’s streak of 17 straight NCAA Tournament appearances was the fourth longest active streak in the nation.
The Bluejays went 7-4-5 record this season, and 4-2-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference, finishing behind NCAA Tournament qualifiers Missouri State (12-4-2, 7-1-1 MVC) and Drake (13-6-2, 6-3-1 MVC) in the league standings. The Bluejays loss to Drake Friday in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
This closes the career of seven Bluejays. Akin Akinrinade, Byron Dacy, Thomas Gjoesund, Chris Schuler, Trent Senske, Seth Sinovic and Jeff Thayer.
The Bluejays will look to return to the NCAA tournament in 2010, including leading scorer Ethan Finlay, who topped the team with eight goals, five of which were game winners and he was named to the first-team all-MVC this season. Goalkeeper Brian Holt will return after two seasons in net which have seen him produce 21 shutouts in 35 career starts. MVC Freshman of the Year Dion Acoff will also see his role expand in the offense next season.