The 10th-ranked Bluejays wrap up the regular season with a pair of home conference matches, starting with a battle for first place. CU hosts Missouri State on Wednesday at 7 p.m., as both sides enter with a 4-0-1 league mark.
Last Week, Creighton fell 1-0 in a closely contested match at No. 1-ranked Akron last Wednesday and played to a 2-2 draw against SIU Edwardsville at home last Saturday. Ethan Finlay scored a goal and assisted the other in the tie, becoming the all-time leading scorer in Morrison Stadium history with 35 points.
Creighton won its first four games via shutout, jumped out to its best start since 1998 and started 4-0-0 in MVC play for the first time since 1999. The Jays are 5-1-1 at home this season and 22-3-3 at home in MVC regular-season play all-time at Morrison Stadium. The Bluejays lead the MVC and rank 31st in the NCAA with 1.9 goals per game and top the league in points (94) and assists (36). Preseason All-American forward Ethan Finlay, a MAC Hermann Trophy candidate, leads the league and ranks sixth in the NCAA with 12 goals and leads the MVC and ranks eighth in the NCAA with 27 points – the most by a Bluejay since 2005. Finlay’s 35 career points at home are a Morrison Stadium record, while his 14 home goals have tied the venue record. With six assists in his last seven matches, Dion Acoff leads the MVC with nine assists, which ranks ninth in the NCAA. Jose Gomez ranks 13th in the nation with his eight assists. With 26 career shutouts in 50 starts, junior goalkeeper Brian Holt has tied the Bluejay shutout record and his career goals against average of 0.72 ranks second in school and MVC history. Freshman Tyler Polak is the only Bluejay to play every minute this season.
The Bears enter the week on a five match unbeaten streak (4-0-1) since losing at Northwestern on Oct. 3. MSU is 2-5-1 in road matches this year, but both wins have come in MVC play. The Bears lost in double-overtime to both SMU and Tulsa earlier this season and dropped a one-goal match at now top-ranked Louisville. Heath Melugin (6 g, 1 a) and Gerard Barbero (5 g, 3 a) are tied for the team-lead with 13 points. Barbero has scored four of MSU’s seven goals in MVC play. Alex Riggs, 2009 MVC Defensive Player of the Year, has played all but five minutes in goal for MSU, logging seven shutouts and a league-best 0.67 GAA. The Bears rank seventh in the NCAA in save percentage (.865), 10th in shutout percentage (.571) and 17th in GAA (0.67).