The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Top 25 Poll was released on Tuesday and it ranks the Creighton men’s soccer team 10th prior to the 2011 season. The Bluejays finished 2010 with a 13-5-2 record and were ranked 14th in the final 2010 NSCAA poll.
Creighton returns 13 letterwinners and eight starters from last year’s team, which captured its Missouri Valley Conference record 10th regular-season championship. The Bluejays appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time in 19 seasons last fall, advancing to the second round of the event.
The top six scorers from last year’s team are back for the Bluejays, including 2010 MVC Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist Ethan Finlay. Finlay led a Bluejay offense which ranked 15th in the NCAA in scoring with 2.0 goals per game. The senior forward led the MVC and ranked in the NCAA top-10 with 15 goals and 34 points last year. The Jays also return fifth-year senior Brian Holt, back for his fourth year starting in goal. Holt already owns the school record with 27 career shutouts and ranks second in school and league history with a 0.79 career goals against average.
The Bluejays start practice on Wednesday morning, under new head coach Elmar Bolowich. Fans can get their first look at the Jays on Sunday, Aug. 14, when the team plays a Blue-White Scrimmage at Morrison Stadium starting at 5 pm.