The third-ranked Creighton men’s soccer team posted its school-record seventh straight shutout on Wednesday night, blanking No. 22 Kentucky 2-0 before 2,557 fans at Morrison Stadium. The Bluejays’ longest winning streak since 2005 puts them at 7-0-0 on the season for their best start since 1993.
Creighton remains the nation’s only team that has yet to yield a goal in 2011 and is now one of three unbeaten and untied teams along with No. 2 Connecticut and No. 15 Old Dominion.
Kentucky, which entered the week ranked second nationally in goals scored, was held to 12 shots and fell to 6-3-1 in its first shutout loss of the season.
The Bluejays put both of their goals in during the opening 14 minutes of the second half. Andrew Ribeiro scored the first goal of the match when he blasted a shot into the lower left corner from the top of the 18-yard box with exactly 54:00 off the clock in the match. Ribeiro’s second goal of the season was set up on a build up from Tyler Polak down the left side, feeding Ethan Finlay who sent a pass to the middle for what proved to be the game-winning score.
Less than five minutes later Finlay found the back of the net when he put knocked in a shot following a deflection of a Bruno Castro attempt on goal. The goal for Finlay, a two-time MAC Hermann Trophy Candidate, was his team-leading fifth of the season and coupled with his assist he now has a team-best 14 points through seven matches.
The goal for Finlay in the 59th minute served as redemption for the All-American forward, after he narrowly missed a pair of goals in the first half. In the 21st minute he hit the crossbar with a shot and in the 40th minute Kentucky goalkeeper Tyler Beadle stopped Finlay’s penalty kick attempt.
Senior goalkeeper Brian Holt stood tall in net, posting five saves. The victory was the 43rd of his career, tied for second in school history with two-time Valley Defensive Player of the Year Matt Allen. Holt also extended his school and MVC record with his 33rd career shutout. He has now played nearly 650 consecutive minutes since he last allowed a goal – the second longest streak in school history (behind his own CU record 722 scoreless minutes).
The Bluejays return to play and conclude a three-game home stand against Saint Mary’s (1-2-3) on Saturday at 7 pm.