Brian Holt set the Creighton record for consecutive scoreless minutes in goal and All-American Ethan Finlay scored his 17th career-game winning goal as the third-ranked men’s soccer team continued its perfect start to the season with a 1-0 victory over Saint Mary’s Saturday night.
A crowd of 3,215 was on hand for the homecoming match at Morrison Stadium, as Creighton (8-0-0) remained the nation’s only team to not allow a goal in 2011. The Bluejays are also one of two teams (along with No. 2 Connecticut) that is unbeaten and untied this fall.
Finlay scored the game’s lone goal in the 37th minute, converting a penalty kick after he was taken down in the box. The play was set up by a crafty play by Liam Kelly on the left touchline, as he beat his defender with some creative footwork and fed the ball to a wide open Andrew Ribeiro. Ribeiro slid a pass to Finlay who was taken down by a pair of Saint Mary’s defenders as he attempted to get a shot off.
The goal was Finlay’s fourth goal in the last three games, and the two-time MAC Hermann Trophy candidate’s sixth on the season to tie him for the Missouri Valley Conference lead. Of his 35 career goals, 17 have accounted for game-winners.
Holt stopped two shots in the first half and worked hard for his seventh solo shutout of the season. The fifth-year senior goalkeeper made four saves in the second half, turning away a pair of dangerous shots, including a blast from Jose Cabeza in the 73rd minute which appeared headed for the upper left 90 and a close-range shot by Julian Godinez in the 89th minute.
Holt has now played 719:32 of scoreless soccer this season, and with the final 20:15 of the 2010 season, he surpassed his own school record for scoreless minutes. His current streak of 739:47 scoreless minutes moved past the stretch of 722:12 he logged as a freshman in 2008. He pushed his school and MVC record to 34 career shutouts and with his 44th career win, he now ranks alone in second place in school history.