The Creighton men’s soccer team jumped four spots to No. 12 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll on Tuesday, Nov. 6, after a 2-1 road win at Evansville last week.
This week’s jump completes an elevation of 10 positions for the Bluejays over the past three weeks in the poll. It is also Creighton’s highest ranking since Sept. 25 when the Jays were also ranked at No. 12.
It marks the 35th consecutive week that Creighton is ranked in the NSCAA Top 25. The 2010 preseason poll was the last time the Jays were not ranked.
CU stands at No. 14 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released by the NCAA on Monday, Nov. 5.
This week the Jays moved into the top spot of the NSCAA Midwest Regional Rankings. Creighton remained at No. 13 in the Soccer America Men’s Top 25 this week. The Bluejays also held steady at No. 14 in the TopDrawer Soccer rankings for the third straight week. CU moved up one spot to No. 14 in the latest College Soccer News poll. The Soccer Times poll was unavailable at press time; last week Creighton stood at No. 11 in those rankings.
Entering the first week of the postseason, Creighton ranks No. 7 nationally with a 0.56 shutout percentage (10-of-18 matches). The Jays also rank No. 10 in the country in save percentage (0.85) and stand at No. 11 nationally for team goals against average (0.70).
With one goal allowed in conference play this year Creighton’s shutout defense set a new MVC team record for the fewest goals allowed in a Valley season. The 2012 Jays moved ahead of three teams, including CU’s 1995 squad, who shared the previous all-time low record of two goals allowed in a conference season.
After the 2-1 win at UE in the regular season finale, the Jays clinched the No. 1 seed at the Valley tournament this week as well as the outright regular season title. The conference crown marks the 12th regular season MVC title in program history as CU finished with a 5-0-1 mark in conference play.
Creighton travels to Peoria, Ill., this week for the 2012 MVC Tournament hosted by Bradley. CU will face the winner of Wednesday’s quarterfinal match between the No. 5 seed Drake and the No. 4 seed Evansville in a semifinal slated for 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.