MVC Player of the Year Jose Gomez and MVC Defensive Player of the Year Andrew Ribeiro scored second half goals to lift the #12 Creighton men’s soccer to a 2-1, over SIU Edwardsville on Sunday in Peoria to claim the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship.
The title is Creighton’s (15-3-2) second consecutive tournament crown, fifth in eight years, and 13th in the 22-year history of the event. The Bluejays have now won 10 straight overall matches and improved to 11-1 this year in games decided by one goal.
Gomez scored his sixth goal of the year in the 69th minute off an assist from Brent Kallman, giving Creighton a 1-0 lead. 10 minutes later, SIUE evened the match when Jared Tejada headed in a ball to the left side netting with 10:23 to play. Creighton’s game-winning score came from Ribeiro after Benito Amaral was taken down in the box and a penalty kick was awarded. Ribeiro’s penalty shot was saved by a sprawling John Berner, but Ribeiro followed his miss with a left-footer into the open net and the eventual game-winner.
The game was played in wind which gusted as high as 53 mph, and the final four minutes were played in a driving rainstorm, as well.