For the first time in the storied history of the program, Creighton men’s soccer will make a second consecutive College Cup appearance. The eighth-ranked and 12th-seeded Bluejays punched their ticket to Hoover, Ala., with a 1-0 win at seventh-ranked and fourth-seeded Connecticut on Sunday at a sold-out Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn.
The Jays advanced on a goal from Christian Blandon with 90 seconds left, coming off a cross from the right endline from Hermann Trophy candidate Jose Gomez. The score was Blandon’s fourth goal of the fall and second game-winner, and it was the MVC-leading ninth assist of the season from Gomez.
Creighton is now 17-3-3 on the year, extending its unbeaten streak to 14 straight, while clinching its fifth overall College Cup appearance (also 1996, 2000, 2002, 2011). Connecticut ends its season 17-4-1, losing at home for the first time since Nov. 7, 2009 and having its 38-match home unbeaten streak (32-0-6) snapped.
CU head coach Elmar Bolowich will make his fifth consecutive appearance in the College Cup after taking Creighton last season and the University of North Carolina the previous three years.
Creighton takes the field Friday, Dec. 7 against No. 16-seeded Indiana (14-5-3) in the national semifinals. The contest will air live on ESPNU and kick off at approximately 6:30 p.m. CT following the first national semifinal between No. 3-seeded Georgetown and No. 2-seeded Maryland.