Inside Morrison Stadium for Bluejay practice and preparation

Jays Practice
A few of the Jays gather near the west sideline.

This week’s Creighton soccer update includes an event-blog of the Creighton men’s soccer practice held on Thursday, Oct. 9.

 

3:50: The Jays enter the field wearing all-blue jersey tops, black shorts and black socks. Some are wearing short sleeves, while others are sporting long sleeves. The goalies feature black outfits.

3:53: The Bluejays form four lines along the east side of the field to begin warm-ups, while coaches finish preparing the field. The three Bluejay goalies go through their own warm-up routine.

4:02: The athletes continue with partner exercises.

4:03: Myles Englis and Sean Kim work on some light ball skills along the west sideline. Both Englis and Kim attempt to make the most of their time out of the actual practice setting.

4:06: The warm-ups move from basic calisthenics to core exercises including planks and front falls.

4:11: The Jays are split into four groups of four for a passing drill. Two groups are near the north goal while the others are near the south end.

4:14: The two ends of the field participate in four-on-four drills. High-intensity offense versus defense. There is also an extra player on both ends that wears a different colored penny and plays offense the entire time.

4:17: Fabian Herbers slips a goal past assistant coach Justin Hughes for the first score by the team wearing pennies on the north-end.

4:23: Two of the foursomes switch ends of the field to present new match-ups.

4:24: The new team on the north end scores three quick goals. Mike Paye yells, “That’s too easy,” as the second goal slips past goalie Alex Bolowich.

4:31: The final match-up between the groups starts. It appears they are keeping track of wins and losses, because assistant coach Johnny Torres yells that one of the teams is 1-1.

4:38: The losing team on the north end in the final match-up is forced to move one of the extra goals off the field.

4:42: Coach Bolowich splits the team into two teams to play 10-against-10 on three-quarters of the field.

4:46: Coach Bolowich stops the action to offer advice on how to handle a particular situation.

4:48: Herbers gets past the defense on the right side and fires a pass towards the left-side of the box, but Ricardo Perez misses a header by a matter of feet. He nearly finished the impressive play with a diving header directed at Bolowich.

4:51: After the sun had been non-existent, the east half of the field becomes sun-covered as the big ball of gas makes an appearance.

4:57: The Jays take a short break for water. Some of the guys are stretching out to make sure they’re nice and loose for the remainder of the session.

5:03: After play resumes, Jose Ribas sends a pass across the box from the left side, but Lucas Stauffer is unable to handle it. Neither squad has scored a goal. In a way that is good, but in another way it could seem like a negative.

5:07: The 10-against-10 scrimmage concludes and the Jays move on to practice penalty kicks. Maybe a goal will be scored during this, because there wasn’t one during the last half hour of practice.

5:13: The Jays conclude practice. Following the workout, coach Bolowich said that he wished practice had gone more efficiently.

“I think it was not the right focus,” Bolowich said, “so I wish it would have gone a little smoother; a little better; a little quicker, but you have days like that where some are better and some are not as great.”

 

 

 

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Creighton men’s soccer holds an impressive advantage in shot attempts

Billy statueThrough 10 games, the Creighton men’s soccer team has 97 more shot attempts than its opponents. The Jays’ offensive dominance has resulted in eight wins, one loss and one draw.

The Bluejays lead the Big East conference in shots per game and goals scored.

The Jays have 161 shot attempts (16.1/game) and 17 goals.

They have held the competition to only 64 attempts (6.4/game) and allowed only five goals.

Germans Fabian Herbers and Timo Pitter share the team lead in shots with 31 a piece. Herbers also leads the Jays in goals with five, and Pitter has four assists for tops on the team.

All 16 Bluejays that have appeared on the pitch have recorded at least one shot. Seven different players have more than 10.

Much of the team’s success has been as a result of their aggressive style of play. Early offensive attacks have forced opponents to play the Jays’ style.

The Jays are also the lone Big East squad with a perfect conference record after the first two weekends of play.

Creighton was on a similar tear a season ago with 162 shots and 17 goals in its first 10 matches and were 6-2-2. However, the Jays slumped to the finish line with a 3-7 record and an early exit in the quarterfinals of Big East tournament play and in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The Jays’ plan to reverse the storyline this season will be focused on playing coach Elmar Bolowich’s style of pressing. So far the stats prove they have done an impressive job of playing his style, but as they continue through conference play it will be interesting to see if they can maintain their dominance.