Sights around Morrison Stadium

A statue of Creighton’s mascot, Billy Bluejay, guards Morrison Stadium. Based on tradition, students rub Billy’s beak for good luck before each game.

Billy statue

 

The Bluejay women’s soccer team lines up near midfield with a group of future Bluejays. As part of the annual Pink Out game, local youth soccer players were provided with the opportunity to stand with the Jays during the National Anthem.

 

Starting lineup

 

The crowd at Morrison Stadium erupts in applause as the Creighton starting lineup is announced before the Pink Out game against the Villanova Wildcats on Oct. 16. The Wildcats defeated the Jays 2-0.

Morrison crowd

The soccer ball sits at the northwest corner of the field prior to a Creighton corner kick. The men’s soccer team has attempted 86 corner kicks through 15 games, while the women’s team has attempted 69 through 17 games.

Corner kick

 

Women’s coach Bruce Erickson (at right) observes the action on the pitch. The 2014 season is Erickson’s 16th year at Creighton.

 

Coach Erickson

 

The trophy room hosts a pair of NCAA semifinalist trophies. The Creighton men’s soccer team reached the College Cup in 2011 and 2012. With a 12-2-2 record, the Jays are poised to make a deep postseason run and a possible return to the national semifinals this season.

Trophy

 

 

Losing one doesn’t mean losing hope

Morrison Sunset
All is calm before the start of Friday’s women’s soccer match at Morrison Stadium.

After soaring to 12 wins and one draw through the first four weeks of the season, the men’s and women’s soccer teams were the talk of campus. Both teams unbeaten status’ came to an abrupt stop over the span of two days.  This weekend, the Bluejays played three games in Omaha and came away with one win and two losses.

On Friday, the women’s soccer team lost 2-0 to UMKC at Morrison stadium.

On Saturday, during the Jays’ Homecoming match, the men’s soccer team fell 1-0 in overtime to Saint Louis.

The women’s team picked up the lone win of the weekend on Sunday, 2-1 in overtime, as the visiting team on the scoreboard against UNO.

The pair of setbacks simply mean neither team will finish unbeaten, but it doesn’t signify an end of hope for a successful season. The squads now know what losing feels like and can’t let it get the best of them.

With the season nearing the halfway point, both programs are about to begin their conference schedules.

Neither team looked sharp through its first Big East conference season a year ago. The men’s team was forced to make long road trips to the east coast that required three and sometimes four days away from the Midwest. The Jays finished 1-3-1 on the road during Big East play.

The women’s team suffered through the nine-game conference schedule with only two victories.

This season, the men’s schedule favors the boys in blue, so they must take advantage of the friendly agenda in order to fight for the program’s first Big East title.

The women’s squad looks stronger than a season ago, but has to keep its intensity level high through each game to have chance to even make the Big East postseason tournament.

Despite the two losses during Alumni weekend, the Jays are destined to do big things for the rest of the season if they can continue to play complete games, move past each loss and focus on improving each time they step on the pitch.