Men’s soccer looks to move past Big East semifinal loss and direct kicks toward NCAAs

Despite claiming the Big East regular-season championship, the Creighton men’s soccer team played in only one game at the 2014 Big East Men’s Soccer Championship. The Jays were the No. 1 seed and automatically earned a spot in the semifinal round.

Creighton traveled to Philadelphia on Thursday for the Big East Championships.

The Jays faced the Providence Friars in the semifinals on Friday. On Nov. 7, Creighton defeated Providence 3-0 to claim the regular-season crown, but this weekend was a different story.

Neither team pushed across a goal in the opening 45, but Providence slipped a goal past Connor Sparrow late in the second half.

The lone goal was all the Friars needed to advance to championship game on Sunday.

On Monday, the NCAA Men’s Soccer Committee selected Creighton as the No. 12 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

The Jays were one of three Big East schools to earn a first-round bye.

Multiple teams encompassing Creighton Athletics have advanced to the NCAA Tournament over the past three decades.