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.

 

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Jays complete Big East season with title

 

The Creighton men’s soccer team shutout the Providence Friars 3-0 on Friday night to secure its first Big East regular-season championship in program history.

The title was also Creighton’s second overall. The other championship was claimed by the baseball team last spring.

With the crown, the Jays earned the No. 1 seed in the Big East Men’s Soccer Championship. They also clinched a bye into the semifinals.

Creighton opened Big East play with a 1-0 win at Villanova on Sept. 27.

The Bluejays added three one-goal victories to their name during a week and a half time period before a 1-1 draw against Xavier.

The Jays were on the losing end of a 1-0 match against Georgetown on Oct. 25 at Morrison Stadium, but finished with three victories to end the regular season.

Fabian Herbers, Timo Pitter, Ricardo Perez and Lucas Stauffer each tallied three goals during conference play to lead Creighton.

Pitter led the Jays with 37 shots in nine games. Overall, Creighton maintained a theme of offense dominance throughout the season, holding a substantial advantage in shots. During the conference schedule, the Jays out-shot Big East foes 136-64. Much of the team’s offensive success was because of its pressing style of offense. The Jays did a good job of making opponents play their style for the full 90 minutes of action.

Creighton travels to Chester, Pa. this week to square-off against Providence or Villanova on Friday evening in the semifinals of the Big East Championships.

Last season, the Jays were defeated in the quarterfinals of the Big East Championships by Providence, but still earned a spot as an at-large in the NCAA tournament.

Creighton is two wins away from the school’s first Big East Tournament Championship and an automatic birth in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.