Women’s soccer ends season on high note after slumping through Big East

Creighton soccerThe Creighton women’s soccer team defeated Xavier on Friday, to close the 2014 season with a win. Friday’s victory was only the Jays’ second Big East conference win of the season.  Following an 8-1 showing in the nonconference portion of the schedule, Creighton shut the door on the season with a 2-5-2 Big East record.

The Bluejays finished in eighth place in the conference with eight points.

The Jays started off the conference slate with a 7-2 loss at Marquette. Creighton knew it would need a better defensive showing in order to compete in the league.

Creighton was shutout in its conference home-opener, but senior Addison Nokels had a game-winner in the second overtime against Providence on Oct. 2 at Morrison Stadium, giving the Jays a glimmer of hope after two rough defeats.

Creighton hosted five of its nine Big East opponents, but the result against Providence was the only victory on the pitch inside Morrison Stadium.

After a 1-1 draw against Seton Hall, the Jays were shutout in three consecutive matches, including twice against ranked foes.

Creighton and Butler played to a 1-1 tie on Oct. 25, before the Jays ended the season against Xavier.

CU was outscored 16-7 in nine conference games.

The Bluejays’ opponents held only a 120-108 shot advantage, but more than half of the conference-counterpart’s shots were directed towards the Bluejay net (.542), compared to only 40.7 percent of the Jays shots.

Sophomores Lauren Sullivan and Ylenia Sachau led the Jays with two goals each during conference play to pace the Jays.

Sophomore Danielle Rice controlled the net in all nine conference games. The Westlake, Texas native had 49 saves.