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.