Creighton Men's Soccer 2014 NCAA Tournament Capsule

Creighton Bluejays
Big East


Creighton has been the model of consistency in only their second season in the Big East, winning the regular season title. Coach Elmar Bolowich’s squad attacks and defends as a unit with ten players scoring on the season and the third best goals against average in the nation. The unanimous Big East Offensive Player of the Year, Fabian Herbers, not only leads the team with nine goals, he is one of their best playmakers with seven assist. They dropped points in four matches this season and all four teams were ranked in the November 9th Top 25 coaches poll.

2014 Record: 14-3-2, 7-1-1
Coach: Elmar Bolowich

Good Results: 8/29 Stanford (2-0), 11/7 Providence (3-0)
Bad Results: 9/20 Saint Louis (0-1), 10/25 Georgetown (0-1)

Why They Can Surprise?
Coach and players with prior College Cup experience and a top three defense is a good start to the resume. Creighton has not lost to poor or significantly lesser opponents. The Bluejays can score goals even when Fabian Herbers is marked out of the game, as ten players contributed to the team’s 29 goals and Creighton can grind out 1-0 results all the way to the College Cup.

Why They Can Disappoint:
Does Creighton have that next level talent to score against the best defenses in the nation? They were shutout in both losses, at home versus Saint Louis and Georgetown. It would be a true shock if they are bounced out of the first two rounds, but once they face a top team with a strong defense can they breakthrough?

Key Strikers:
Fabian Herbers, Sophomore, 9 goals, 7 assists
Timo Pitter, Junior, 6 goals, 7 assists

Key Midfielders:
Ricardo Perez, Sophomore, 3 goals, 2 assists
Mike Paye, Junior, 1 goal, 0 assists
Christian Blandon, Junior, 0 goals, 2 assists

Key Defenders:
Jose Ribas, Senior, 0 goals, 3 assists
Vincent Keller, Junior, 1 goal, 0 assists
Eric DeJulio, Junior, 0 goals, 0 assists

Key Goalkeepers:
Connor Sparrow, Junior, 0.51 goals against average, .836 save percentage, 9 shutouts

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 1.61 (49th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Goals-Against Average: 0.49 (3, 1)
Shutout Percentage: .56 (8, 1)
Save Percentage: .839 (10, 2)

Recent Postseason Appearances:
2013    First Round     Lost to Seattle
2012    Second Round    Defeated Washington
2012    Third Round    Defeated Akron
2012    Quarterfinals    Defeated Connecticut
2012    National Semifinals    Lost to Indiana
2011    Second Round    Defeated Northern Illinois
2011    Third Round    Defeated UC Santa Barbara
2011    Quarterfinals    Defeated South Florida
2011    National Semifinals    Lost to Charlotte
2010    First Round     Defeated New Mexico
2010    Second Round    Lost to SMU
2008    Second Round    Defeated Tulsa
2008    Third Round    Defeated Connecticut
2008    National Semifinals    Lost to Maryland
2007    Second Round    Defeated SMU
2007    Third Round    Lost to Illinois-Chicago
2006    First Round     Lost to Washington
2005    First Round     Defeated Lafayette
2005    Second Round    Defeated Duke
2005    Third Round    Defeated Penn State
2005    Quarterfinals    Lost to Clemson
2004    Second Round    Defeated Northwestern
2004    Third Round    Lost to Maryland
2003    First Round     Defeated UMKC
2003    Second Round    Defeated San Diego
2003    Third Round    Defeated Virginia
2003    Quarterfinals    Lost to St. John's

*all team stats through 11/9


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