Friday September 3 | Creighton (0-2-0) at # 1 Indiana (2-0-0) | Bloomington, Indiana | 7:00 p.m. (Center)
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Monday September 6 | Creighton vs. Ohio State | Bloomington, Indiana | 4:00 p.m. (Center)
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Creighton heads to Bloomington, Indiana for the adidas / IU Credit Union Classic. The Bluejays will play in Indiana on Friday night before facing Ohio State for a neutral site contest on Monday afternoon.
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Scouting Creighton (0-2-0)
The Bluejays lost two games on the opening weekend of the season.
Senior goalkeeper Paul Kruse made eight saves – one of his career highs – in the season opener (Aug. 26) before having to make seven saves Sunday in Saint Louis.
First-year student Manu Toledano scored Creighton’s first goal of the season with an 89th-minute penalty against Tulsa.
The Bluejays enter the 2021 season with all 22 letter winners returning from last season’s squad which posted a 6-6-0 record during the abridged 2020 season which ended in the spring of 2021 in due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
BIG EAST 2020 Offensive Player of the Year Diego Gutierrez returns to defend his prize after boosting Creighton with 16 points from five goals and six assists in his first season in a Bluejay uniform.
In addition to Gutierrez, four other Bluejays – Charles Augustus, Duncan mcguire, Moussa Qongo and Callum watson – each was part of the All-BIG EAST second team last season.
Creighton also welcomed 12 newcomers, including Toledano (Spain) and Miguel Ventura (Portugal) who should each contribute in their first seasons at Omaha.
The Head Coach Johnny torres is in his third year at the helm of the Bluejays after spending 12 years as an assistant coach.
Scouting # 1 Indiana (2-0-0)
The Hoosiers enter Friday’s game with a pair of one-goal wins to open the 2021 campaign, including a 1-0 home win over Butler on Tuesday night.
First-year midfielder Tommy Mihalic won Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week status after scoring two goals in the Hoosiers’ 3-2 overtime win over Notre Dame on Friday night.
Indiana was unanimously selected as the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten Conference, while Victor Bezerra, Romana Celentano and Spencer glass were each named Big Ten Players to Watch.
Bezerra also earned All-America preseason status through College Soccer News after finishing second in last season’s MAC Hermann Trophy, leading the Hoosiers with 12 goals and a total of 28 points.
Celentano allowed just six goals in 16 games last season (0.36 goals against on average) as second-team All-America and Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, while Glass led the Big Ten with five assists, despite missing half of the season because of injury.
The Head Coach Todd Yeagley is in his 12th season at the helm of Indiana. He guided the Hoosiers to the regular season and the Big Ten tournament title last season for the third season in a row and holds a 152-50-40 record in Indiana with one national title (2012) and two national finalists (2017, 2020).
Ohio State Scouting (1-1-0)
The Buckeyes opened the 2021 season with a 1-1 performance at the Wolstein Classic in Columbus.
Ohio State beat Memphis 3-2, before falling in overtime to UAB, 2-1.
Laurence Wooton scored two goals in the season opener over Memphis, while Xavier Green also scored one against the Tigers and Luke Kiley found the bottom of the net against UAB.
Wooton and Green, as well as Deylen Vellios were named the 2021 Big Ten Players to Watch.
Wooton also won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year 2020 award.
The Head Coach Brian Maisonneuve is in his fourth season at the helm of Ohio State and led the Buckeyes to a 3-6-1 record last season.
History of the series against Hoosiers
The all-time series between Creighton and Indiana is tied at 4-4-0.
The two programs last met in the 2012 College Cup as the Hoosiers claimed a 1-0 victory before claiming the national championship.
In the 2000 College Cup, Creighton won a spectacular 2-1 three-overtime victory over Indiana – the two-time defending national champion – before the Bluejays finished second overall (losing 2-0 to UConn in the title match).
The Creighton 2000 men’s soccer team is still the only Bluejay track team to reach the national championship in any sport.
Creighton won a 1-0 victory on October 9, 2011 when the two schools last met in Bloomington.
History of the series against the Buckeyes
Creighton leads the all-time series against Ohio State, 2-1.
The Buckeyes won a 4-1 victory over the Bluejays in the school’s last meeting on September 21, 2001 at the Ohio State Nike Classic in Columbus, Ohio.
The Bluejays picked up victories over Ohio State in the 1998 regular season and the 2000 NCAA tournament.
Bluejays vs. the Big Ten
Creighton is 21-12-2 against the current members of the Big Ten Conference.
The Bluejays have eight wins against Wisconsin, four against Indiana, two against Ohio State and Rutgers and one win each against Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Penn State.
Friday’s game will mark Creighton’s first against a Big Ten opponent since the Bluejays won a 2-0 victory at Rutgers to open the 2016 season.
The last time the Bluejays played two games against Big Ten opponents in the same season was in 2015, when Creighton claimed 1-0 victories over Michigan (at home) and State of. Michigan (on the road).
Bluejays Vs All-Time Competition. Top 25
Creighton is 80-61-17 against United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) top 25 opponents, including 0-3-0 last season.
The Bluejays faced five ranked opponents in the 2019 campaign, including the first three games of the season, as Creighton went 1-2-2 against the top-25.
The Bluejays are 29-28-12 all-time in road games against Top 25 opponents.
Creighton vs. # 1
Friday’s game against Indiana marks Creighton’s seventh game in program history against a team ranked No.1 in the ISAA / NSCAA / United Soccer Coaches poll.
The Bluejays are 0-5-1 in their previous six games against No.1-ranked teams at the time of the game. Creighton qualified for the 2010 Elite Eight after beating No.1 Akron 5-4 in PK following a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes.
Creighton vs. No.1 Ranked Teams
11/27/94 at # 1 Indiana L, 0-1
10/14/01 at # 1 SMU L, 2-4
11/18/01 vs # 1 SMU L, 1-2 (4OT)
10/27/10 at # 1 Akron L, 0-1
11/25/12 at # 1 Akron T, 1-1 (2OT) *
1/9/17 at # 1 Stanford L, 0-3
* Creighton advanced in NCAA tournament on PKs
Across the Creighton sports landscape, the last time the Bluejays beat a No.1 ranked team in any sport was April 24, 2001. That night, the Creighton baseball team played. defeated the Nebraska No.1 baseball team in Lincoln, with an 11-8 victory in 10 innings at Buck Beltzer Field.
Mark the success of the first yields
The team that scored first in each of Creighton’s last 15 games has proceeded to win.
The Bluejays fell 2-0 behind Tulsa on Thursday night before losing 2-1 and were shut out in Saint Louis, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon.
Creighton finished 6-0 in the 2020 season when he scored first, but 0-6 when his opponent scored first.
The Head Coach Johnny torres is 11-1-1 when he scored first during his tenure at Creighton, but only 3-14-1 when the opposition finds the back of the net first.
Additionally, the Bluejays went 3-0 when leading at halftime, 0-3 when down after 45 minutes and 3-3 when the score was tied at halftime last season.
Creighton’s last victory came in the 2019 Regular Season Finals against Butler (November 2).
The Bluejays’ last halftime victory came on September 24, 2019 against Tulsa as Creighton trailed 1-0 at halftime before winning 4-3 in overtime.
Since Torres took over ahead of the 2019 season, the Bluejays have only one win (above) after coming down at halftime.
The defense of the Bluejays tested
Creighton made a total of nine saves in the cover lift against Tulsa on August 26.
Senior goalkeeper Paul Kruse made eight saves, while the senior defender Moussa Qongo contributed to a team stoppage during the first half of the action.
The nine saves were Creighton’s most important since a neutral venue contest last season against Missouri State (March 10, 2021) when the Bluejays also had nine.
The last time the Bluejays recorded double-digit saves was in the 2019 regular season final in Georgetown (10 saves). Kruse made nine career-high saves in that competition, while Creighton also recorded one team save.
Prior to the 10 saves against the Hoyas on November 6, 2019, the last time Creighton needed to make double-digit saves was September 14, 2012 against Old Dominion (10).