The Creighton Bluejays opened their home schedule in the Missouri Valley Conference with potentially its most challenging opponent, the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) cougars. SIUE came out with a solid team and pressured the Bluejays. The game went back and forth with both the Bluejays and the cougars getting strong spells of possession resulting in scoring opportunities. The game followed many of the Bluejays this season. The Jays got numerous opportunities, including 23 shots, but were just unable to get any to go in the net. At half the score was tied at 0-0.
Creighton played freshman and new comers to the team in the back line and goal, trying to find strong combinations. “We are actually very young in the back,” coach Elmar Bolowich said, “but the players are doing the job.” As the second half wore on, the Jays did do their job and kept the Cougars on their heels while continuing offensive possession and pressure. The game went into overtime, still knotted at 0-0.
The first ten minutes of overtime followed just as regulation with opportunities, but no goals. Finally in the 106th minute of play, Creighton scored to win the game. The Bluejay’s sophomore midfielder, Jose Ribas, played a perfect cross into the penalty to senior Captain, Andrew Ribero, who headed past the SUIE goalkeeper for the win.
Creighton celebrated and a dejected SIUE team headed back to St. Louis with a tough loss. The final score was Creighton 1-0 SIUE.