Men’s football welcomes UNO and UIC for a pair of non-conference home games


Wednesday September 29 | UNO (2-3-1) at Creighton (1-4-1) | Omaha, Neb. | Morrison Stadium | 7:00 p.m.

Saturday October 2 | UIC in Creighton | Omaha, Neb. | Morrison Stadium | 7:00 p.m.

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Creighton is leaving the BIG EAST game and hosting a pair of non-conference matches.

Follow the match
Both matches will feature live video and live statistics.

Live video of the contest will be available on FloSports while live statistics will be presented via StatBroadcast.

A subscription is required to view the event on FloSports.

In addition, a Spanish radio show on La Nueva is scheduled for Wednesday’s game. The show can be found online or on 99.5 FM and 1020 AM in the Omaha area.

Links to video, live stats and live audio (Spanish) will be provided on the Creighton Men’s Soccer schedule page.

Updates will be provided during the game on Twitter (@CreightonMSOC).

Scouting Creighton (1-4-1)
After a 2-0 loss on Friday in St. John’s, the Bluejays return to Omaha for a pair of non-conference home games.

Creighton is 1-2-1 in September with his only victory at # 1 Indiana, 3-0.

Senior goalkeeper Paul Kruse leads BIG EAST with 4.83 saves per game (29 in 6 games).

Kruse made eight saves – one of his career high – in the season opener (Aug.26) against Tulsa before having to make seven saves on Aug.29 in Saint Louis. He also scored five against the top-ranked Hoyas in the Bluejays’ final home game on September 18.

First-year student Manu Toledano and senior Diego Gutierrez each have two goals to lead Creighton, while Charles Augustus and Dominique briggs have one goal per play while the Bluejays have just six goals in six games.

Briggs and Auguste each punctuate the team with two assists.

Gutierrez led the Bluejays last season with 16 points from five goals and six assists en route to the BIG EAST Player of the Year award for the 2020 season (ended spring 2021). He was also named the BIG EAST preseason player of the year for that season.

The Head Coach Johnny torres is in his third year at the helm of the Bluejays after spending 12 years as an assistant coach.

UN Scouting (2-3-1)
The Mavericks enter Wednesday’s game with wins in their last two games.

UNO won a 1-0 overtime victory on September 12 against CSUN for their first win of the season and took a 1-0 victory on September 20 against Midland.

The Mavs have only scored three goals this season but have allowed just four in their opening six games of the season.

Malik elmi pace the team with two goals, while Ed Port also found the back of the net.

Three different goalies have at least one start this season. Senior Jeremy Pollard allowed one goal in three starts, second year Lute Lilllo Portero has a goals against average of 1.50 in two starts (3 goals against) and rookie Nathanael Sallah got the start against Midland and got a shutout.

The Mavericks average 11.0 shots per game and limit the opposition to just 9.0 shots per game.

The Head Coach Bob Warming Up is in his fourth season at the helm of the UN. He has 481 career victories (44th year), including 190 from two separate stints with Creighton.

History of the series against the Mavericks
Creighton is 6-4-1 all-time against UNO, including 2-1-1 since 2016 as Division I opponents.

The Bluejays are 1-0-1 against the Mavericks at Morrison Stadium, which includes a 2-1 win in 2019.

UNO won a 3-0 victory last season at Caniglia Field.

Creighton-UNO connections
Below are some of the connections between the Bluejays and the Mavericks.
– Only four miles apart, the Bluejays and Mavericks are the only Division I men’s soccer programs in the state of Nebraska.
-United Head Coach Bob Warming Up is Creighton’s most successful coach with 190 wins.
– Head Coach of Creighton Johnny torres spent three seasons (2007-09) as an assistant coach for Bob Warming Up and performed for Warming in 1994.
– Assistant Coach Bluejay Michael gabb played for Warming from 2001-02.
– Maverick assistant coach Tim bohnenkamp played in Creighton and for Warming from 2004 to 2007.
-Creighton Diego Gutierrez played 44 games (37 starts) with the Mavericks for three seasons before being transferred to the Bluejays program before fall 2020.

UIC Scouting (4-2-2)
The Flames start the week with three straight shutout wins.

Younès Dayekh leads the UIC’s offensive attack with seven points from three goals and an assist, while Bukola Abdulwahab second on the team with six points (two goals, two assists). Eight different players have scored at least one goal and nine individuals have at least one assist.

Andres Vasquez have started all eight appearances this season as a UIC goalkeeper and have a 0.83 goals-against average, including five shutouts.

The Head Coach Sean phillips is in his 12th season as head coach of the Flames and 17th overall on the UIC staff.

History of the Against the Flames series
UIC leads the all-time series against Creighton, 2-1-0.

The Bluejays won a 3-1 victory in the last meeting between the two schools in 2014.

Saturday will mark the fourth time the two programs meet at Morrison Stadium.

Creighton’s Assistant Ian sarachanThe history of UIC
Assistant Coach Bluejay Ian sarachan played for the Flames from 2006-2009 and helped the team compete in three NCAA tournaments, including the 2007 Elite Eight.

Sarachan converted the game-winning goal in UIC’s victory over Creighton at Morrison Stadium in the Sweet 16 of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

Morrison Fortress
Creighton is 147-31-21 at Morrison Stadium (opened 2003), which is 0-2-0 this season and 4-1-0 last season.

This season marks the first time Creighton has lost a consecutive game at Morrison Stadium in the same season.

The Bluejays are 25-2-3 in their next home game after a home loss to Morrison, including a 0-1-0 this season.

The Bluejays are 65-16-8 at Morrison Stadium since early 2013 when the program joined BIG EAST and 26-8-2 in home league games.

Creighton has never lost more than three games in the same season to Morrison – previously in 2007 and 2019.

Creighton Soccer goes green
Led by Creighton’s sophomore year of women’s soccer Emma Yackley, Creighton’s men’s and women’s soccer programs will host the Green Games on Thursday, September 30 (women vs. Marquette at 7 p.m.) and Saturday, October 2 (men vs. UIC at 7 p.m.).

Both matches will be carbon neutral and zero waste, which means that the electricity consumed during the matches will be offset by credits purchased by a sponsor (FCC) and all concessions will be composted or recycled.

Bins will be set up to collect lightly used sports equipment and equipment. These items will be donated to CUES, an organization representing three diverse and low-income Catholic elementary schools in Omaha.

In addition, these games will host a “green” club fair spread over the two events.

The purpose of these games is to promote a sustainable culture in Creighton and within our community, as well as to educate participants on environmental stewardship.

Mark the success of the first yields
The team that scored the first goal in 18 of Creighton’s last 19 games were victorious (the only exception was the 1-1 (2OT) draw against Ohio State on September 6).

The Bluejays are 1-0 this season when they score first and 0-4-1 when the opposition finds the back of the net first.

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 12-1-1 when he scored first during his tenure at Creighton, but only 3-16-2 when the opposition finds the back of the net first.

Additionally, the Bluejays are 1-0 when leading at halftime this season, but 0-4-1 when down or tied at halftime.

Creighton’s last victory came in the 2019 regular season finale against Butler.

The Bluejays’ last halftime victory came on September 24, 2019 against Tulsa as Creighton fell 1-0 at halftime before winning 4-3 in overtime.

Since Torres took over ahead of the 2019 season, the Bluejays have won just one win after falling behind at halftime (1-8-2).


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