No. 10 Creighton Defeats No. 24 Marquette 2-0
Oct. 29, 2014
Box Score (html) | Box Score (pdf) OMAHA, Nebraska - No. 10 Creighton University (12-2-2, 5-1-1 BIG EAST) cruised to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Marquette University (7-5-3, 1-2-4) men's soccer team Wednesday night in a pivotal league match at Morrison Stadium.
Ricardo Perez, who came off the bench as a first-half substitute, volleyed in the go-ahead tally in the 30th minute just as the Golden Eagles started to settle in and disrupt the Bluejays' rhythm.
Creighton's Timo Pitter dribbled down the right side of the 18-yard box along with two trailing attackers. Pitter's cross found Perez, who side-footed it past MU goalie Charlie Lyon from eight yards out to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
Pitter, a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, effectively put the game away when he added an insurance goal in the 79th minute following mounting pressure by the Jays as time ticked off the clock.
"They are a top-class team," Marquette head coach Louis Bennett said of Wednesday's opponent. "When you come here, you have to bring your `A' game. Some adjustments we made well, other adjustments we did not. The biggest difference and disparity was in final-third production, and the opportunities we did have were not as clean as we would have liked."
MU's lone shot on goal didn't come until there were five minutes gone in the second half and was more of a low cross by Jake Taylor that was scooped up by Jays' keeper Connor Sparrow for his only save of the night.
The clean sheet gave Sparrow his league-leading ninth clean sheet of the season, while the Golden Eagles are now winless in their last five outings.
With two games left in the regular season, the defending BIG EAST champion Golden Eagles are in need of points in order to secure its sixth-straight postseason berth.
Creighton moves into sole possession of second place in the BIG EAST Conference table after Xavier fell 1-0 in overtime Wednesday at Georgetown. The win put the Hoyas in fourth place, just two point points clear of fifth-place Villanova.
Marquette, which currently remains in the sixth and final conference tournament slot with six points in league play, flies to New Jersey tomorrow to begin preparations for its next match Saturday, Nov. 1 at Seton Hall (4-7-4, 1-4-2).
The Pirates would jump ahead of the Golden Eagles in the standings with a result Saturday.
"The nature of the BIG EAST is you have to bring your best game, every game," Bennett said. "It's a very competitive league and we were on the wrong side of a few close results. Still, it's a loss, and it hurts. But we are still in the thick of some things. Our job as a coaching staff is to get us ready for Seton Hall."
MU Starters: Lyon; Taylor, Sjoberg, Pothast, Hermsen; Wahl, Trude, Bennett II; Navarro, Nortey, Selvaggi; Subs: Alberts, Szczepanek, McBride, Jansson
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