While not officially a member of its new conference yet, Creighton got an early taste of Big East soccer in its spring exhibition match against future conference foe Marquette at the annual Kicks For a Cure event at Morrison Stadium.
And if the Bluejays are going to make a run at the College Cup like they have done the last two seasons, this exhibition season has proven that Creighton has a lot of work to do in rebuilding its offense and learning how to finish opportunities.
Marquette scored goals in the 37th and 63rd minutes and held off a persistent second-half Bluejay attack as the Golden Eagles downed Creighton 2-0.
Creighton coach Elmar Bolowich said his team’s play against Marquette was consistent in the way it has played so far in a spring schedule.
“It was not anything new,” said Bolowich, whose team has a 1-2-0 record this spring. “We are struggling to score goals.
“We leave too many chances. We squander our opportunities. The final pass is not the right one sometimes, and so we stall out.”
Bolowich said Marquette will not be a team to take lightly in the Jays’ new conference.
The Golden Eagles were 16-4-1 last season and lost in the Big East tournament semifinals to eventual national runner-up Georgetown before falling to Northwestern 1-0 in the NCAA tournament.
“They have a very good program,” Bolowich said. “They play actually a nice game, and I’m looking forward to playing them especially in the fall.”
“That’s a team that can attract a crowd because of the way they play, and in the fall we will be a different team.”
Marquette got on the board with 7:19 remaining in the first half when Kelmend Islami ripped a right-footed shot past goalie Alex Bolowich.
After getting outshot 11-5 in the first half, the Bluejays began to pressure the Marquette defense from the outset in the second half.
But the Golden Eagles were able to withstand the Bluejay attack and eventually turned a counterattack into a goal when Charlie Hoover beat Bolowich in the 63rd minute.
The Jays were able to tilt the field in their favor as they outshot Marquette 10-4 in the second half, but couldn’t convert chances into goals or even shots on goal.
Just three of CU’s 15 shots were on goal in the match while the Golden Eagles were able to put eight of their 14 shots on net.
Alex Bolowich played the entire game in goal for the Bluejays and made six saves.
Kicks For A Cure’s Steve Lindsay presented David Karnes, on behalf of Liz’s Legacy, a check for $310,665 at halftime of the Creighton women’s match against Western Illinois, a 4-2 Bluejay win.
Liz’s Legacy, started by the Karnes family in memory of the late Dr. Liz Karnes, is directed toward research projects at the UNMC and Creighton University Cancer Centers.
The event, in its eighth year, has raised $1,435,665 since its inception.
Creighton concludes its spring exhibition schedule next Saturday against New Mexico in Denver.
Marquette ........................... 1 1—2
At Creighton ........................... 0 0—0
Goals: 1, MU, Kelmend Islami (unassisted) 36:41. 2, MU, Charlie Hoover (unasssisted) 62:31. Shots: MU 14, CU 15. Shots on goal: MU 8, CU 3. Saves: MU, Charlie Lyon 3; CU, Alex Bolowich 6.
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