Kirstyn Corder has scored goals about every way you can for the Creighton soccer team.
Left foot, right foot, with her head. Some from long range.
“That to me is the sign of a very good goal scorer,” coach Bruce Erickson said. “She’s a great shooter. She’s getting it done.”
The sophomore midfielder leads the Bluejays with seven goals, including four game-winners.
She delivered two of those on the road last week as CU beat Providence 3-2 and Seton Hall 1-0, helping the sophomore earn the first Big East offensive player of the week award for the Bluejays. She’ll try again Saturday in a 7 p.m. match against DePaul (8-2-2, 2-1-1) at Morrison Stadium.
Corder said there’s no secret to her success. She praised her defense, and said she just takes lots of shots.
“It’s just being aware of your opportunities,” she said. “If you don’t take a shot, there is no way you are going to score.”
Corder, who goes by the nickname “Q” because her name sounds like “quarter,” has helped spark an offense that scored 18 goals last year. Creighton (9-3-1, 2-1-1) already has 32 this season, with 13 players notching at least one goal.
That takes the pressure off Corder, who doesn’t feel she has to score with so many people taking shots. Not that scoring is a problem.
Corder had 41 goals as a senior at Olathe East (Kan.) High School, which was No. 1 in the nation after going 21-0.
She decided to go to New Hampshire to study marine biology or prepare for veterinary school. She led the Wildcats with 13 points on five goals and three assists and was named to the America East all-rookie team.
After a semester, Corder decided to switch her focus to dentistry and play closer to home. Creighton had been interested before she picked New Hampshire, and she knew CU sophomore midfielder Alissa Kohmetscher from club soccer. So she visited Omaha.
“I loved it. It was like home,” she said. “I love the field and stadium. I’m blessed to play here.”
Erickson is thrilled, too. He said Corder isn’t lightning-quick, but she’s good with the ball at her feet.
“She’s scored some awfully big goals for us,” he said. “She just has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.”
Corder didn’t know what to expect playing in the much tougher Big East. She just figured if she worked hard, she’d be successful. She likes that her teammates have the same attitude.
Even at 6 a.m. practices, everyone is energetic and ready to have fun.
“It makes it worth it to be here,” she said. “It’s the closest-knit team I’ve ever been on. We love each other and want to win for each other.”
Though scoring has become natural, Corder said passing is the best part of her game. She has good field vision and likes being creative in getting balls through the defense.
She aims for at least five shots a game, but she has no problem passing to a teammate who’s in a better spot. Crosses have been working well.
That’s what happened when she scored the winner against Seton Hall. She got a perfect cross from junior Madelyn Buckner.
“All I had to do is redirect the ball right in the corner,” she said. “Those are the best type of finishes when you have a great setup.”