Creighton’s soccer team expects to be closer to full strength Saturday when the Bluejays face Marquette in a battle for first place in the Big East.
Coach Elmar Bolowich said Friday that his son Alex will start in goal after missing the three previous matches with Achilles tendinitis. In addition, forward Zabarle Kollie could see more playing time after missing three of the past four matches.
He played 18 minutes in the Oct. 5 win against Xavier, providing some much needed help at a position where the Bluejays have lost senior Sean Kim to a knee injury for the season and freshman Fabian Herbers to an ankle injury.
Herbers sustained the injury in the Oct. 2 loss to Saint Louis. He will not play against Marquette, but coach Bolowich said he could possibly return for Tuesday’s match at Michigan.
Alex Bolowich started the season’s first seven matches, helping Creighton go 5-1-1, before the tendinitis problem sidelined him. Connor Sparrow went 1-1-1 in replacing Bolowich the past three games.
Seventh-ranked Creighton (6-2-2) heads into Saturday’s match at Marquette tied for second place in the conference with a 2-0-1 record and seven points. Marquette leads the league with nine points, having improved to 3-0 with Wednesday’s 3-2, double-overtime victory over No. 21 Butler. The Golden Eagles are 7-3-1 overall and have posted shutouts in four of their previous seven matches.