Creighton's soccer team will try Saturday to build on the momentum of what might have been a season-saving victory against Butler.
The No. 22 Bluejays will play Seton Hall in a noon match at South Orange, N.J. Creighton is coming off a 3-2 win Wednesday that snapped a three-game skid and moved it into fifth place in the new Big East.
The Bluejays trailed the Bulldogs 1-0 before exploding for three goals in the final 45 minutes to snap a scoreless streak that had stretched almost 370 minutes.
“We couldn't get anything going in that first half, we're down 1-0 and you could almost see our season slipping away,” Creighton coach Elmar Bolowich said. “In some ways, that one almost turned into a playoff game.
“If we don't pull that one out, we would have been left wondering what's going to happen and if we were going to be able to make a move. I like the way we responded in the second half.”
Creighton tied the game on a goal by Christian Blandon, took the lead when Timo Pitter scored and added what proved to be the winning goal when Eric Miller scored late in the match.
“The way we scored was very encouraging,” Bolowich said. “We had some nice combination plays. We played with some energy and had some good execution.
“We were just more fired up in that second half.”
The win improved CU to 7-5-2 and 3-2-1 in the conference. Seton Hall, tied for seventh in the league, is 6-7-2 and 2-4.
Bolowich said it's important that his team has a good effort Saturday to follow up on what it accomplished against Butler.
“We made a small step in the right direction, but it's still about the bigger picture,” he said. “We have to come out and be the aggressor and prove that we are a worthy team.
“We still believe we're a team that can compete for a Big East title and a spot in the tournament. That's the bigger picture. That win the other night was good, but it won't mean much if we have another downer.”