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Jays ranked second by coaches and first by three publications
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Jays ranked second by coaches and first by three publications

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With the regular season heading into its stretch run, Creighton’s soccer team finds itself owning some prime poll position.

The Bluejays on Tuesday moved into the No. 2 spot in the coaches’ Top 25 poll. Creighton used a road win over St. John’s and a tie at Xavier last week to jump from sixth to right behind Notre Dame.

It’s the 11-1-2 Bluejays who are No. 1 in the rankings compiled by Soccer America, TopDrawerSoccer and CollegeSoccerNews.

The No. 2 ranking in the coaches’ poll is the highest at this point in the season since 1993, when the Bluejays held the No. 1 spot for the final five weeks of the regular season. Creighton’s 2008 team was ranked third at this point and eventually made it to second before finishing the season ranked fifth.

Elmar Bolowich’s first Creighton team in 2011 was sixth at this point but moved up to second for the final five weeks of play before eventually winding up at No. 4.

Creighton’s four-spot promotion was part of a ratings shakeup following a week of upsets. Notre Dame jumped 10 spots to first in the rankings, while UCLA vaulted eight spots from 14th to sixth.

Washington dropped from first to fourth after losing to UCLA.

Creighton also moved into first in the Great Lakes Region poll, which is important in determining seeding for the NCAA tournament. Four Big East teams — Creighton will face three of them in the coming three weeks — fall in behind the Bluejays.

Xavier is second in the region, followed by Providence, Marquette and Georgetown.

The Bluejays kick off their toughest four-game stretch of the season with Saturday’s 7 p.m. home game against the No. 17 Hoyas. Creighton will then face No. 15 Marquette next Wednesday, and will close the regular season Nov. 7 with a home match against No. 23 Providence.

Sandwiched between the Marquette and Providence games will be a Nov. 1 road game at DePaul.

Creighton continues to lead the Big East with a 4-0-1 record.

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402-679-2298, steve.pivovar@owh.com, twitter.com/PivOWH

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