…and Now, for a bit of Footie Action.
Here we go Bluejays, here we go!
el futbol de los Azulejos con el objetivo
de ganar el Regional de la NCAA!
Creighton has reached its eighth NCAA quarterfinal appearance with a pair of home wins to improve to 13-0-0 at home this season. The Bluejays topped Northern Illinois 3-0 in the second round on Nov. 20, after earning a first round bye. Ethan Finlay scored twice in the shutout win, Creighton’s eighth straight clean sheet. The Jays then knocked off No. 15-seed UC Santa Barbara 2-1 last Sunday, scoring twice in the first 20 minutes and then holding off the NCAA’s third-ranked offense. Bruno Castro scored on a penalty kick in the eighth minute and Andrew Ribeiro cleaned up a corner kick in the 19th minute to provide the scoring.
The No. 2-ranked and No. 2-seeded Bluejays (20-2-0) play host to No. 12-ranked and No. 7-seeded South Florida (13-3-4) in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. The Bluejays and Bulls will kickoff at 1 pm at Morrison Stadium this Saturday. The winner will advance to next week’s College Cup in Hoover, Alabama.
The Bulls were ranked 12th in the final NSCAA poll and are the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament, after ending the season with an RPI of 9 … USF is appearing in its fifth straight NCAA Tournament and sixth in the last seven years … USF has lost just once since Sept. 16, a 1-0 loss to Villanova in the Big East Tournament on Nov. 6 … The Bulls won the Red Division of the Big East with an undefeated 7-0-2 mark, which included wins over nationally-ranked West Virginia, St. John’s and Louisville … USF has scored 36 goals on the season, but been shutout in three of its last four matches, including a scoreless draw with New Mexico in the third round (USF advanced 6-5 in a shootout) … Big East Offensive Player of the Year Dom Dwyer leads the team and ranks ninth in the NCAA with 16 goals and 34 points, while Leston Paul ranks a distant second on the team with four goals … Wesley Charpie leads USF with six assists and ranks second with 12 points … Chris Blais (0.86 GAA) has played every minute in goal for USF, with 69 saves, 18 goals allowed and eight shutouts this season.
The Bluejays are favored to win the match.
Creighton won the only previous meetings between the teams, 3-1, on Sept. 27, 1991 in a tournament hosted by Florida International in Miami.