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Monday, August 21, 2006 | Men's Soccer
Creighton Wins Westfield Cup, Draws with No. 5 Clemson
Creighton won the Westfield Cup Sunday afternoon by defeating No. 5 Clemson 3-1 in penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation. No overtime was played in the men’s soccer exhibition match. Michael Kraus was named the Offensive Tournament MVP, while junior Matt Allen was tabbed the Defensive MVP at the preseason event for the eighth-ranked Bluejays.
The Bluejays fell behind 1-0 after knocking a ball into their own net in the 18th minute. Creighton evened the match with a converted penalty kick by senior Tyler Stansberry in the 41st minute. Stansberry was able to pound in the shot after freshman Jeff Thayer was taken down in the box.
The match went into half tied at one. Michael Brooks put the Tigers ahead again in the 65th minute. Clemson could hold the lead for only four minutes, as the Tigers returned the Bluejays a favor by putting a ball in the back of their own net in the 69th minute.
The contest was as even as its final 2-2 result would indicate, with the Jays owning a slight 6-5 edge in shots and both teams whistled for 17 fouls apiece.
“This tournament was four great teams here this weekend and I expect each of them can make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament this season,” said Creighton head coach Bob Warming. “Clemson was a very worthy opponent today and it was great for our guys to start of the year by playing teams of Akron and Clemson’s caliber.”
The exhibition format allowed the teams to forego an overtime procedure and skip to penalty kicks to determine a tournament champion where the Jays prevailed 3-1. Kraus, a senior and CU’s active career scoring leader, was honored as the Offensive MVP of the tournament, despite not registering a point. Allen was solid in goal for the Bluejays, stopping five shots in 90 minutes on Friday night before playing the first half in Sunday’s tilt. Peterson, a senior with one career regular-season goal, scored the game-winning goal for the Jays on Friday against No. 9 Akron, while redshirt freshman Chris Schuler was impressive in the back in his first appearance with the Bluejays.
“I was very pleased with the character of our team,” Warming stated. “Beating an Akron squad that hasn’t lost at home in two years and then coming from behind against Clemson twice today to get a result.”
The Jays wrapped up the exhibition season 1-0-1 and will now prepare for a difficult regular-season opening weekend at Notre Dame. The Bluejays open the year next Friday against No. 12 Indiana and then face the host 15th-ranked Fighting Irish next Sunday.
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