Creighton, Drake Win MVC Openers - Oct. 11
The Valley’s two ranked teams claimed conference-opening 3-2 wins in thrilling fashion, as Creighton received a goal in the 90th minute from Andrei Gotsmanov to top visiting Evansville, which had rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the match in the 81st minute, and Drake broke a two-all tie with Missouri State in the 84th minute on a free kick goal from Ryan Moylan.
Creighton 3, Evansville 2
#2 CU (9-1-1, 1-0-0 MVC); UE (7-4-1, 0-1-0 MVC)
OMAHA, Neb. - Andrei Gotsmanov scored a pair of second-half goals, including the game-winner with 51 seconds left, to lead the third-ranked Creighton men's soccer team to a 3-2 win over Evansville on Saturday night at Morrison Stadium. The crowd of 3,192 on Radio Lobo Family Night was Creighton's largest crowd ever for a conference home match.
Creighton improved to 9-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Evansville is now 7-4-1 and 0-1-0 in league action.
Byron Dacy opened the night's scoring with a goal exactly 31 minutes into play. The Hermann Trophy candidate took a cross from Kris Clark and headed it past UE keeper Alec Duffy. Clark created the scoring chance with some nifty moves around the UE defense and chipped his crossing pass perfectly for Dacy to bury his second goal of the season.
The Jays led 1-0 at the half, out-shooting the high-powered UE offense 9-5.
In the second half, the Bluejays took a two-goal lead in the 58th minute. Tucker Sindlinger sent a lead pass to Dacy, who earned his third assist of the year when he fed Gotsmanov's first goal of the match at 57:20.
However, the most dangerous lead in soccer would not hold up thanks to the heroics of UE's Tyler Crawford. Crawford scored in the 74th minute off Tom Irvin's league-leading eighth assist.
Crawford also scored with 9:08 to play to even the match at 2-2. Duffy launched a long goal kick that Irvin would head to Crawford. Crawford again found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the year and second of the night.
The Jays won the match in the final minute with the help of an Evansville defensive miscue. Reggie Edu's attempt to break up a play failed as the ball found its way between his legs and Sindlinger found himself out wide of the 18-yard box. Sindlinger sent a short pass to Gotsmanov, who gathered the ball and slid it past Dufty with 51 seconds remaining on the clock for this team-leading sixth goal of the season.
The Jays would out-shoot one of the top offenses in the league and NCAA, 19-9 in the match and had nine corner kicks to none by the Aces. The Bluejays tied their season-high with 10 shots on goal.
Brian Holt's shutout streak ended at 722:12, the longest goalkeeper streak in school history by 160 minutes.
Creighton plays its next two conference contests on the road, as the Bluejays travel to Bradley next Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Drake 3, Missouri State 2
#24 DU (9-2-0, 1-0-0 MVC); MSU (3-7-3, 0-1-0 MVC)
DES MOINES, IOWA -- Ryan Moylan's (Wauwatosa, Wis.) free kick from the right wing in the 83rd minute powered the Drake men's soccer team to a 3-2 home victory past Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams Saturday night.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 24 in the latest Soccer Times poll, improved their record to 9-2 to equal their entire 2007 victory output.
Missouri State slipped to 3-7-3.
Drake jumped to a 2-0 lead in an eight-minute span on goals by junior Julien Edwards (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) and junior Garrett Webb (Prairie Village, Kan.).
Edwards' goal from six yards out on the left wing came on a feed by Webb at the 15:37 mark.
Drake had been idle since dropping a 4-3 match at UMKC Sept. 30 when it squandered a 2-0 lead.
Webb pushed the score to 2-0 off an assist by Moylan and junior Luke Gorczyca (Overland Park, Kan.) at 23:38.
It marked Drake's first home match since Aug. 31. The Bulldogs had played their last eight matches on the road.
Missouri State tied the match at 2-2 on a goal by David Buckenheimer at 69:06.
Drake outshot Missouri State, 10-7, with sophomore Matt Kuhn (Raytown, Mo.) leading the attack with three shots. Moyland and freshman Hunter Kennedy (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) had two shots.
Drake will entertain Western Illinois Tuesday.
Loyola (Chi.) 3, Bradley 0
CHICAGO, Ill. After Bradley and Loyola played a scoreless first half, the host Ramblers netted three goals in a nine-minute span midway through the second half to defeat the Braves, 3-0, Saturday night at Loyola Soccer Park in Chicago, Ill. Loyola’s Mark Halma scored the game-winning goal on a header in the 67th minute.
Halma’s tally was his second of the season, a header past Bradley sophomore goalkeeper Drew Van Kampen (Naperville, Ill./ Waubonsie Valley H.S.) off a cross from Will Martin. Halma needed only seven minutes to score his second goal of the game, another strike off a cross that gave the hosts a quick 2-0 lead. The Ramblers took advantage of a breakway when Erik Warren’s cross from the right side was put home by Halma.
The Ramblers tacked on more insurance just 93 seconds later on a goal from Alex Jones. Josh Westberg provided the assist, a cross from the left side on another Loyola breakaway.
Van Kampen allowed a season-high three goals in the loss, but did make four saves to bump his season total to 36.
The Ramblers outshot the Braves 19-11, but both teams put seven shots on goal. Bradley junior forward Chris Cutshaw (Carmel, Ind./Carmel H.S.) put a team-high three shots on goal. Loyola goalkeeper Brian Byrne turned aside all seven Bradley shots on goal for his sixth shutout of the season.
The Braves used 19 players in the loss. Junior defender Travis English (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills H.S.) played the full 90 minutes, the 10th time this season he’s played the entire game for the Braves. Only Van Kampen has played more minutes this season.
The loss keeps Bradley’s all-time win total at 199. Four of Bradley’s next five matches will be at Shea Stadium. The Braves will