Men’s soccer traveled across town Saturday, suffering a 3-0 loss to rival UNO. The loss pushed the Jays to a 1-1 record on the season.
“From our side of it, we definitely didn’t make it look like a rivalry; in a rivalry there’s a lot more of a competitive nature and I thought we lacked that today,” coach Johnny Torres said after the final whistle.
UNO came strong out of the gates.
The Mavericks scored twice on their first two chances in the first eight minutes of the match as junior goalkeeper Paul Kruse made his first start of the season.
The first goal came in the sixth minute as a Bluejays defensive mishap led to a simple score for UNO’s Ed Port.
The second goal followed a couple minutes later after a long through ball was tucked into the corner by Maverick forward Hugo Kametani.
In similar fashion to the second goal, Kametani finished another through pass that had threaded through the Creighton defense in the 22nd minute for his second goal of the day to put his team up 3-0.
“At the start, we didn’t come in as we should have. We didn’t come in as a team, we didn’t fight and when we had to match their intensity; we fell short,” junior midfielder Danny Espeleta said.
Their frustration showed. Aggressive challenges, shoves and chirps were made against their rivals. This resulted in a yellow card for junior midfielder Callum Watson.
The Bluejays showed some life before the close of the first half, forcing saves out of UNO keeper Jeremy Pollard on a free-kick attempt and an acrobatic bicycle kick.
The second half was an uphill battle for the Bluejays. They were on the attack for the majority of the second 45, accumulating chance after chance in an attempt to get one back.
While Creighton tallied six shots in the half, none found the back of the net.
The Bluejays came close twice in the final minutes as one shot hit the post in the 65th minute. In addition, a would-be goal was called back by the referees for offside in the 87th minute.
“I thought we came out and did a little better in the second half. We showed a little about what we’re made of, although nothing to show for it,” Torres said.
The Bluejays get back to the turf Saturday where they’ll look for their second Big East victory as they host Xavier in CU’s home opener at Morrison Field.