Creighton men’s soccer won its fourth straight match this past weekend with a 1-0 victory over Villanova at Morrison Stadium.
This marked the Bluejays’ second Big East conference win.
An early goal during the ninth minute of the game proved to be enough to win the match for the Jays.
This win saw Creighton improve to a record of 6-2-1 overall, with 2-0 record in conference play, while Villanova dropped to 5-3- 1 overall, with a 0-1-1 conference record.
Creighton was quick off the mark to start the first half, starting with a long ball over the top that was cut out by Villanova.
This aggressive start by the Bluejays continued as they sent the ball wide and played it into the box, leading to sophomore midfielder Charles Auguste’s second goal of the season.
The goal came after senior midfielder Yudai Tashiro sent a ball to junior midfielder Musa Qongo on the edge of the box.
A low cross by Qongo and a deflection by a Wildcat defender ultimately gave Augustehis shot on goal.
At the end of the first half, Creighton had rattled off six shots compared to Villanova’s two. Five of these shots sailed wide of the goal, while one found the back of the net.
Senior goalkeeper Collin Valdivia recorded one save off Villanova’s two first half shots.
A physical tackle from a Villanova defender led to a red card in the 50th minute and forced the Wildcats to play a man down for the remainder of the match.
The Jays controlled the ball for most of the second half, managing to get seven shots off in the first 20 minutes.
As the final whistle sounded, Creighton lead the Wildcats 17-13 in total shots.
A strong performance by the Jays defense meant Valdivia only had to make one save to the Wildcats’ three.
he Bluejays’ next match, a nonconference contest against Green Bay, was cancelled because of storms.
After a week off, Creighton will return to Big East play with a match against Seton Hall.