Creighton men’s soccer’s three second-half goals Wednesday gave the Bluejays the edge over Xavier for its fourth conference win of the season.

Now 4-4 overall and 4-2 in conference, the win over the Musketeers was the fourth conference game in a row, a stretch that started with a loss to Depaul but followed with a rebound 4-2 victory over Butler.

“We only had five goals on the season coming into today, so to get four was very exciting to see,” coach Johnny Torres said of the victory over the Blue Demons.

One of the four goals was scored by Omaha native and freshman forward Duncan McGuire, his first in a Creighton uniform.

“This is something I have wanted for a very long time. Hopefully it is the first of many,” McGuire said.

The Jays followed the offensive power with a tough 2-1 overtime loss to Marquette on Saturday, but Torres said the loss still exposed encouraging trends.

“I am extremely proud of our group,” he said. “We played a man down for 85 minutes and with all that we still did enough to win and stay competitive against a really good Marquette team.”

This set the stage for Wednesday’s game where various players contributing to the win. Junior midfielder Daniel Espeleta scored his first career goal in the 58th minute, while both McGuire and senior midfielder Musa Qongo added their second goals of the season.

Freshman goalkeeper Nathan Schnur also recorded his first career shutout on the defensive side.

The team will be back in action Monday at home against Kansas City. 

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