The Creighton men’s soccer team defeated the DePaul Blue Demons 4-3 at Morrison Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The high-scoring victory improved the Bluejays’ record to 5-2 in Big East play and 6-4 overall as the Jays near the end of the regular season.
Creighton took an early 1-0 lead when junior midfielder Keegan Boyd scored the match’s opening goal.
DePaul answered by scoring two straight goals, giving it a 2-1 advantage.
Soon after the Blue Demons second goal, senior forward Diego Gutierrez and junior midfielder Alejandro Maillet would each score goals giving Creighton the 3-2 lead at the end of the first half.
The game remained close into the second half.
DePaul scored a penalty kick goal to tie it at three a piece, but it came just before the game-winning goal from freshman forward and Big East freshman of the week Duncan McGuire.
Coach Johnny Torres was pleased with how the offense played in the high-scoring affair.
“Obviously anytime that you can get a victory is a good thing, I thought that we did some good things on the offensive side of the match,” he said.
Although the offense was impressive Torres says there is room to grow on defense going in to the postseason.
“Even though we were playing really well on the offensive side,” he said. “I think that defensively as a team there were some organization issues that led ultimately to Depaul’s two first goals.”
Senior forward Diego Gutierrez, a transfer from UNO, scored the penalty kick to tie it up at 2-2, said he is proud of his team’s progress as they’ve shown resiliency to move on from some early losses.
“As a team and we’ve gotten over some humps together as a team we’ve stuck with the game plan we’ve listened to our coaches and I think we’ve all and improved and that’s why we’ve been on kinda a roll lately with three wins in a row now,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez’s lone goal and two assists earned him the Big East’s offensive player of the week award.
The conference win earns the team a spot in the Big East tournament next week, but not before a road match against Butler on Saturday.