Creighton women’s soccer dropped its two road games in Florida this week against Florida Gulf Coast and Florida Atlantic to cap off the road trip.
The Jays first lost to Florida Gulf Coast 2-1 on Friday night in Fort Meyers, a match that was a tale of two halves. Creighton made a strong push near the end of the game but couldn’t level the score.
The scoring opened in the 13th minute with a goal from senior forward Evdokia Popadinova. The Eagles continued to pressure the Bluejay defense for much of the first half, earning 10 total shots and forcing four saves from redshirt sophomore keeper Katie Sullivan. The Jays recorded just two shots in the opening half.
Despite putting on more pressure in the second half, Florida Gulf Coast once again broke through in the 65th minute as Louise Lillback hammered a shot to the top right from near the top of the box. Popadinova was once again involved, collecting an assist off the goal.
Despite giving up a goal, Creighton was largely in control for much of the second half. The Bluejays outshot the Eagles 7-3 and won five corner kicks in the half.
The Bluejays finally broke through in the 84th minute, as a lofted ball from sophomore midfielder Ansley Atkinson found the head of senior forward Ashleigh Cearlock.
After the goal, Creighton won two of their five corners in the half and had one shot but was unable to pull the game level.
The Jays next traveled to Boca Raton to take on Florida Atlantic on Sunday, losing 1-0 off a late corner kick converted by the Owls.
Senior midfielder Jessica Monteiro found the net off the last of the 11 corners earned by the Owls throughout the match, thanks to a pass from freshman defender Luisa Daikeler.
The headed effort that found the net by Monteiro was the straw that broke the camel’s back in a game where the Owls outshot the Bluejays 13-2.
Florida Atlantic had five shots on target to Creighton’s two and won the corner battle 11-4.
Redshirt freshman keeper Keelan Terrell had to make four saves, three of which came in a first half that was all Owls. The Jays were outshot 8-0 in the first half and conceded seven corners.
Both of Creighton’s best chances to score came in the second half, including a shot from freshman forward Skylar Heinrich that was parried off the crossbar.
Now at 6-3-0 on the season and back in Omaha, the Bluejays start Big East conference play Friday at Morrison Stadium against DePaul at 1 p.m. They’ll then travel to Cincinnati to take on Xavier on Thursday