The Bluejays men’s soccer team was undefeated on the weekend headlined by an upset of hosts and No. 1 nationally ranked Indiana 3-0 last Friday.
The historic win was Creighton’s first over a No. 1 ranked team in program history and Creighton Athletics’ first in 20 years since baseball defeated Nebraska in extra innings in 2001.
The Bluejays began the season 0-2 after a very difficult first week, but the Jays bounced back in the right direction in the best way imaginable.
“I’m extremely proud of the group for bouncing back after a pretty horrible week for us,” Coach Johnny Torres said. “To be able to do it at a place like Indiana is that much more special.”
Friday marked the first regular season match the Hoosiers have lost on their home turf since Oct. 10, 2015.
Senior forward Diego Gutierrez scored an unassisted goal a minute into the match, giving the Bluejays an early lead.
Just before half, senior midfielder Charles Auguste netted a shot from outside the box, padding the team’s lead before the second half.
“Our main focus coming out in the second half was to make sure that our mentality was right and not to rely on the two-goal lead but continue to defend forward and play in their half,” Torres said.
The Jays certainly didn’t park the bus in the last 45, as they outshot the Hoosiers 11-1 in the second half.
One of those Bluejay shots found the back of the net as junior midfielder Dominic Briggs scored off an Auguste assist which gave the Bluejays the 3-0 lead in the 79th minute.
“I think the guys gained some belief back today and they see how good they can be,” Torres said.
Auguste’s three points and presence in the midfield in the upset merited him Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Senior goalkeeper Paul Kruse secured a deserved first shutout of the season in the upset, earning him Big East Goalkeeper of The Week and a spot on the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week.
The Jays capped off the IU Credit Union/ Adidas Classic with a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Ohio State Monday.
The Buckeyes scored the first goal of the game in the 31st minute, but Creighton’s freshman forward Manu Toledano scored a goal in the early minutes of the second half, tying the game up.
Neither team proceeded to score through the next 53 minutes of both regular time nor the two overtimes.
The Jays defense shined again, only allow- ing two shots on goal in the contest, a promising turnaround from shaky performances to begin the season.
The Bluejays (1-2-1) return home and will look to build off their momentum on Saturday Sep. 18 against the new No. 1 Georgetown Hoyas in a Socctoberfest showdown.