The Creighton men’s soccer team fell to St. John’s in Queens, New York, on Friday, its first Big East road contest of the season.
Creighton was looking to bounce back after dropping its Big East opener to the No.1 team in the country, Georgetown, 2-1 at home.
Creighton came into the game hoping to be effective offensively with the opportunities they were rewarded in the game after only being able to capitalize on six out of their 72 shot opportunities through their first five games.
“I hope for the team to be attacking often, getting lots of numbers, and creating traffic in opponents’ boxes in order to capitalize on opportunities,” coach Johnny Torres said.
The first half saw St. John’s lead Creighton in shots 6-4, but neither team was able to put the ball in the back of the net. Both teams went into the locker room at half-time with the scoreboard reading zeros.
In the second half the Red Storm finally broke the deadlock in the 69th minute off an unassisted goal by Wesley Leggert.
St. John’s was able to build off that lead to a 2-0 advantage in the 78th minute after Atila Ashrafi scored off an Elinar Lye assist.
The result stayed the same for the next 12 minutes and the Jays were sent home with no points, a 0-2 Big East record, and a 1-4-1 cumulative record.
“I thought the team did a better job in the second half than in the first half keeping possession on a lively surface, and that the team did a good job keeping St. John’s at bay throughout the night,” Torres said.
Senior goalkeeper Paul Kruse had five saves throughout the match. The two goals allowed added to Kruse’s total of 11 on the season through the first six games, many of which the blame can be shifted onto the shaky defense in front of him.
Throughout the first six games of the season Creighton has been outscored 11-6.
“The team needs to improve on creating goal scoring opportunities for themselves, which will give them the opportunity to win a couple more games,” Torres said.
Creighton looks to improve its record as it plays yet another Big East road match Wednesday Oct. 6 at DePaul.