The Creighton women’s soccer team ended a hard-fought match against No. 25 Georgetown in a 1-1 draw last Thursday in the Big East opener, before falling to Providence 2-1 in overtime Sunday.
The Bluejays came out swinging against Georgetown as they took the lead in the third minute of the game, thanks to sophomore midfielder Abigail Santana’s shot over the defenders and out of reach of the Hoya’s goalkeeper.
Creighton held the lead for the rest of the first half, holding off the relentless ranked Georgetown.
“The thing I’m really proud about the team is that they did stick to their defending principles and it was really hard to get clearcut chances against us,” coach Ross Paule said.
Reducing clear-cut chances and shots altogether is something the team has done well all season, as was shown in their record-breaking streak of minutes without allowing a shot earlier this season.
However, shortly into the second half, in the 59th minute junior defender Gabby Grimaldi attempted to redirect a Hoya shot, but sent it back toward the net, knotting the game at one.
The two teams battled it out for the next 50 minutes across two overtimes, with neither team able to score upon the other.
“If I just look at the overall big picture of it, it’s a very good result against a very good team,” Paule said.
Three days later on Sunday, the Bluejays squared up against Providence in Rhode Island for their first Big East road match of the season.
It was another tightly contested match, as both teams were unable to score in the first 90 minutes of regulation.
The match had a little extra heat to it as a Providence coach was cautioned with a yellow card for misconduct with four minutes remaining in the game.
Junior goalkeeper Keelan Terrell contributed greatly to holding off the Friars with a total of four saves on 13 Providence shots.
She continued her performance into overtime with a stunning stop in the 93rd minute of the game against the Friar’s leading scorer, Meg Hughes.
However, around 30 seconds later as the Friar attack continued on, Providence’s Kyla Gallagher scored the golden goal, sending the Jays home without any points.
The Creighton women’s soccer team displayed their exceptional ability to counter their opponents’ drives and steadfast determination against well-ranked teams.
The Jays continue with a pair of Big East road matches at Villanova Sunday Oct. 10, and at UConn Thursday Oct. 14.