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Freshman midfielder Abigail Santana celebrates a brace in the 3-0 win at Morrison. Santana’s performance merited her Big East Freshman of the week honors.

Women’s soccer shutout visiting South Dakota State Sunday at Morrison Stadium in a dominant 3-0 contest.

The Bluejay defense and this week’s Big East Defender of the Week, junior Jordy Rothwell, continued their excellent technique, only allowing five shots and posting their third straight shutout.

An SDSU shot just before the half broke the Jays’ run of over 155 minutes without allowing a shot, going back two games to the Aug. 29 shutout of Oral Roberts.

The Jays tied the University of South Dakota 0-0 after two overtimes last Thursday, despite outshooting the Coyotes 29-0.

On Sunday it took 48 minutes for the Jays to finally end their own scoring drought, after freshman midfielder Abigail Santana tucked away a strike into the left corner.

“We broke through finally with getting multiple opportunities, and ended up putting the ball in the back of the net,” coach Ross Paule said.

Junior forward Renee Pountney padded the lead in the 73rd minute in similar fashion to Santana’s goal, becoming Pountney’s first collegiate goal as a Bluejay.

Santana scored her second goal of the game in the 89th minute on a counterattack, assist- ed by senior midfielder Ansley Atkinson, also her second of the game, giving the Bluejays a 3-0 lead and further securing the victory.

Atkinson has been a powerful playmaker for the Bluejays so far this season as she has been able to assist a Big East-leading six goals in the first six games, contributing to over half of the Jays’ goals on the season.

“She is one of those players that is on form with finding the players and the right way to pass, and is creative with her passing,” Paule said.

Santana leads the squad with four goals on the young season, and her brace Sunday merited her a spot on the Big East Honor Roll for the week.

Creighton finished with 21 shots throughout the duration of the contest, of which only eight were on goal.

“We need to be better and more efficient with the chances that we get,” Paule said.

Utilizing and scoring on the offensive opportunities they are rewarded will be a major area of emphasis for the team going forward.

The Jays are back on the road as they go to Kansas City to play UMKC Sunday before concluding their non-conference portion of the season’s schedule with a matchup at Iowa State on Thursday, Sep. 16.

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