Creighton women’s soccer has experienced a mixed bag of results lately through its Big East schedule, going 2-2-1 over their its five games.
The results moved the women to the middle of the pack in the Big East, with a 3-4-1 conference record and a 6-9-1 record overall.
The Pink Out game at home on Oct. 4 saw the Jays suffer a difficult 1-7 loss to No. 5 Georgetown.
Three goals within the first half hour of game time give the Hoyas a comfortable lead early, and they built on it early in the second half with another pair of goals.
Creighton finally answered in the 56th minute as junior midfielder Taryn Jakubowski scored off a pass from sophomore midfielder Keelie Fothergill. After a good touch from Fothergill receiving a cross, she laid the ball off to her right where Jakubowski rocketed it in.
The Bluejays rebounded fast for their next game at Morrison Stadium on Oct. 7, edging out Seton Hall 2-1.
Despite the Pirates grabbing the lead in just the 4th minute, the Bluejays kept composure and dictated the game moving forward, scoring twice before the half with goals from junior midfielder Kylin Grubb and senior forward Kaira Houser in the 24th and 37th minutes respectively.
Seton Hall pushed heavily for an equalizer in the second half, outshooting the Jays 11-2. However, freshman goalkeeper Katie Sullivan made four saves to keep her squad in front.
Creighton then traveled to Villanova on Oct. 14 and continued its success as it just snuck out a 1-0 win in a game that helped them stay relevant in the playoff race.
Despite getting outshot 21-7 by the Wildcats and losing the corner kick battle 14-2, the Bluejays held their ground, thanks in part to seven saves by Sullivan.
Houser earned a penalty against the run of the play in the 56th minute, and Jakubowski stepped up and slotted it in for her fourth goal of the season.
The win was the first on the road in Big East play for Creighton since the Oct. 8, 2015, per Creighton Athletics.
Creighton looked to continue its success on the road against a very good Butler team last Thursday. Absorbing pressure throughout much of the 90 minutes, the Bluejays’ eventually conceded in the 76th minute from a counter attack and goal by Butler.
The Jays were outshot 21-3 in the game and 7-1 on goal, forcing six saves from Sullivan.
Finally, Creighton came back to Morrison to face Marquette for senior night on Sunday, playing to a 0-0 result.
The Bluejays were in control of the game for the majority of the first half, outshooting the Golden Eagles 8-2 with two shots on target.
A strong wind blowing from one goal to the other benefited Creighton’s play in the first half, but the Jays did a good job counteracting the same advantage Marquette gained in the second half. The Golden Eagles took only one more shot than their host in the second period.
The Jays managed two shots compared to one by Marquette over both overtime periods as the game concluded.
Freshman Aline Reinkober recorded six shots, while Jakubowski had six shots of her own, putting three on goal.
Creighton now has one regular season game left, a road battle against Providence at 6 p.m. on Thursday night.
Creighton currently sits at 7th in the Big East conference standings with 10 points.
Half the league is still within touching distance of the team depending on the last games, and could end up swapping places with the Jays.
They are now in control their own destiny for a spot in the Big East postseason tournament. A loss or draw would spell the end of the season for the Jays, but a win would bring them at worst to sixth in the conference, the cutoff for a spot in.
If the team wins and gets some help around the conference with other results, they could jump as high as fourth place.