Sophomore defender Jake Ronneberg’s golden goal in the 105th minute sealed the Jays’ season opener over the weekend in a 2-1 victory over Marquette.
After almost 16 months off, the men’s soccer team used every bit of energy it had saved up to outlast the Golden Eagles in the Big East matchup.
The first half was a scoreless affair, even though Creighton had eight shots to Marquette’s five.
The tie was finally broken in the 51st minute with junior midfielder Charles Auguste’s goal on a cross from freshman midfielder Owen O’Malley.
Marquette was quick to answer with a goal of its own in the 65th minute, the only goal that freshmen goalkeeper Nathan Schnur allowed in his first start as he covered for the injured junior Paul Kruse.
Schnur was named Big East goalkeeper of the week following the performance.
This all set the stage for the golden goal.
“Diego Gutierrez did a great job to round his defender and play the ball across the six, and I believe it was Duncan McGuire who did a good job with what we call a ‘dummy play’ where you act like you’re going to get the ball but you whiff on it on purpose to draw in a defender and allow the ball to continue on, and I think that’s how the ball found Ronneberg at the back post,” Coach Torres said of the play.
Ronneberg described the goal much more humbly. “I was just in the right place at the right time,” said Ronneberg.
Ronnenberg was named to the Big East weekly honor roll and the College Soccer News men’s team of the week with the goal that sealed Creighton’s first win of the season.
It was a major conference win given more importance by the fact that Marquette had already played three games to Creighton’s zero.
“I’m very, very proud of our guys for going the distance and doing what they did tonight,” Torres said.
Ronneberg echoed the same sentiments.
“It was so much fun to get back out there,” he said. “We had so much energy and excitement built up to start the game that it allowed us to go on the attack right away and stay that way the whole game.”
After falling in an exhibition match 4-1 on Wednesday to Central Methodist, the Jays are back in action against UNO in a crosstown rivalry match tomorrow afternoon.