Creighton 3, Penn State 1

Nov. 27, 2005



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- For the third time in four seasons the Creighton men¹s soccer team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, this season by virtue of a 3-1 win at ninth-ranked and No. 11-seeded Penn State Sunday afternoon. The 11th-ranked Bluejays (15-4-3) used a come-from-behind effort on the road for the second straight game to end the Nittany Lions¹ 10-game winning streak and conclude the Big Ten champion¹s season at 13-7-2.

The win leaves the Jays as one of eight teams left in the field, where the team will once again be road warriors, traveling to 15th-ranked and unseeded Clemson for its quarterfinal match. The Tigers topped Notre Dame 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. The Jays and Tigers will meet with a berth into the College Cup on the line, this Friday at 6 p.m. (CST) at Clemson, where the Tigers are 9-2-1 on the season.

Penn State took a 1-0 lead when Jeff Chambers scored his second goal of the season on a bomb from nearly 40 yards out in the 36th minute.

CU responded seven minutes later when sophomore Sam Eid tucked in a shot for his first collegiate goal at the 42:11 mark. The 6-foot-3 forward was playing in just his third match this season and 12th of his career, but his goal proved to be a momentum swing for the Jays. Tim Bohnenkamp served in a corner kick to Matt Wieland and Eid scored the equalizer. Bohnenkamp¹s assist was his team-best 10th of the year, the most assists by a CU player since David Wagenfuhr¹s 10 in 2001.

The match was evenly played in the first half, with PSU holding a 5-4 shot advantage and both teams logging two shots on goal with a 1-1 score after 45 minutes.

The Bluejays were awarded a penalty kick in the 60th minute. Freshman Byron Dacy converted the kick for his team-leading ninth goal of the year and what proved to be the game-winner.

Junior Michael Kraus continued his annual hot play in the NCAA postseason by scoring an insurance goal in the 76th minute off a feed from Dacy and Brian Biggerstaff.

The CU defense allowed only 10 shots and six on goal in the win. Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Allen turned away five shots in the victory. The Bluejay offense was again outstanding, scoring at least two goals for the fifth straight match. PSU had allowed only four goals total in their previous 10 matches.

The Jays will carry their seven-game winning streak into its quarterfinal match at Clemson. The Tigers, also an unseeded team, have posted three shutouts through the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament, with wins over Coastal Carolina, North Carolina State and Notre Dame. Clemson is 14-5-3 on the year, including a 2-4-2 mark in ACC play. CU and Clemson will kickoff at 6 p.m. (CST) on Friday at Clemson.





-- Courtesy Creighton