Creighton ekes past Akron after winning in PKs, moves on to quarters
AKRON, Ohio -- Creighton upset Akron 5-4 in penalty kicks after the Jays and Zips finished in a one-all draw for the second time this season to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for a consecutive year.
CU freshman Timo Pitter tapped in the game-tying goal and then clinched the match with the final successful penalty kick.
As a result, the Jays moved to 16-3-3 on the year while Akron ended its season at 18-1-3. Creighton advanced to face No. 4-seed Connecticut on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Creighton showed resolve against the No. 5-seeded Akron, which had not lost at home all season. After the Zips scored a goal in the 12th minute, the Bluejays continued to battle throughout the contest.
It was not until the 83rd minute that Creighton tied the match at one as senior co-captain Andrew Ribeiro fed Pitter. He beat Akron's goalkeeper David Meves one-on-one to net his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
Creighton freshman goalkeeper Jeff Gal kept his record at 12-0-1 this season after making eight saves on the evening, including a crucial one on a penalty kick early in the first overtime.
CU sophomore Jose Ribas was sent to the sideline with a red card in the 91st minute, causing the Bluejays played a man down for 19 minutes of the overtime periods.
Each team made its first three penalty kick attempts, but Akron missed its fourth try against Creighton's Alex Bolowich, who came into the net just for the penalty kicks. Each team succeeded once more to knot the PK count at four, leading up to Pitter's decisive winning shot on CU's fifth attempt.