Nov. 22, 2010


Courtesy of SMU Athletics

The fifth seed SMU men's soccer team twice rebounded from one-goal deficits on goals by freshman forward Juan Castillo and junior midfielder Arthur Ivo to earn a 2-2 tie with Creighton, and then won a penalty-kick shootout, 5-3, to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Castillo started the Mustang rally with a goal in the 79th minute. Defender Ian Kalis crossed a ball in from the left side to Castillo who headed it home for his team-leading 10th goal of the season. Castillo also started SMU's comeback against Creighton in the Mustangs' 3-2 come-from-behind double overtime win over the Bluejays in September.

Ivo netted his ninth goal of the season with just 15 seconds remaining in regulation to keep the season alive for SMU (15-2-1). Ivo fired a bullet from 30 yards out that was deflected by a Creighton defender up and over Bluejay goalie Brian Holt.

The teams remained scoreless through two 10-minute overtime periods before heading to penalty kicks. SMU won the shootout, making all five goals, while Creighton netted three. Goalkeeper Craig Hill stopped the Bluejays' second attempt to give the Mustangs the advantage. Ivo locked up the win by converting SMU's fifth shot.

Hill was phenomenal in net for the Mustangs, making 11 saves on the night and numerous diving saves to keep SMU in the game. The back line held strong, too, accounting for three team saves.

Creighton got on the board with a goal by leading scorer, Ethan Finlay, who took advantage of a SMU turnover for his 15th goal of the year. After Castillo's goal tied the game, 1-1, Sergio Castillo of Creighton responded with a goal less than two minutes later to regain a one-goal lead.

SMU hosts William & Mary Sunday, Nov. 28 at Westcott Field. Purchase tickets on or call 214-SMU-GAME.