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Creighton Athletics | October 5, 2014

No. 11 Creighton squeezes past Seton Hall with last-minute goal

OMAHA, Neb. -- Freshman Lucas Stauffer of No. 11 Creighton scored his second goal of the match with 57 seconds left to give the Bluejays a 3-2 decision against Seton Hall at Morrison Stadium Saturday night.

With the win, Creighton moves to 2-0-0 in the league. CU is all alone in first place in the Big East as the only undefeated and untied team in the conference through two weekends of action. The Bluejays improved to 8-1-1 overall.

Seton Hall dropped to 0-2-0 in the Big East and 2-5-2 overall following the loss.

Stauffer posted his first multiple-goal game of his young career with two scores including the game-winning tally with just under a minute left in regulation to secure the win for the Bluejays.

Creighton jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind an opening goal from sophomore Ricardo Perez in the 35th minute. Perez was able to get control of a long pass from midfield by junior Christian Blandon to open the scoring at 1-0.

Just under a minute later, Stauffer netted his first score to give the Jays a 2-0 lead. The freshman took a feed from Perez on the left side to score from about eight yards out. The Jays took the 2-0 lead into halftime, dominating the Pirates on offense.

Seton Hall got on the board in the 77th minute on a goal by Mateusz Brela who connected on a header from a throw-in off the hands of Shawn Morrison. The Pirates’ Patrick Burd scored the equalizer unassisted in the 82nd minute to knot the score at 2-2.

Freshman Noah Franke fed Stauffer from the right side setting up a header from just inside the top of the box with 57 seconds remaining to give the Jays a 3-2 lead and eventually the win.

Creighton goalkeeper Connor Sparrow played all 90 minutes in goal for the Jays and improved to 8-1-1 with the victory.

CU avenged its first loss in the series with the Pirates when the Bluejays fell to SHU 3-2 last year in the programs’ first meeting in South Orange, N.J. The all-time series is now tied at 1-1.

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