1 This is Creighton Men s Soccer: 5 NCAA College Cup Appearances (1996, 2000, 2002, 2011, 2012) 22 NCAA Tournament Selections 26 Combined Conference Titles August 2015 Schedule 14 Blue-White Scrimmage (Ex.) White at Bradley (Ex.) (ESPN3) W Northwestern (Ex.) W Michigan W Milwaukee W 4-0 September 4 CSUN (Socctoberfest) 7:30 pm 6 #13 UC Irvine 7 pm 13 at Michigan State 1 pm 19 Tulsa (Homecoming) 7 pm 22 Northern Illinois 7 pm 26 at Seton Hall * Noon 29 Missouri State 7 pm October 3 DePaul * (BEDN) 7 pm 6 Drake 7 pm 10 St. John s * (BEDN) 7 pm 14 at Butler * 6 pm 17 at Marquette * (BEDN) 7 pm 24 Villanova * (BEDN) 7 pm 28 Xavier * (BEDN) 7 pm 31 at Providence * (BEDN) 6 pm November 5 at Georgetown * (BEDN) 1 pm 2015 BIG EAST Men s Soccer Championship 8-15 TBD (at campus site of higher seed) TBA Nov Dec Creighton Men s Soccer Game 3 Friday, Sept. 4 CSUN at #3 Creighton Omaha, Neb. 7:30 pm Game 4 Sunday, Sept. 6 #13 UC Irvine at #3 Creighton Omaha, Neb. 7:00 pm SID Contact: Glen Sisk Office Phone: (402) SID Contact: Rob Anderson Office Phone: (402) NCAA Tournament * BIG EAST Conference matches All times Central and subject to change Home matches in bold played at Michael G. Morrison, S.J., Stadium Bluejays in the Polls NSCAA:3 Top Drawer Soccer: 3 College Soccer News: 3 Soccer America: 3 Up Next Third-ranked Creighton Men s Soccer (2-0-0) hosts Socctoberfest on Friday, Sept. 4 when it hosts CSUN (1-0-0) at 7:30 pm at Morrison Stadium. On Sunday, the Bluejays remain at home when they welcome No. 13 UC Irvine (1-0-0) to Omaha in a 7 pm contest. Both contests are preceded by Creighton Women s Soccer home games. Follow The Match Both games this weekend will have a free high-definition video webcast via Jays Video. To access the feed, click on the TV screen icon on the top right corner of GoCreighton.com. Live stats of each match will be available at Socctoberfest Returns! The 4th Annual Creighton Socctoberfest, a celebration of the Bluejay men s and women s soccer programs, will be held inside Michael G. Morrison, S.J., Stadium on the north end on Friday, Sept. 4 starting at 4:00 p.m., in conjunction with the women s soccer match against Nebraska-Omaha (5:00 p.m., kick-off) and the men s soccer match against CSUN (7:30 p.m., kick-off). The event is open to all Creighton fans and cost is $20 per person for advance reservations and $25 per person at the door. The event includes a live band, a commemorative 32-ounce Creighton Socctoberfest glass stein, a 32-ounce draw and a meal ticket (bratwurst, sauerkraut, chips and a German potato salad). Additional 32-ounce draw refills will also be available for purchase at $7 each. Proof of age will be required at the event s entrance and wristbands will be affixed to those of legal drinking age. Walk-ins are welcome but register in advance online to make sure you secure your commemorative Socctoberfest stein at For more information or to make a reservation by phone or , contact Barb Epps ( , Scouting Creighton Creighton is on the young season after shutout wins last weekend over Michigan (1-0) and Milwaukee (4-0). The Bluejays return eight starters and 13 lettermen from last year s team that won the BIG EAST Conference regular-season title, advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and finished last season ranked No. 7 in the year-end NSCAA poll. Creighton returns 30 of its 32 goals from last year, including each of its top six scorers. The Bluejays also return 24-of-30 assists from a year ago, and all but five minutes of the nearly 2,044 minutes in goal from last season. Junior Fabian Herbers (2g, 1a this year) earned First Team All-America accolades and BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year honors after a magnificent 2014 season. He led the conference with 28 points, was second in the league with four game-winning goals, and third in both goals (10) and assists (8). Herbers is also a standout in the classroom and was a Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-American last year BIG EAST Regular-Season Standings (through 9/2) BIG EAST Overall Team W L T Pts. Pct. W L T Pct. Strk #3 Creighton W2 #8 Providence W2 #10 Xavier W2 Villanova W2 Butler W2 Marquette W1 #12 Georgetown L1 Seton Hall T1 DePaul L2 St. John s L2
2 2015 Quick Facts Creighton University Information Location Omaha, Neb. Founded 1878 Enrollment 8,236 Nickname Bluejays Colors Blue & White President Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J., Ph.D. Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen Affiliation NCAA Division I Conference BIG EAST Bluejay Soccer Head Coach Elmar Bolowich Alma Mater Mainz, 1981 Career Record (27 years) Record at CU (5 years) Assistant Coach Johnny Torres Alma Mater Creighton, 2008 Assistant Coach Justin Hughes Alma Mater North Carolina, 2006 Graduate Assistant TJ Burns Alma Mater Creighton, 2011 Home Field Michael G. Morrison, S.J., Stadium Capacity 7, Overall Record BIG EAST Record / Finish / 1st Letterwinners Returning / Lost 13 / 7 Starters Returning / Lost 8 / 3 Goalkeepers Returning / Lost 2 / 1 Conference Regular-Season Titles , 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 Conference Tournament Titles , 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012 NCAA Tournament Appearances , 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 NCAA College Cup Appearances , 2000, 2002, 2011, 2012 Sports Information Assistant SID / Men s Soccer Contact TBD Office Phone Cell Phone TBD TBD Sports Information Director Rob Anderson Office Phone Assistant SID Glen Sisk Office Phone Press Box or 3564 Sports Information FAX Ticket Office JAYS Athletic Website GoCreighton.com Conference Website BIGEAST.com Senior Timo Pitter (1g this year) paced the league in assists (9), shots (75) and shots on goal (36) during a 2014 campaign that saw him add Second Team All-America plaudits. Pitter was also named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in Senior goalkeeper Connor Sparrow (0.00 GAA this year) returns in net after ranking second nationally in goals against average (0.49) and 10th in save percentage (.841) a year ago. Sparrow s career 0.44 goals against average as a Bluejay is the best in Creighton history among goalies with at least 2,000 minutes in net. He is the reigning BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week. Scouting CSUN Located in Northridge, Calif., CSUN is on the season after a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Loyola Chicago on Sunday night. The Matadors trailed 1-0 after allowing a goal in the eighth minute, only to rally with second half scores by Steven Manios and Shane Steffes for the win. Adam Hobbs made his 40th career start in goal and earned his 22nd career victory. Last year CSUN was 7-9-2, but 17th-year coach Terry Davila brings back 16 lettermen and seven starters to the pitch. That group includes two-time First Team All-Big West honoree Juan Fernando Samayoa and Second Team All-Big West selection Patrick Hickman. Series History vs. CSUN Creighton won the only previous meeting with CSUN, 1-0, on a penalty kick by Andrei Gotsmanov in the 105th minute on Oct. 1, Creighton had 19 shots against the Matador defense in the match, while both keepers notched four saves. Scouting UC Irvine Ranked No. 13 nationally, the Anteaters head to Nebraska with a record prior to Friday s match-up at Omaha before heading down Dodge Street to meet Creighton. UCI defeated Loyola Chicago, 1-0, on Friday in the lone game to date behind a clean sheet from Michael Breslin and a goal in the 71st minute by Edgardo Molina. The Anteaters were last season and defeated UNLV and Stanford before being eliminated in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Providence, 1-0. From that group, second-year coach Chris Volk returns 16 lettermen and six starters. Series History vs. UC Irvine Creighton won the only previous meeting against UC Irvine, 3-1, on Oct. 15, 2011 CSUN Creighton leads H: A: N: Date Site Score 10/01/08 at CU W, 1-0 (2OT) at Morrison Stadium. In that contest, Ethan Finlay scored in the fifth, 62nd and 88th minute to deliver CU s first hat trick since Brian Holt notched two saves in net for CU, which outshot the Anteaters 18-5 overall. California Dreaming When playing CSUN and UC Irvine, Creighton will look to improve upon its record against California-based schools in its last 21 games, including 16 straight victories. The Jays won both matches against teams from the Golden State in 2014 defeating both Stanford (2-0) and Santa Clara (1-0) to open the season. The streak includes matches against 13 different California-based schools, an mark against ranked teams, and an active streak of shutout minutes at 461:16 entering Friday s game. Creighton has outscored teams 32-8 during the 21-game unbeaten spell, including a 24-2 margin during the 16-game win streak. Creighton has not trailed against any California team since the 77th minute against San Diego State on Aug. 31, Since then, CU has been leading or tied for a span of 1600:11 against California clubs. Creighton s last loss to a team from California came on Sept. 7, 2003 a 2-1 loss at Loyola Marymount when the Lions scored in the final five seconds of the second overtime. Last 21 Games vs. California Teams Date Opponent Score 11/26/03 at San Diego T 1-1 (2 OT) 9/5/04 Loyola Marymount W 2-1 9/10/04 vs. #6 UCLA W 3-2 8/31/07 San Diego State T 2-2 (2OT) 9/6/07 #11 UCLA T 0-0 (2OT) 9/15/07 vs. Loyola Marymount W 1-0 (OT) 9/7/08 UC Riverside W 2-0 9/19/8 at Stanford W 1-0 9/21/08 at #6 California W /01/08 CSUN W 1-0 (2OT) 9/5/09 #23 Cal Poly W /31/09 #7 UCLA W 1-0 9/7/10 at #21 UCSB W 1-0 9/24/11 Saint Mary s W /15/11 #7 UC Irvine W /27/11 #13 UCSB W 2-1 9/7/12 at Santa Clara W 1-0 9/9/12 at Saint Mary s W 1-0 9/1/13 Cal Poly W 3-0 8/29/14 #20 Stanford W 2-0 8/31/14 Santa Clara W 1-0 Top 10 Jays, Again Creighton was ranked sixth nationally in the preseason edition of the NSCAA Top 25 Coaches poll, and is now ranked third by the NSCAA, College Soccer News, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer. This is the fourth time in the last five years the Bluejays have been ranked in the top-10 of the preseason poll, and 11th time since Series History vs. CSUN and UC Irvine UC Irvine Creighton leads 1-0 H: A: N: Date Site Score 10/15/11 at CU W, 3-1
3 NSCAA Top 25 Sept. 1, 2015 Poll Rk Team Pts LW UCLA (17) Virginia (8) Creighton North Carolina Notre Dame Maryland Washington Providence Clemson Xavier Coastal Carolina Georgetown UC Irvine Saint Louis Louisville Stanford UMBC Indiana UC Santa Barbara 175 RV Wake Forest 173 RV Oregon State 151 RV Michigan State SMU 107 NR South Florida 98 RV Penn State Also Receiving Votes: Navy 77, Charlotte 63, Old Dominion 37, California 35, Syracuse 25, Kentucky 21, Stetson 19, American 15, Bowling Green 12, Ohio State 11, Florida Gulf Coast 6, Denver 6, Duke 5, UAB 3, Northwestern 2, New Mexico 2, Hofstra 2, San Diego 1. College Soccer News Top 30 August 31, UCLA 2. Virginia 3. Creighton 4. Georgetown 5. Notre Dame 6. Providence 7. Washington 8. Maryland 9. Stanford 10. North Carolina 11. Clemson 12. Indiana 13. Louisville 14. Coastal Carolina 15. UC Irvine 16. Xavier 17. UCSB 18. Charlotte 19. Oregon State 20. Michigan State 21. Saint Louis 22. San Diego 23. Wake Forest 24. Old Dominion 25. UMBC 26. California 27. Hofstra 28. Syracuse 29. Penn State 30. Northwestern Others receiving Votes: Kentucky, Denver, Akron, Ohio State, Dartmouth, Furman, Connecticut, FGCU, Oakland, New Mexico, N.C. State, South Florida, Wright State, Rutgers. Creighton has now spent at least one week in the top 10 of the NSCAA poll in each of the last 24 seasons. Against The Top 25 Creighton brings a (.588) all-time record against the Top 25 when it hosts No. 13 UC Irvine on Sunday evening. That mark includes a (.745) mark at all home sites versus top-25 foes. Creighton is (.909) against top-13 teams at Morrison Stadium, and is (.829) overall at Morrison against top-25 clubs. Even more impressive, in the 11 games at Morrison Stadium against top-13 teams, Creighton has never trailed during 1054:46 minutes of play. Herbers Play Gets Noticed Fabian Herbers was a First Team All-American last year, and the junior has picked up where he s left off as the forward was named to College Soccer News National Team of the Week on Aug. 31 and the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week on Sept. 1. Herbers scored the only goal in CU s 1-0 victory over Michigan in the opener, then had a goal and an assist in Sunday s 4-0 win over Milwaukee. In four games against outside competition this year (two exhibtions, two regular-season games), Herbers owns four goals and five assists: Opponent Goals Assists Final Score at Bradley (Ex.) 1 2 W 3-0 Northwestern (Ex.) 1 2 W 5-0 Michigan 1 0 W 1-0 Milwaukee 1 1 W 4-0 Total (4 games) 4 5 CU 13-0 Dynamic Duo Timo Pitter and Fabian Herbers form one of the nation s top offensive duos, and the numbers continue to bear that out. Either Pitter or Herbers has scored or assisted on 27 of Creighton s 37 goals since the start of the 2014 season, including 24-of-32 tallies a year ago. That pair have combined for 19 goals and 18 assists in that span. Eight of those 19 goals have been assisted by the other half of their star duo. Weekly Awards Connor Sparrow was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week after a posting a pair of shutouts last weekend. It s the fourth such honor of his Creighton career, and second straight season he s won the honor following the opening weekend of the fall. In 19 career starts in a Bluejay uniform at Morrison Stadium, Sparrow has never allowed a first half goal. Eric Miller Joins U23 National Team Camp Former Creighton star Eric Miller has been selected by the United States U23 national team to take part in the final training camp and two friendly games in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in October. The camp will run in Manchester, England, from August 30 to September 8, and will feature friendlies against England on September 3 at Deepdale Stadium in Preston, and Qatar on September 8 at Gigg Lane in Bury. At the international level, Miller took part in a friendly match with the U23 s against Brazil in He also played with the U20 and U18 U.S. national selections, taking part in the 2013 Toulon Tournament and the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey. Miller, the fifth overall pick in the 2014 MLS Super Draft, has started 22-of-28 career games in the MLS with the Montreal Impact. Ethan Finlay, All-Star Eric Miller isn t the only former Bluejay to make waves, as his former Creighton teammate Ethan Finlay is also having a splendid summer. Finlay entered the week second in the MLS with 13 assists to go with eight goals in 27 games with the Columbus Crew this year. Earlier this summer, Finlay played in the MLS All-Star Game. Finlay played at Creighton from , leading the Bluejays to a pair of College Cups before being 10th overall in the 2012 MLS Super Draft. Jays Favored In Preseason BIG EAST Poll Creighton and Georgetown tied for first in the preseason BIG EAST poll that was released on Aug. 18th. Both teams had 77 points and five first-place votes in the poll. GK Connor Sparrow, M Timo Pitter and F Fabian Herbers were each named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Pitter was a unanimous selection, while Sparrow was named BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. This is the eighth time in the last 11 years, and 15th time since 1990, that Creighton has been picked to win its league in the preseason. Opening Up Including last Friday s triumph over Michigan, Creighton has now won its last six season-opening match-ups, including three straight shutout victories. CU s unbeaten streak on Opening Day stretches to nine (7-0-2) in season-opening matches if you go back to a 2007 tie vs. San Diego State, and the Jays are in its last 20 season lid-lifters. Creighton is in season-openers since reinstating soccer in 1990, and all-time in season-opening matches overall. Freshmen, In Openers Last Friday Joel Rydstrand became Creighton s sixth true freshman to start a season-opener under Elmar Bolowich. Each of the previous five men developed into key players for the program.
4 Morrison Stadium Career Records Points Total Years 1. Ethan Finlay Timo Pitter Pr. 3. Andrei Gotsmanov Goals 1. Ethan Finlay Timo Pitter Pr. 3. Andrei Gotsmanov Assists 1. Jose Ribas Jose Gomez Tim Bohnenkamp Shots 1. Ethan Finlay Timo Pitter Pr. 3. Andrei Gotsmanov Shots on Goal 1. Timo Pitter Pr. 2. Ethan Finlay Fabian Herbers Pr. Matches Played 1. Jose Ribas Tim Bohnenkamp Seth Sinovic Andrew Peterson Goalkeeping Victories 1. Brian Holt Matt Allen Saves 1. Matt Allen Brian Holt Goals Against Average (min. 720) 1. Connor Sparrow Pr. (CU only) 1. Guido Leon Brian Holt Shutouts 1. Brian Holt Matt Allen Goalkeeper Minutes Played 1. Brian Holt 3, Matt Allen 3, BIG EAST Preseason Poll Rk. Team (1st place votes) Points 1. Creighton (5) 77 Georgetown (5) Providence Xavier Marquette St. John s Butler Villanova Seton Hall DePaul 9 Last year it was Ricky Lopez-Espin, and in 2013 it was Fabian Herbers. In 2012, both Vincent Keller and Timo Pitter started on opening night, while in 2011 it was Eric Miller. Turning Two A Good Start Creighton has not lost either of its first two games in any of the previous nine seasons, a streak it continued last weekend. In that time, the Bluejays have started six times and on three occasions. This is the third straight season, and fourth time in five years, that Creighton has opened with consecutive shutout wins. First Two Games, Last Nine Seasons Year 1st Game 2nd Game 2007 T 2-2 (2ot) W W 4-1 W T 0-0 (2ot) W W 2-0 W W 1-0 W W 3-1 T 1-1 (2ot) 2013 W 2-0 W W 2-0 W W 1-0 W 4-0 Perennial Power Creighton won the program s first BIG EAST title last season when it claimed the regular-season crown with a mark. The Bluejays now own 13 regular-season and 13 conference tournament titles in program history, all since Another Strong Class College Soccer News has dubbed Creighton s recruiting class as the nation s 31st best. Among the newcomers the website highlights are Evan Waldrep, Jacob Rooth and Peter Prescott. Top 10 Crowds Creighton finished last season 10th nationally in average home attendance and fifth overall in total home attendance. It was the 11th straight season the Bluejays have finished in the top-10 nationally in average home attendance. Creighton is currently averaging 3,543 fans through two home dates, including 4,838 fans for Michigan on Aug. 28. That ranks as the largest crowd in school history to witness a seasonopener. Fabian Herbers College Soccer News Preseason First Team All- American, F College Soccer News Team of the Week, F, 8/31 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List (30) Preseason All-BIG EAST, F Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI First Team, F Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Top 100 (No. 5) Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week, F, 9/1 Timo Pitter College Soccer News Preseason Second Team All- American, M Herbers & Pitter Earn Preseason Acclaim Fabian Herbers and Timo Pitter have both been recognized nationally in the preseason. Both men are among the 30 players on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Creighton is one of six schools with two players on the list, joining Charlotte, CSU Bakersfield, Georgetown, Kentucky and Stanford. Top Drawer Soccer also honored Herbers and Pitter on their Preseason Best XI Teams. Herbers was a first-team pick at forward, while Pitter was a second-teamer as a midfielder. College Soccer News also acknowledged Herbers and Pitter on its Preseason All-America Teams. Herbers was a first-team choice at forward, while Pitter was a second-team midfielder. Top 100 Trio Fabian Herbers, Timo Pitter and Connor Sparrow all earned a spot on Top Drawer Soccer s Preseason Top 100 list of the nation s top players. Herbers checked in at No. 5, while Pitter (No. 18) and Sparrow (No. 74) made the Bluejays one of eight teams nationally with three players in the top-75. Sparrow A Rare Bird Senior GK Connor Sparrow remains Creighton s all-time leader in goals against average, allowing just 0.44 goals per 90 minutes in a Bluejay uniform. Sparrow s numbers are even more impressive at home, where he owns a 0.36 GAA in a Creighton uniform at Morrison Stadium. Of the 13 goals that Sparrow has allowed as a Bluejay, only one has come prior to halftime. Sparrow also moved into sixth place on Creighton s all-time leaders in winning percentage with a.759 win percentage. He can move into fifth place with a win on Friday, passing Kevin Doyle (.761). Tough 2015 Slate The Bluejays 2015 schedule features five regular-season contests against teams that were nationally-ranked in the preseason NSCAA poll, as CU meets No. 3 Georgetown, No. 7 Providence, No. 9 Michigan State, No. 19 Xavier and No. 20 UC Irvine. Creighton also has a game vs. Tulsa and won an exhibition vs. Northwestern, two teams that were listed among those also receiving votes Individual Honors & Awards MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List (30) Preseason All-BIG EAST, M Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI Second Team, M Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Top 100 (No. 18) Connor Sparrow BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week, 8/31 Preseason All-BIG EAST, GK Preseason BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Top 100 (No. 74)
5 2015 Miscellaneous Statistics CU Opp. Corner Kicks Offsides Penalty Kicks Yellow Cards Red Cards Score by Periods 1 2 OT1 OT2 Total CU Opp Attendance Breakdown Matches Total Average OVERALL , ,543 Home , ,543 Away Neutral Record Breakdown Bolowich Era 2015 Overall Home Away Neutral Conference Home Away Non-Conference Home Away Neutral Creighton scores first Opponent scores first Scoreless ties Ahead at halftime Trailing at halftime Tied at halftime Overtime Against Top Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Creighton in the 2015 Polls Week NSCAA CSN TDS SA Pre Sept NSCAA - NSCAA CSN - College Soccer News Top 30 TDS - TopDrawerSoccer.com SA - Soccer America All told, Creighton s 2015 schedule will see it face nine teams that finished last year in the top 55 of the RPI, including five games against teams that reached the Sweet 16. Bolowich Keeps CU Winning Creighton ranks tied for second nationally with 65 wins in the last five years, which coincides with the arrival of head coach Elmar Bolowich. Bolowich was named BIG EAST Co-Coach of the Year last season after helping the Bluejays to a league title. Below is a list of the nation s most wins since Bolowich arrived before the 2011 season, through games of Sept. 3, Total Next Rk. Team Wins Wins Wins Game 1. Coastal Carolina /4 2. Creighton /4 Maryland /4 4. Akron /4 5. North Carolina /4 You Play To Win The Game Creighton s record last year led the nation in winning percentage (.795). The Bluejays were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament after falling in penalty kicks vs. UMBC during the team s 10th appearance in the national quarterfinals in the last 19 years. So Close Each of Creighton s last 14 losses have been by a single goal, including every setback in 2013 and Creighton has fallen behind by two goals just four times in 92 games under Elmar Bolowich, and lost by two goals just twice. Streaks To Watch Creighton is under Elmar Bolowich when leading at halftime. Creighton is in its last 18 games when scoring first, and under Bolowich. Creighton has not trailed at half in any of its last 25 games. The last time CU trailed at the break was Nov. 12, 2013, when Providence scored in the final 10 seconds of the first half to take a 1-0 lead into the locker room. Creighton is in home matches under Bolowich that kickoff prior to 6 pm. Sunday Funday Creighton is on Sunday s under Elmar Bolowich. CU was on the day last season, and its only loss on a Sunday came vs. William & Mary (3-2 in double-ot) during the 2013 campaign. Creighton has outscored the opposition in those Sunday games. Creighton Soccer s European Vacation Creighton spent nearly two weeks in Europe in early July, spending most of that time in Germany and Austria. The team went against strong competition, but also bonded in a foreign culture that included trips Neuschwanstein Castle, Allianz Arena and Munich s Olympic Stadium, among other areas. O Captain! My Captain! Seniors Vincent Keller and Eric DeJulio have been named captains on this year s team. Both men started all 22 games a season ago for Creighton s BIG EAST champion club Creighton Outlook Expectations for 2015 are sky-high for a Creighton program that went and led the nation in winning percentage a year ago en route to its first BIG EAST regular-season title. A top-notch recruiting class helps support the return of eight starters, including the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year (Fabian Herbers) and the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year (Timo Pitter) for fifth-year head coach Elmar Bolowich, last year s BIG EAST Coach of the Year. In all, 30-of-32 goals scored and all but five goalkeeping minutes return to a program that seeks a sixth College Cup appearance in the past 20 seasons. Herbers earned First Team All-America accolades and top honors from the BIG EAST after a magnificent sophomore season. He led the conference with 28 points, was second in the league with four game-winning goals, and third in both goals (10) and assists (8). Pitter paced the league in assists (9), shots (75) and shots on goal (36) during a junior campaign that saw him add Second Team All- America plaudits. The Jays also boast four other returners who scored multiple times in Midfielder Lucas Stauffer had four goals and a pair of assists to earn a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team, while classmate Ricky Lopez-Espin was one of the nation s most impressive freshmen before a knee injury in early October ended his season prematurely. Helping to distribute in the midfield are junior Ricardo Perez and the sophomore duo of Fernando Castellanos and Noah Franke who combined for five goals and four assists a year ago. The return of Myles Englis from injury, plus recruits like Joel Rystrand, Evan Waldrep and Bryce Gibson should give CU plenty of offensive firepower. Creighton s defense figures to remain strong and experienced, as well, paced by the return of seniors Eric DeJulio, Mike Paye, Vincent Keller and Connor Sparrow. An influx of talented defenders, headed by Peter Prescott and Felix Kollmannthaler, will also contend for playing time. Sparrow finished second nationally in goals against average (0.49 GAA) and 10th in save percentage (.841), allowing just 11 scores in 22 contests. Impressively, Creighton allowed just one first half goal during the 2014 campaign. DeJulio was the only Bluejay to play every minute last season, while Keller was nearly as durable, starting all 22 contests. Creighton has annually played one of the top schedules in college soccer, and the 2015 campaign figures to be no different.
6 Game-Winning Goals Career Timo Pitter Fabian Herbers Lucas Stauffer Eric DeJulio Ricky Lopez-Espin Ricardo Perez Fernando Castellanos Vincent Keller Mike Paye Game-Tying Goals Career Fabian Herbers Timo Pitter Myles Englis Overtime Goals Career Fabian Herbers Vincent Keller Half of Creighton s 18 opponents on the docket finished with top-55 RPI s nationally a year ago, including non-conference showdowns vs. Michigan State, UC Irvine, Tulsa and CSUN. Creighton also faces a rigorous BIG EAST slate, which features the likes of Georgetown, Providence, Xavier and Marquette in a league that was tabbed third nationally in the final 2014 RPI. Fueling expectations for Creighton was a foreign trip to Europe for two weeks in July. While away, the team played against some top clubs from both Germany and Austria, finishing with a record. In addition to the extra competition, the team bonded off-the-field while adjusting a new culture and visiting many international landmarks such as Allianz Arena, Neuschwanstein Castle and the former Olympic Stadium in Munich. First Goals of the Game Career Fabian Herbers Timo Pitter Ricardo Perez Ricky Lopez-Espin Lucas Stauffer Eric DeJulio 0 1 1
7 Numerical Roster No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Last School) (Last Club) 0 Connor Sparrow GK Sr. St. Louis, Mo. (UMKC) (St. Louis Scott Gallagher) 1 Jacob Rooth GK Fr. Evanston, Ill. (Lake Forest Academy) (Chicago Fire Academy) 2 Peter Prescott D Fr. Vancouver, Wash. (Mountain View) (Portland Timbers Academy) 3 Mitch LaGro D/M Fr. Dallas, Texas (Plano West) (Solar Chelsea) 4 Vincent Keller D/M Sr. Freiburg, Germany (Angell Akademie) (SC Freiburg) 5 Mike Paye M Sr. Monrovia, Liberia (Tyler JC) (Ocean City Nor easters) 6 Joel Rydstrand M Fr. Almunge, Sweden (Celsiusskolan) (IK Sirius) 7 Ricky Lopez-Espin F So. Miami, Fla. (Shattuck-St. Mary s [Minn.]) (Shattuck-St. Mary s) 8 Evan Waldrep M Fr. Phoenix, Ariz. (Vista Grande) (Real Salt Lake Academy) 9 Diego Bacellar M Jr. Governador Valadares, Brazil (Monroe [N.Y.] College) 10 Ricardo Perez M/F Jr. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (Rocky Mountain [Colo.]) (Albuquerque Sol) 11 Fernando Castellanos M Sr. Montclair, Calif. (Tyler JC) (CASL) 12 Lucas Stauffer M So. Owensboro, Ky. (Shattuck-St. Mary s [Minn.]) (Vejle Boldklub) 13 Noah Franke M So. Orlando, Fla. (Olympia) (Orlando City) 14 Fabian Herbers M/F Jr. Ahaus, Germany (Alexander Hegius Gymnasium) (VFL Rhede) 15 Daniel Rutter M Fr. Friendswood, Texas (Coastal Carolina) (Clear Springs) 16 Myles Englis M Jr. Rome, Ga. (Darlington Academy) (IMG Academy) 17 Stefan Wutte D Jr. Klagenfurt, Austria (Willamette Univ.) (Portland Timbers Academy) 18 Timo Pitter M/F Sr. Oberschwarzach, Germany (Frankenlandschulheim Gaibach) (DJK Oberschwarzach) 20 Elias Helbig M Fr. Denver, Colo. (East) (Colorado Rapids Academy) 21 Bryce Gibson F Fr. Lee s Summit, Mo. (Lee s Summit North) (Sporting Kansas City Academy) 22 Eric DeJulio D Sr. Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Northwest) (Sporting KC Academy) 23 Connor Ramlo M Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier) (Iowa Soccer Club) 24 Brock Fitzgerald M So. Lincoln, Neb. (Pius X) (Omaha FC) 25 Felix Kollmannthaler D Fr. Frankfurt, Germany (Julius-Echter-Gymnasium) (Kickers Offenbach) 29 Collin Valdivia GK Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola) (FC Golden State) 30 Michael Kluver GK So. Papillion, Neb. (Skutt Catholic) (Omaha FC) Alphabetical Roster No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Last School) (Last Club) 9 Diego Bacellar M Jr. Governador Valadares, Brazil (Monroe [N.Y.] College) 11 Fernando Castellanos M Sr. Montclair, Calif. (Tyler JC) (CASL) 22 Eric DeJulio D Sr. Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Northwest) (Sporting KC Academy) 16 Myles Englis M Jr. Rome, Ga. (Darlington Academy) (IMG Academy) 24 Brock Fitzgerald M So. Lincoln, Neb. (Pius X) (Omaha FC) 13 Noah Franke M So. Orlando, Fla. (Olympia) (Orlando City) 21 Bryce Gibson F Fr. Lee s Summit, Mo. (Lee s Summit North) (Sporting Kansas City Academy) 20 Elias Helbig M Fr. Denver, Colo. (East) (Colorado Rapids Academy) 14 Fabian Herbers M/F Jr. Ahaus, Germany (Alexander Hegius Gymnasium) (VFL Rhede) 4 Vincent Keller D/M Sr. Freiburg, Germany (Angell Akademie) (SC Freiburg) 30 Michael Kluver GK So. Papillion, Neb. (Skutt Catholic) (Omaha FC) 25 Felix Kollmannthaler D Fr. Frankfurt, Germany (Julius-Echter-Gymnasium) (Kickers Offenbach) 3 Mitch LaGro D/M Fr. Dallas, Texas (Plano West) (Solar Chelsea) 7 Ricky Lopez-Espin F So. Miami, Fla. (Shattuck-St. Mary s [Minn.]) (Shattuck-St. Mary s) 5 Mike Paye M Sr. Monrovia, Liberia (Tyler JC) (Ocean City Nor easters) 10 Ricardo Perez M/F Jr. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (Rocky Mountain [Colo.]) (Albuquerque Sol) 18 Timo Pitter M/F Sr. Oberschwarzach, Germany (Frankenlandschulheim Gaibach) (DJK Oberschwarzach) 2 Peter Prescott D Fr. Vancouver, Wash. (Mountain View) (Portland Timbers Academy) 23 Connor Ramlo M Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier) (Iowa Soccer Club) 1 Jacob Rooth GK Fr. Evanston, Ill. (Lake Forest Academy) (Chicago Fire Academy) 15 Daniel Rutter M Fr. Friendswood, Texas (Coastal Carolina) (Clear Springs) 6 Joel Rydstrand M Fr. Almunge, Sweden (Celsiusskolan) (IK Sirius) 0 Connor Sparrow GK Sr. St. Louis, Mo. (UMKC) (St. Louis Scott Gallagher) 12 Lucas Stauffer M So. Owensboro, Ky. (Shattuck-St. Mary s [Minn.]) (Vejle Boldklub) 29 Collin Valdivia GK Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola) (FC Golden State) 8 Evan Waldrep M Fr. Phoenix, Ariz. (Vista Grande) (Real Salt Lake Academy) 17 Stefan Wutte D Jr. Klagenfurt, Austria (Willamette Univ.) (Portland Timbers Academy) Head Coach: Elmar Bolowich (Mainz, 1981) fifth season Assistant Coach: Johnny Torres (Creighton, 2008) - ninth season Assistant Coach: Justin Hughes (North Carolina, 2006) - fifth season Graduate Assistant: TJ Burns (Creighton, 2011) - second season Pronunciation Guide Bacellar: BAHS a lar Bolowich: BOW lo vich Castellanos: cahs tay YAH nos DeJulio: duh JULIE oh Franke: FRANK ee Helbig, Elias: HELL-big, uh LIE iss Herbers: HER burs, Fabian FAH be in Kluver: KLOO ver Kollmannthaler: Coleman taller LaGro: La GRO Paye: PAY Pitter: PIT ah, Timo: TEE mo Ramlo: RAM lo Rooth: RUTH Rutter: RUTT er Rydstrand, Joel: RIDE stran, JO ell Stauffer: STOW (as in wow) fur Valdivia: VAL div e uh Wutte, Stefan: VOOT eh, STEFF ahn Breakdown by Class Seniors (6): Fernando Castellanos, Eric DeJulio, Vincent Keller, Mike Paye, Timo Pitter, Connor Sparrow Juniors (5): Diego Bacellar, Myles Englis, Fabian Herbers, Ricardo Perez, Stefan Wutte Sophomores (5): Brock Fitzgerald, Noah Franke, Michael Kluver, Ricky Lopez- Espin, Lucas Stauffer Freshmen (11): Bryce Gibson, Elias Helbig, Felix Kollmannthaler, Mitch LaGro, Peter Prescott, Connor Ramlo, Jacob Rooth, Daniel Rutter, Joel Rydstrand, Collin Valdivia, Evan Waldrep Breakdown by Location Arizona (1): Evan Waldrep California (2): Fernando Castellanos, Collin Valdivia Colorado (1): Elias Helbig Florida (2): Noah Franke, Ricky Lopez- Espin Illinois (1): Jacob Rooth Iowa (1): Connor Ramlo Georgia (1): Myles Englis Kansas (1): Eric DeJulio Kentucky (1): Lucas Stauffer Missouri (2): Bryce Gibson, Connor Sparrow Nebraska (2): Brock Fitzgerald, Michael Kluver Texas (2): Mitch LaGro, Daniel Rutter Washington (1): Peter Prescott International (9): Diego Bacellar, Fabian Herbers, Vincent Keller, Felix Kollmannthaler, Mike Paye, Ricardo Perez, Timo Pitter, Joel Rydstrand, Stefan Wutte
8 2015 Creighton Men's Soccer Creighton Combined Team Statistics (as of Sep 01, 2015) All games RECORD: OVERALL HOME AWAY NEUTRAL ALL GAMES CONFERENCE NON-CONFERENCE Date Opponent Score Att. Aug 28 MICHIGAN W Aug 30 MILWAUKEE W TEAM STATISTICS CU OPP SHOT STATISTICS Goals-Shot attempts Goals scored per game Shot pct Shots on goal-attempts SOG pct Shots/Game CORNER KICKS 14 4 Goals off corners 0 0 PENALTY KICKS OFFSIDES 4 7 PENALTIES Yellow cards 1 4 Red cards 0 0 ATTENDANCE Total Dates/Avg Per Date 2/3543 0/0 Neutral Site #/Avg 0/0 ## Player gp g a pts sh sh% sog sog% gw pk-att 14 HERBERS, Fabian CASTELLANOS,Fernan PITTER, Timo ENGLIS, Myles FRANKE, Noah LAGRO, Mitch STAUFFER, Lucas LOPEZ-ESPIN, Ricky PRESCOTT, Peter FITZGERALD, Brock PEREZ, Ricardo BACELLAR, Diego KELLER, Vincent KOLLMANNTHALER,Fe DEJULIO, Eric RYDSTRAND, Joel PAYE, Mike Total Opponents ## Goalie GP Min. GA GAAvg Saves Pct W-L-T Sho 0 SPARROW, Connor 2 180: Total 2 180: Opponents 2 180: Goals by Period 1st 2nd Total Creighton Opponents Shots by Period 1st 2nd Total Creighton Opponents Saves by Period 1st 2nd Total Creighton Opponents Corners by Period 1st 2nd Total Creighton Opponents Fouls by Period 1st 2nd Total Creighton Opponents
9 2015 Creighton Men's Soccer Creighton Individual Season/Career Statistics (as of Sep 01, 2015) All games SEASON CAREER ## Player gp-gs g a pts sh sh% gw pk-att gp-gs g a pts sh sh% gw pk-att 14 HERBERS, Fabian CASTELLANOS,Fernando PITTER, Timo ENGLIS, Myles FRANKE, Noah LAGRO, Mitch STAUFFER, Lucas LOPEZ-ESPIN, Ricky PRESCOTT, Peter FITZGERALD, Brock PEREZ, Ricardo BACELLAR, Diego KELLER, Vincent KOLLMANNTHALER,Felix DEJULIO, Eric RYDSTRAND, Joel PAYE, Mike Total Opponents ## Goalie gp-gs minutes ga gaavg saves pct w l t sho 0 SPARROW, Connor : Career totals : Total 2 180: Opponents 2 180: