Memphis Falls at No. 3 Creighton, 1-0
Oct. 8, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. -
The Memphis men's soccer team fell to the No. 3 ranked Creighton Bluejays, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Morrison Stadium in dowtown Omaha, Neb. With the win Creighton improved their record to 8-1-1 on the year. The Tigers are now 3-8-0 on the season. Creighton is also ranked as the No. 1 team in Midwest Region according to the NSCAA.
The Bluejays started things off early, they had four shots within the first 15 minutes of the game. Creighton finally capitalized on an opportunity when senior forward Thomas Gjoesund, a native of Aalesund, Norway scored the first and only goal of the game in the 17th minute. The ball was played from behind midfield on a serve to the left side which was then played to Ethan Finlay in the left corner of the box. Finlay fed Gjoesund eight yards out in front of the goal. Gjoesund one timed it just out of the reach of Memphis junior goalkeeper Michael Goodlett.
Memphis only attempted one shot in the first half. Ryan Ruble, a senior forward from Lee's Summit, Mo., shot the ball wide of the goal from the left side just outside of the box in the 22nd minute.
Goodlett had two saves for the Tigers in the first half and gave up one goal on Creighton's 10 first half shot attempts.
In the second half, Creighton continued to control play. Perhaps the Bluejay's best opportunity at a second goal occured in the 55th minute when Creighton's season points leader Andrei Gotsmanov's shot hit off of the left crossbar.
Memphis had two shots in the second half. Defender Thomas Hyland put the ball over the goal on a shot from the top of the box in the final minute of the game.
Creighton goalkeeper Brian Holt earned the win for the Bluejays improving to 8-1-1 on the year. Holt had one save on the game. The redshirt freshman from Omaha is third in the nation in goals against average and saves. Holt has only allowed two goals on the season. Creighton is second in the nation in team goals against average.
Goodlett's record falls to 3-7 on the season. The junior netminder had four saves on the game and gave up Creighton's lone goal.
Memphis' record against Creighton falls to 0-4-1. The Tigers were coming off of a 2-1 overtime win over No. 15 SMU.
The U of M will jump back into conference play on Sunday when they take on the Florida International Golden Panthers at 12 p.m. (CST) in Miami, Fla. Memphis is 1-2 in Conference USA this season. The Tigers are currently in 7th place in the conference