Jays Soccer Stunned by Seattle

The Redhawks eliminated CU from the NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 victory in Omaha.

Mother Nature apparently thought soccer season had ended in Omaha.

She was only a few hours off, as Seattle ended Creighton's season on a blustery and snowy night at Morrison Stadium.

Coach Elmar Bolowich's squad scored their only goal of the contest after the Redhawks' goalie, Jake Feener, illegally handled a pass from one of his defenders. CU senior Carlos McCrary quickly spotted the ball and alertly found fellow senior Sonny Makh on a run towards goal. McCrary's short, horizontal pass found Makh, who beat Feener, for his first -- and only -- collegiate goal.

Creighton owned a 1-0 advantage 15 minutes into the match but could not hold on, even with the wind's help. With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Seattle's Miguel Gonzalez controlled a loose ball in the box. Moving to his right, Gonzalez shot across his body and into the wind. The shot caught Creighton keeper, Alex Bolowich, with his momentum headed in the opposite direction and trickled into the net.

The game entered intermission with the hosts seemingly dominating the tied game. With the wind aiding their attack, CU recorded five shots on goal and seven corner kicks to the Redhawks one shot on frame and as many opportunities from the corner.

Creighton looked like it was set to take the lead early in the second half. Myles Englis was taken down in the penalty area, which drew a whistle from the referee. Bruno Castro, who entered the match 4-4 from the spot, placed the ball on the circle with the wind blowing in his face. A gust of wind may have gotten under the shot, as Castro's attempt missed high.

Seven minutes later, the Redhawks made CU pay for failing to capitalize. Gonzalez scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season, and second of the evening, in the 72nd minute with a blast that beat Bolowich.

Although the team had quality chances to knot the match at two, they ultimately came up short against Feener, who leads the nation in saves. Seattle will head home for a second-round contest, a matchup with the No. 2 overall seed, Washington, while the Bluejays will wait for their exhibition season to start in the spring.

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