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11.12.2009 / Football Saturday at Creighton. Posting by Seth, FNBO Employee.

When you live in a state where football rules the fall (Go Big Red!), other sports - especially those at other schools - often take a back seat in the public eye. This past Saturday, with an early-afternoon Husker victory already in the books, the men of the Creighton Bluejay soccer team had an ideal forum to showcase their own brand of football. They embraced the opportunity and delivered a 1-0 upset of the No. 7 UCLA Bruins.

"They embraced the opportunity and delivered a 1-0 upset of the No. 7 UCLA Bruins."

First, I have to apologize to the other 2,200 Creighton fans. Yes, I was the one guy still wearing his Husker red amongst the sea of blue. I didn’t have time to change between games, and a blue/red outfit was definitely out of the question. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being subjected to watching Project Runway with my wife, that combo is definitely not “chic”.

All fashion faux pas aside, the Jays had a formidable challenge in the UCLA Bruins. UCLA has been ranked as high as No. 2, and is teeming with talent. It’s not everyday you get to face a team with a couple players that have spots on the U.S. under-20 national team. Creighton, though, held a top-10 ranking earlier in the season, and by some accounts, has been underachieving much of the year.

Creighton’s strength is its defense. Against the Bruins, Chris Schuler and company locked down and kept the creative attack of UCLA at bay. But, you can’t win without scoring. The Jays showed offensive aggressiveness that has been missing for much of the season. Ethan Finlay provided the game-winner only four minutes into the second half after taking a pass from Byron Dacy. Dion Acoff started the play by sending a cross to Dacy at the far post. Dacy gave a scrappy effort to win the ball and was able to feed Finlay five yards in front of the goal.

The Bluejays close out the regular season Saturday, November 7th at Drake, and will return to Des Moines the following weekend for the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. With a strong showing in their remaining games, the Jays can’t be ruled out for hosting an NCAA tournament match. If that happens, I’ll see you at Morrison Stadium. You won’t be able to spot me so easily this time - I’ll be sporting my blue with the rest of you.

Have some thoughts on the win? Post them below.

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