10.19.2009 / Drake Storms in to Omaha, Posting by Seth, FNBO Employee

What is there to do on a cold and rainy night in Omaha? How about heading outdoors to watch a soccer game? You would probably say that the other 750 fans in attendance at the Creighton vs. Drake game and I have taken a few too many headers in our day. The men of the Bluejay soccer team will most likely be looking forward to sunnier days as well, as they came up on the losing end of the 1-0 match Wednesday night at Morrison Stadium on the Creighton University campus.

"The Jays pressed and had a golden chance in the closing minutes, but came up empty"

The Bluejays have dominated Drake up to this point, going 20-1-6 all-time. But this Drake team made the trek west on I-80 carrying a No. 19 national ranking and the momentum of a four-game unbeaten streak. Though, having never won in Omaha, a victory was by no means a given for the Bulldogs.

Both teams were unable to produce any goals in the first half. The ball skipped around on the slick field and made getting decent shots off extremely difficult. Conservative play was the rule, as the squads took their time adjusting to the wet conditions.

Drake struck quickly in the second half, only two minutes in, with Thomas Ostrander heading in a ball off of a Creighton defender. That goal was all Drake would need. The Bulldogs were content letting Creighton do the attacking the rest of the half and bunkered down in their defensive third. The Jays pressed and had a golden chance in the closing minutes, but came up empty when defender Chris Schuler came crashing into the box and put a header just over the crossbar.

Creighton will need to rebound quickly. They’re on the road for the next four games, starting with a stop at Evansville on the 17th. And, take note Bluejay fans! Your final chance to see the team play at home is one to look forward to – No. 4 UCLA comes to town on Saturday, October 31st at 3 p.m.  So grab your costume and help put a little fright into the Bruins.

Did you brave the elements on Wednesday night? Post your thoughts on the game.

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