OMAHA, NEB. — The University of Central Arkansas men’s soccer team fell short in its attempt to upset nationally ranked Creighton on Saturday, falling 3-0. The Bears (2-9-4, 1-2-2 Missouri Valley Conference) faced their second nationally ranked opponent of the season in the No. 3 Blue Jays (14-2-0, 4-1-0 MVC). On Sept. 11, the Bears fell 3-2 to then No. 2 Louisville.
The Blue Jays got on the board early, as Bruno Castro fielded a pass from Tyler Polak in the eleventh minute and was able to chip it over the head of UCA goalkeeper Patxi Shortsleeve. Polak added a score of his own in the 46th minute, as he took a pass from Jose Gomez and broke away from the defense, putting a left-footed shot into the back of the net. The Blue Jays’ final strike of the match game in the 83rd minute, as Jace Peters was able to slide behind the defense and put a header in off of a corner kick.
Creighton dominated the match not only on the scoreboard, but on the field as well. The Blue Jays managed to fire off 25 shots, placing 12 on goal.
The Bears, meanwhile, were unable to generate any sort of offense, recording only two shots, with one on goal. Joseph Cervantes and Mickey Segura each took a shot in the first half, with Segura providing the only challenge of the match for Creighton keeper Brian Holt.
It was a busy match for Shortsleeve, who was challenged 12 times. He recorded 9 saves.
The Bears return to action Satuday, hosting No. 22 Bradley.