Creighton Knocks Off Virginia 3-1 In The Third Round Of The 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship
Nov. 30, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Creighton Bluejays recorded a 3-1 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers in the Third Round of the 2003 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship in front of 2,157 spectators at UVa’s Kl?ckner Stadium. After a scoreless first half of play, Virginia took a 1-0 lead early in the second period before Creighton’s offense came alive and scored three unanswered goals to pace the Bluejays to a two-goal victory. Creighton’s three-goal outburst occurred in just under an 11-minute time span.
Virginia broke open a 0-0 tie at the 62:27 mark when the Cavaliers’ Joe Vide gained possession of the ball in the UVa backfield and played a long-ball up ahead to teammate Adam Cristman. Cristman gathered Vide’s pass and blew past the CU defense and baited the Bluejays’ goalkeeper Andrew Brown out of the goal box. Cristman was able to get around Brown and fired a one-timer at the open goal for a score to give UVa a 1-0 lead. Cristman’s goal was his eighth of the season and his third of the NCAA Tournament.
Virginia held its one-goal lead for just over 12 minutes before Creighton tied the game at 1-1 following the first of two goals from the Bluejays’ Damien Westfield. CU’s Michael Kraus sent a cross into the box that Westfield headed into goal at the 74:42 mark to knot the game at 1-1. Exactly two minutes later (76:42), Kraus and Westfield connected again for a score, this time when Kraus played a ball into the box that Westfield gathered and one-timed from eight yards out to give the Bluejays a 2-1 lead with just over 13 minutes to play. Westfield’s second goal of the game (his fourth of the season) was the eventual game-winner.
Creighton scored an insurance goal at the 85:41 mark to put the seal on the victory for the Bluejays when Julian Nash sent a pass into the box to teammate Jered Turner. Turner gathered Nash’s pass, turned, and then connected on a five-yard shot to give the ‘Jays a two-goal cushion.
With the victory, Creighton’s record improves to 12-5-4 on the year and the Bluejays will now advance to the quarterfianals of the NCAA Tournament. The loss drops Virginia’s record to 11-10-2 overall and eliminates the Cavaliers from the tournament.
Creighton improved to 2-1-1 all-time against UVa in men’s soccer, with both victories coming against Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. CU also defeated UVa by the score of 3-0 back on December 2, 2000.
Scoring 1 2 FCreighton (12-5-4) 0 3 3Virginia (11-10-2) 0 1 1
Goals: Creighton 3 - Damien Westfield @ 74:42 (Michael Kraus),Damien Westfield @ 76:42 (Michael Kraus),Jered Turner @ 85:41 (Julian Nash).Virginia 1 - Adam Cristman @ 62:27 (Joe Vide).Shots: Creighton 12, Virginia 9.Corner Kicks: Virginia 5, Creighton 2.Saves: Creighton 4, Virginia 3.Fouls: Creighton 23, Virginia 10.Offside: Virginia 1, Creighton 0.Cautions: Creighton 3 - Shane Havens, Matt Thomas, Vince Odorisio. Virginia - none.Attendance: 2,157.
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