Women's Soccer Begins Five-Match Home Stand Against Kansas City – GoCreighton.com

8/24/2022 1:42:00 PM
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Match #2: Kansas City Roos (0-1-1) vs. Creighton Bluejays (0-0-2)
Thursday,  Aug. 25, 2022 • 3:00 p.m. CT
Omaha, Neb.
Morrison Stadium
Television: FloSports
Radio: KZQT 1180 AM
Series History: Creighton Leads 6-3-3
Last Meeting: Creighton 3, Kansas City 0 (9/12/21)

Up Next
Creighton opens the home portion of the 2022 schedule with the first of five consecutive home matches on Thursday, Aug. 25 against Kansas City. 

Follow the Match
Thursday’s match will feature both live video and live stats.
Live video for the contest will be available on FloSports, while live stats will be featured through StatBroadcast.com.  
A subscription is required to view the event on FloSports. More information can be found at GoCreighton.com/flosports
Links to video and live stats will be provided on the Creighton Women’s Soccer schedule page.
Additionally, the match will be broadcasted on 1180 AM in the Omaha area.
Updates will be provided during the match on Twitter (@CreightonWSoc).

Scouting Creighton (0-0-2)
Creighton enters Thursday’s home-opener following a pair of draws against Montana and Gonzaga at the Rumble in the Rockies events in Missoula, Mont. 
The Bluejays opened the 2022 season with a 0-0 draw against Montana on Aug. 18 before battling back to earn a 1-1 draw against Gonzaga on Aug. 21. 
Junior Abigail Santana scored the equalizing goal and the Bluejays first goal of the season during the 70th minute against Gonzaga earning the 1-1 draw. Junior Ariana Mondiri tallied an assist on the play.
Senior goalkeeper Keelan Terrell collected  eight save during the two matches, while posting her ninth career shutout. Terrell’s efforts earned her a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.  
The Bluejays entered the 2022 season with 18 returning letterwinners from last season’s squad that posted a 7-10-2 record. Creighton returns 11 players who started 10 or more matches in 2021 led by senior Aida Kardovic.
Creighton was picked seventh in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, while Kardovic was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team for the second straight season. 
Head coach Ross Paule is in his eighth year at the helm of the Bluejays. 

Scouting Kansas City (0-1-1)
Kansas City started the 2022 season was a 1-3 loss against Drake and a 1-1 draw against Tulsa.
Sophomore Madison Page netted the Roos first goal of the season in the loss to Drake, while Lily Stedman found the back of the net during a match against Tulsa. 
Kansas City finished the 2021 with a 6-13-0 overall record, which included a 4-5-0 mark in conference play.
Junior Anna Jennings, who was listed as a player to watch by the Summit League, returns as one of just five players for the Roos to start all 19 matches in 2021. In her career, she has scored three goals and dished out three assists. 
Emma Wilson is also back on the pitch and looks to rebound from a season-ending injury last season. The Omaha native was named to the All-Summit League Second Team a season ago after scoring two game-winning goals .  
The Roos were picked to finish sixth in The Summit League Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
Head Coach Jess Smith is in her third season at the helm, and has an overall record of 10-26-2 at Kansas City.

Series History Against Roos
Creighton and Kansas City have faced off 12 time previously, with the Bluejays holding an 6-3-3 edge in the series. 
The two squads meet last season with the Bluejays coming out on top, 3-0. In the win, junior Abigail Santana netted a goal in the third minute of the match, while graduate Cristina Garriga touched the back of the net twice in the second half. 
The Bluejays are 2-1-3 against Kansas City in matches played at Morrison Stadium. 

Home Sweet Home
Creighton starts a stretch of five straight matches at home, beginning with Kansas City on Thursday. 
Creighton is 105-55-22 all-time at Morrison Stadium (opened in 2003), which includes a 5-3-2 mark last season. 
The Bluejays are 20-9-4 all-time in home-openers, which includes an 11-5-3 mark during home-openers at Morrison Stadium.
The Bluejays are 43-30-7 at Morrison Stadium since the start of 2013, when the program joined the BIG EAST and 14-24-3 during home league matches. 

Creighton Soccer Going Green
Spearheaded by senior Emma Yackley, the Creighton men’s and women’s soccer programs will be hosting Green Games on Thursday, August 25th as women’s soccer takes on Kansas City at 3:00 p.m. and men’s soccer faces Oakland at 6:30 p.m.
Both matches will be carbon neutral and zero waste, meaning the electricity consumed at the matches will be offset by credits and all concessions will be composted or recycled. 
The goal of these matches is to promote a sustainable culture at Creighton and within our community, as well as to educate attendees about environmental stewardship.

Terrell Nabs Spot on BIG EAST Honor Roll
Senior goalkeeper Keelan Terrell earned a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll after recording eight saves and a shutout during the opening weekend at the Rumble in the Rockies event.
The Olathe, Kansas native, opened the 2022 season by recording her  ninth career shutout against Montana, moving her into a tie for ninth on Creighton’s all-time career shutout’s list. She followed that up with five saves during a 1-1 draw against Gonzaga on Aug. 21. 

LOVE To See Her Back
Sixth-year senior Juelle Love returned to the pitch for the first time in 529 days in Creighton’s 0-0 draw against Montana on Aug. 18, 2022. 
Love torn her ACL during a match against Xavier on March 7, 2021, and missed the rest of the 2020 season (played in the spring) and the entire 2021 fall season. 
Love has appeared in 37 matches over four seasons, logging 1,520 minutes of action.

Scoring First Yields Success
Creighton finished 7-2-1 during the 2021 season when scoring first, but 0-8 when its opponent scores first.
Additionally, the Bluejays went 5-1-1 when leading at the half, 0-6 when trailing after 45 minutes and 2-3-1 when the score was tied at halftime.
Creighton’s last come-from-behind victory and last victory when trailing at the half came during the 2020 season against DePaul (April 4), when Aida Kardovic and Lea Høiness each netted goals in the second half for a 2-1 win. 

Scoreless Draw to Open Season
On Thursday night, Creighton played Montana to a 0-0 draw to open the 2022 season. 
It was the Bluejays first season-opening tie since battling South Dakota State to a 0-0 double overtime draw in the 2010 season-opener. 
It was also the first season-opening shutout for the Bluejays since topping South Dakota, 1-0, on Aug. 21, 2015.

Top-10 Terrell
Bluejay senior goalkeeper Keelan Terrell recorded her ninth career shutout after making three saves in the Bluejays 2022 season-opener against Montana on Thursday night.
The nine career shutouts moved her into a tie with Katie Sullivan (2018-20) and Meghan Coleman (1994-97) for ninth on Creighton’s all-time career shutouts list.

Shutouts (indicates shared shutouts)
1.    Jaimie Thompson    24 (2)    2000-03
    Denise Zaver    24 (8)    1990-93
3.    Alicia Montgomery    22 (0)    2008-11
4.    Kristen Casey    18 (0)    2005-08
    Mary Libert    18 (6)    1993-96
6.    Maggie Phelan    17 (6)    1997-00
7.    Valerie Zimmerer    10 (3)    2003-06
    Lori Kwapiszeski    10 (8)    1989-90
9.    Keelan Terrell    9 (0)    2018-Present
    Katie Sullivan    9 (0)    2018-20
    Meghan Coleman    9 (6)    1994-97

New Faces Around The Pitch
Creighton’s starting XI for the season-opener against Montana featured four players making their first start in a Bluejay uniform. 
In total, six players made their Creighton debuts against either Montana or Gonzaga. 
Azumi Manriki, Lara Kazandjian, Hannah Luke, Ariana Mondiri, Jess Torres and Olivia Manning  each made their Bluejay debuts during last weekends matches. 

Season-Opener History
Creighton moved to 17-14-3  in season openers all-time, including the Bluejays 0-0 draw against Montana on Thursday night. 
Under Paule the Bluejays are 4-3-1 in season openers, including 4-0-0 in contests at home to start a season and 5-2-0 in home openers. 
Thursday’s match against Montana was the 17th time in program history that the Bluejays opened the season on the road. Creighton is now 6-10-1 in those matches. 
The Bluejays are also 14-18-2 in its first road match of the season since the program started in 1989. 

Production Returns
Creighton returns 11 players who started 10 or more matches from last fall’s team that finished 7-10-2 and 1-8-1 in the BIG EAST Conference. 

All told, CU returns 91.4 percent of its starts, 87.1 percent of its minutes, 81.8 percent of its goals, 95.5 percent of its assists, 86.4 percent of its points, and 95.7 percent of its saves off of last year’s squad.
    Below is a breakdown of the production that is back:
Stat    Returners    Departures
Starts    191 (91.4%)    18 (8.6%)
Minutes    17,110 (87.1%)    2,536 (12.9%)
Goals    18 (81.8%)    4 (18.2%)
Assists    21 (95.5%)    1 (4.5%)
Points    57 (86.4%)    9 (13.6%)
Saves    66 (95.7%)    3 (4.3%)

Chasing History
Senior Ansley Atkinson enters her senior season sixth in Creighton history with 18 career assists. Atkinson needs three assists to move into the top-three and 13 to surpass Lulu Quigley (2000-03) for the most assists in program history. 
Last season Atkinson was leading the country with nine assists, the fourth most in a single-season, through the first eight matches before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Her nine assists ranked third in the BIG EAST behind Georgetown’s Maya Fernandez-Powell (12) and St. John’s Jessica Garziano (10).

1.    Lulu Quigley    30    2000-03
2.    Sara Hovland    25    1998-01
3.    Jennifer Norman    20    1993-96
4.    Jill Richgels    19    2012-15
    Kristine Willrett    19    2004-06
6.    Ansley Atkinson    18    2018-present
    Emily Orbell    18    2007-10
    Anne Eveler    18    1989-92
9.    Lauren Cingoranelli    17    2010-13
    Sam Russell    17    2003-07
    Jessica Powers    17    1997-98
    Gretta Matthews    17    1989-92

Findlay Represents New Zealand on U20 FIFA National Team
True freshman Ella Findlay earned a spot and represented her home country of New Zealand in the 2022 FIFA U20 World Cup in Costa Rica this past week. 
On Aug. 10, Ella and her New Zealand squad earned a 1-1 draw in the U20 World Cup opener against Mexico. New Zealand fell 3-0 to Germany in their second match, before earning a 2-2 draw with Colombia. 
The New Zealand native has been a member of the New Zealand’s U17 and U20 National Teams since 2018. In 2019, Findlay helped guide her U17 National Team to the New Zealand Women’s National Cup. 

Creighton Picked Seventh in BIG EAST 
The Bluejays were picked to finish seventh in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league announced on Aug. 11
Creighton received 43 points for seventh in the coaches’ poll. Georgetown, the defending BIG EAST tournament champions, were picked as the favorites after receiving 8-of-11 first place votes and 98 points. 
Xavier was second with 91 points and two of the three remaining first-place votes. Butler received the final first-place vote and 83 points to finish third, while Providence claimed 69 points for fourth. St. John’s (59) and Connecticut (57) hold the five and six spots after sliding in ahead of Creighton (43). Picked eight was Marquette (42), followed by DePaul (31), Villanova (22) and Seton Hall (10).
The top six teams in the final league standings will qualify for the 2022 BIG EAST Championship Presented by JEEP. The first-round matchups will be hosted by the higher seed on Oct. 30 (3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5), while the number one seed will host the semifinals on Nov. 3 (1 vs. winner of 4/5 and 2 vs. winner of 3/6) and final match on Nov. 6.
Creighton finished 7-10-2 overall and 1-8-1 in league play to finish ninth in the BIG EAST during the 2021 season. 

Kardovic Tabbed To Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Senior midfielder Aida Kardovic earned unanimous All-BIG EAST Preseason honors in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league announced on Aug. 11. 
Kardovic was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection last season, when she led the Bluejays with 40 shots. The midfielder from Kassel, Germany, ranked second on the team with three goals and two assist. 
Kardovic is the first Bluejay to be named to multiple All-BIG EAST preseason teams and is the first Creighton women’s soccer player to earn all-conference preseason honors in back-to-back years since Brittney Neumann was named to the All-MVC Preseason team in 2011 and 2012.
In two seasons, she owns 17 points during 23 career matches from seven goals and three assists.

BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Katie Soderstrom, Butler, R-Sr., F

BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Julia Leas, Georgetown, Sr., M

BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
Allie Augur, Georgetown, Sr., GK

Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Aliyah Diagne, Butler, R-Jr., D
Katie Soderstrom, Butler, R-Sr., F*
Jaydah Bedoya, Connecticut, Jr., F
Aida Kardovic, Creighton, Sr., M*
Allie Augur, Georgetown, Sr., GK
Julia Leas, Georgetown, Sr., M*
Gia Vicari, Georgetown, Jr., F
Meg Hughes, Providence, Jr., F
Jessica Garziano, St. John’s, Sr., M
Molly McLaughlin, Xavier, So., M
Ella Rogers, Xavier, So., M
*unanimous Selection

International Flavor
This year’s roster features a more robust team with players from 10 different countries.
The Bluejays have 20 players from the United States while the remaining 11 players represent nine additional countries. 

Australia: (1) Renée Pountney 
Canada: (1) Lara Kazandjian
England: (1) Hannah Luke
France: (1) Ariana Mondiri 
Germany: (1) Aida Kardovic
Japan: (3) Kurumi Arakawa, Hitomi Yamaue, Azumi Manriki
New Zealand: (1) Ella Findlay
Puerto Rico: (1) Jess Torres
Sweden: (1) Lisa Hall
United State: (20)

Exhibition Recap: 
Aug. 13: Creighton 1, South Dakota 0
A first half goal by junior Abigail Santana lifted the Creighton women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over South Dakota in an exhibition match on Saturday, Aug. 13. 
Santana put the Bluejays on the board in the 37th minute, beating the Coyotes goalkeeper one-on-one and sending the ball into the back of the net.
Creighton outshot South Dakota 12-2, including holding the Coyotes shotless in the first half.

Season Outlook
The 2021 season got off to a stellar start as the Bluejays opened the year 6-1-1. Injuries, however, took a toll on the Bluejays as head coach Ross Paule guided his seventh Creighton  team to a 7-10-2 record during the 2021 campaign. 
Creighton looks to rebound with the return of 11 players who started 10 more matches a season ago and will be seeking its second trip to the BIG EAST Tournament in the past three seasons.
Individually, striker Aida Kardovic was named Preseason All-BIG EAST and produced on the pitch earning All-BIG EAST First Team honors for the second straight season. 
Kardovic finished second on the team last season with three goals and two assists. The senior owns 21 starts during two seasons of action in Omaha and will be relied on to provide an offensive spark. 
Junior Abigail Santana returns as the only player to record at least 10 points last season after pacing the team with eight goals. Santana will look to build off of her sophomore campaign and continue to contribute to the Bluejays’ attack.
Ansley Atkinson, a co-captain of the 2021 squad, is expected to return to the pitch this season after having her year cut short due to a knee injury. Atkinson tallied a total of nine assists, which led all of Division 1, before suffering her injury. The fifth-year graduate student will once again make an impact in guiding the Bluejays offense.
Defenders Jordy Rothwell, Maddie Radke, Gabby Grimaldi and Peighton Steffen each return after playing significant roles for the Bluejays backline, which produced seven shutouts a season ago. Rothwell, a co-captain, started each of the first 12 matches and scored a pair of goals before suffering a season-ending foot injury. Steffen stepped up in the absence of Rothwell to lead the backline, starting all 19 contests and logging a team-high 1,764 minutes of action a year ago.
Senior Keelan Terrell is expected to lead Creighton’s defense in her third season as the starting goalkeeper. The Olathe, Kan., native started all 19 matches in goal, posting a 0.98 goals against average. Terrell recorded seven clean sheets, including a stretch of five straight shutouts that set a program record with 507:38 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. 
Creighton welcomes in 11 newcomers for the 2022 season, which includes six freshmen, four players with two years of experience and one with one year of playing experience.
Ariana Mondiri, a transfer from the University of Northwestern Ohio, tallied 25 goals and five assists on the way to First Team All-Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference and NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors in her two seasons with the Racers. A proven goal scorer, Mondiri will make an immediate impact in the Bluejays offensive production. 
Lara Kazandjian comes to the Hilltop after playing two seasons at Memphis. As a Tiger, Kazandjian tallied two goals while appearing in 19 matches.  
Freshmen Ella Findlay and Jess Torres are also expected to make an immediate impact for the Bluejays this season. 
The Bluejays will be tested from the first day of the regular season as Creighton opens the year away from home for matches against Montana and Gonzaga. 
Creighton starts its home slate with a match against Kansas City to open a stretch of five straight contests inside the friendly confines of Morrison Stadium. In total, Creighton will host 10 regular-season matches. 

The Rothwell Sister Duo
In their second season on the pitch together, sisters Hailey and Jordy Rothwell have a special bond on the field. It is a unique experience that a lot of people don’t get to do. 
This season Creighton is one of 50 Division I schools to have a set of sisters playing on the same team. Of those 50 schools, nine schools have two sister tandems.

BIG EAST Extends Contract With FloSports
The BIG EAST Conference, including Creighton University, has partnered with FloSports from 2021-25  to deliver hundreds of subscription-based events leaguewide. This includes virtually every Creighton-produced home webcast in men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s basketball, baseball and softball.
A subscription is required to view events on FloSports.
Founded in 2006, FloSports features a growing library of more than 300,000 hours of premium content including news, expert commentary, films, documentaries and more.
A subscription to FloSports grants access to the entire FloSports catalog across all of its websites. So rather than paying for individual subscriptions to multiple BIG EAST schools to watch Creighton play road events, now one subscription to FloSports will let you watch all the school-produced events streamed on-line.
Subscribers who cannot watch a game “live” will still be able to watch an archived version of those games “on-demand”.
For a complete rundown of the costs and options, go to the Bluejays website at https://gocreighton.com/news/2021/8/17/flosports-information.aspx

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