Creighton Bluejays men's soccer
The Creighton Bluejays men's soccer team represents Creighton University in NCAA men's Division I soccer competitions. They compete in the Big East Conference and have risen to prominence in collegiate men's soccer in the last few decades having gone to the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament in 22 of the previous 23 seasons, going back to 1992, with five appearances in the College Cup semifinals and one appearance in the National Championship Match. In conference play, the Bluejays have won 13 conference regular season championships and 13 conference tournament championships; the most recent being the 2014 Big East Conference Regular Season Championship. Creighton is the only soccer program in the nation to have at least one athlete taken in every Major League Soccer (MLS) draft from 1996 – 2014. They are currently coached by Elmar Bolowich.
|Creighton Bluejays men's soccer|
|Head coach||Johnny Torres (1st season)|
|Stadium||Morrison Stadium |
|Colors||Blue and White|
|NCAA Tournament runner-up|
|NCAA Tournament College Cup|
|1996, 2000, 2002, 2011, 2012|
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|Missouri Valley Conference|
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012
|Conference Regular Season championships|
|Big East Conference|
Missouri Valley Conference
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
|2015 Big East Conference men's soccer standings|
|#2 Georgetown ‡||9||–||0||–||0||16||–||2||–||3|
|#9 Creighton +||7||–||2||–||0||19||–||4||–||0|
As of December 5, 2015; Rankings from NSCAA
The Creighton men's soccer team has made 22 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 23 years going back to 1992. The Bluejays were runners-up in the NCAA tournament in 2000 losing in the National Championship Match to Connecticut. They have also reached the College Cup semifinal round in 1996, 2002, 2011, and 2012, and the Quarterfinal Round in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2014.
Independent play and inactive period (1979–1990)
Creighton first fielded a men's soccer team in 1979. In 1980, the team began playing home games at Rosenblatt Stadium. After experiencing varied degrees of success, Creighton did not field a men's soccer team from 1986–1989. In 1990, the Bluejays resumed play and began playing their home games at Tranquility Park in western Omaha.
Missouri Valley Conference era (1991–2012)
In 1991, the men's soccer team began play in the Missouri Valley Conference where they experienced success early and often—winning four Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season Championships and four Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championships in the team's first five years in the conference. The Creighton Soccer program entered a new era in 2003 with the opening of an on-campus soccer facility, the Michael G. Morrison, S.J., Stadium. The men's soccer team continued its success through the 2012 season—winning the team's 12th Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season Championship,13th Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship, and advancing to the College Cup semifinal round for the fifth time. During their time in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Bluejays boasted 12 Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Year, 11 Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Players of the Year, 13 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Most Valuable Players, and 6 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year Awards.
Big East Conference era (2013–present)
On March 20, 2013, the Creighton administration announced that the school would join the Big East Conference in July 2013. In their first season in the conference, the Bluejays finished fifth in regular season play and lost in the first round of the 2013 Big East Men's Soccer Tournament, but did make their 21st appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament.
In 2014, the Creighton men's soccer team clinched the 2014 Big East Conference Regular Season Championship after posting a 7–1–1 conference record and defeating Providence by a score of 3 – 0 in the final regular season game of the year. However, Providence exacted its revenge a week later; beating the Bluejays 1 – 0 and ousting them from the 2014 Big East Men's Soccer Tournament in the Second Round. Despite the loss, Creighton was chosen as the 12th seed in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship with an at-large invitation, giving the team a bye into the Second Round of the Tournament. In the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Bluejays advanced to the Elite 8, or Quarterfinals Round, by defeating Oregon State 1 – 0 in the Second Round, and knocking out conference rival Xavier by a score of 2 – 1 in the Third Round of the Tournament. In the 2014 Elite 8, the men's soccer team played UMBC to a double-overtime scoreless draw before conceding 4 – 5 in a penalty shootout. Creighton ended the 2014 season with a final overall record of 16–3–3.
Since 2003, Creighton has played their home matches on campus at Morrison Stadium, a 6,000-seat soccer-specific stadium, which is named after former university President Fr. Michael Morrison, S.J. The men's soccer team played their first match at the new stadium on August 29, 2003 fighting to a thrilling double-overtime scoreless draw against Butler. The team would have to wait only two days to notch their first victory at their new home grounds, defeating Furman 3–1 on August 31, 2003.
The Creighton men's soccer team has enjoyed significant success at home since its return in to play in 1990. As of 2014, the Bluejays’ home record is 203–35–20 for an impressive winning percentage of .826 since 1990. As of 2014, the men's soccer team, who annually rank among NCAA leaders in attendance for home games, are 101–19–15 (.804) overall and 36–6–3 (.834) in conference play all-time at Morrison Stadium. As of 2014, Creighton is an impressive 71–9–4 (.869) at home all-time in regular-season conference play.
Prior to Bolowich, Jamie Clark led the Bluejays for one season, 2010, in which they compiled a 13–5–2 and returned to the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid after being left out during the 2009 season, breaking a streak of 17 consecutive NCAA appearances.
Prior to Clark's only season at the helm, Creighton has had only two other head coaches since the reinstatement of the program in 1990. They are current Stanford University head coach Bret Simon, who was head coach of Creighton from 1995–2000 and current Penn State head coach Bob Warming, who was head coach of Creighton from 1990–1994 and 2001–2009.
Prior to the team's inactive period, from 1986–1989, the Bluejays were coached by Mark Schmechel from 1979–1980, Wayne Rasmussen from 1981–1982, and Don Klosterman from 1983–1985.
Record by year
|Creighton (Division I Independent) (1979–1985)|
|Creighton (Inactive) (1986–1989)|
|Creighton (Division I Independent) (1990–only)|
|Creighton (Missouri Valley Conference) (1991–2012)|
|1992||Bob Warming||14–3–1||4–0–1||1st||Lost 1st round|
|1993||Bob Warming||19–1–0||5–0–0||1st||Lost 1st round|
|1994||Bob Warming||15–5–1||5–1–0||1st||Lost 2nd round|
|1995||Bret Simon||14–3–1||4–0–1||1st||Lost 1st round|
|1996||Bret Simon||17–5–2||5–0–0||1st||3rd Place|
|1997||Bret Simon||16–5–1||6–1–0||2nd||Lost 2nd round|
|1998||Bret Simon||16–4–2||4–1–2||2nd||Lost Elite 8|
|1999||Bret Simon||11–5–2||5–1–1||2nd||Lost 1st Round|
|2000||Bret Simon||22–4–0||9–2–0||2nd||NCAA Runner-up|
|2001||Bob Warming||11–9–1||6–3–0||3rd (tie)||Lost 1st round|
|2002||Bob Warming||18–4–2||7–1–1||2nd||3rd Place|
|2003||Bob Warming||12–6–4||7–1–1||1st||Lost Elite 8|
|2004||Bob Warming||14–4–2||6–3–0||2nd||Lost Sweet 16|
|2005||Bob Warming||15–5–3||5–2–0||2nd||Lost Elite 8|
|2006||Bob Warming||13–5–3||4–1–1||1st (tie)||Lost 1st round|
|2007||Bob Warming||12–3–5||4–0–2||1st (tie)||Lost Sweet 16|
|2008||Bob Warming||16–2–2||4–0–1||1st||Lost Elite 8|
|2010||Jamie Clark||13–5–2||5–1–1||1st||Lost 2nd round|
|2011||Elmar Bolowich||21–2–1||5–1–0||1st (tie)||3rd Place|
|2012||Elmar Bolowich||18–4–2||5–0–1||1st||3rd Place|
|Creighton (Big East Conference) (2013–present)|
|2013||Elmar Bolowich||9–9–2||4–4–1||5th||Lost 1st round|
|2014||Elmar Bolowich||16–3–3||7–1–1||1st||Lost Elite 8|
|2015||Elmar Bolowich||19–4–0||8–3–0||2nd||Lost Elite 8|
|2016||Elmar Bolowich||13-7-3||5-3-1||Lost 3rd Round|
Postseason invitational champion
Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season Champions (12): 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
NCAA College Cup Runner-Up (1): 2000
Through the years, many Bluejays have gone on to play professionally, and twenty have been named All-Americans for their play at Creighton:
- * = National Player of the Year
- † = Herman Trophy Winner
Current Creighton assistant coach Johnny Torres is the only Creighton player to win the Hermann Trophy, doing so in 1997. The Hermann Trophy is awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the nation's best men's college soccer player.
Former Bluejays in the MLS
- Player (Current Team if Active)
Numerous former Creighton men's soccer players have gone on to play in various professional soccer leagues outside of the MLS—both in the United States, including the United Soccer Leagues and North American Soccer League, and internationally.
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