The No. 24 Creighton men's soccer team won its second straight overtime thriller in a 3-2 road victory over Princeton at the Tigers' Roberts Stadium Tuesday evening, broadcast live nationally on ESPNU.
With the score tied at 2-2, Creighton goalkeeper Alex Bolowich made a crucial save on a Princeton penalty kick in the 84th minute that kept the match tied late in regulation.
In the first overtime session, the Bluejays capitalized on that effort. Junior Benito Amaral scored his first goal at CU off an assist from senior Jose Gomez, his third of the contest, in the 96th minute to help the Jays edge the Tigers in dramatic fashion.
With the win, Creighton moves to 8-3-2 overall and 3-1-1 on the road this season. After the loss Princeton dropped to 5-4-1 overall.
Princeton struck first in game to lead 1-0 as Tiger Myles McGinley scored off of a long throw-in during the ninth minute. That score halted the Bluejays' opponent scoreless streak at 320:49.
Junior Sean Kim entered the game as a substitution at 17:13 of the first half and then tied the match just over seven minutes later. Off of a pass from Gomez, Kim lifted the ball over the Tiger goalkeeper Seth MacMillan to knot the score at 1-1. The score marked Kim's fourth of the year as he took sole possession of the team's goal lead.
After halftime, the Bluejays took the lead in the 55th minute of the game. Sophomore Jose Ribas headed in his third goal of the year off of a centering pass from Gomez to give the Jays a 2-1 advantage.
The Jays' lead did not last for long as Princeton's Matt Sanner scored less than a minute later off of a penalty kick to tie the game at 2-2.
The Tigers' best chance for a third goal came late in regulation when Bolowich made a save on Sanner's second penalty kick of the game.
Gomez earned the assist on all three Creighton goals, the first Bluejay to accomplish the feat since Seth Sinovic helped on three scores at Eastern Illinois on Nov. 8, 2008.
Creighton recorded seven shots on goal while Princeton also sent in seven at the net. The Jays led in corner kicks with an 8-6 advantage.
The Bluejays will look to extend their shutout streak of Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) opponents to 10 straight games this weekend.
Creighton returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 13, when it visits MVC foe Central Arkansas at 1 p.m. (CT).