DePaul Taken Down by Shots From a Guy Named Jordan
Sept. 11, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - DePaul just didn't have any answers for a guy named Jordan on Saturday night.
Brian Jordan scored both goals on headers in Creighton's 2-0 victory over the Blue Demons before an enthusiastic Morrison Stadium crowd of 2,603.
"Creighton (4-0-0) has done well on re-starts this year, and it showed again tonight," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "The first goal coming in the second minute of the game set the tone.
"But we did well to fight back."
In the 34th minute, the Blue Demons thought they had tied the match on John Jandl's shot into the net after a deflected corner kick.
But a referee's whistle nullified the shot, and a foul inside the penalty box was assessed on the Bluejays.
Willy Lara's penalty kick was saved by Creighton goalkeeper Brian Holt.
"It was a bang-bang play when the referee made that call," Blazer said. "Getting that goal would have given the game a new shape. We would've been headed off in a new direction."
It turns out this Jordan guy wasn't through.
The sophomore midfielder from Naperville Central struck again in the second half---once again being set up by Jose Gomez. Jordan's first header score came off Gomez's 35-yard free kick and turned out to be the game-winner.
In the 62nd minute, Gomez lofted a corner kick to Jordan, who headed in his second goal of the season 12 yards from the net.
"We got beat by a local guy," Blazer said. "Jordan plays for the Sockers FC in Naperville.
"Our players learned a lot of lessons being on the big stage like tonight. We need to find more ways to score and ways to have success against quality teams."
DePaul (1-2-1) was the fourth-straight shutout victim for Creighton, which has opened the 2010 season with a scoreless string of 360 minutes.
Blazer is hoping his offense loosens up on Wednesday when the Blue Demons welcome cross-town rival Loyola to the first men's soccer match at the new Wish Field at Cacciatore Stadium.
"Beginning on Wednesday, we'll have three-straight games at home," Blazer said. "It's very exciting playing in a new stadium.
"This facility is a reflection on our athletic department and our alumni---all the dedication they have for the future of this program. The new stadium is a huge step in the right direction."
NOTES: Blazer said the team departs Omaha Sunday morning and hopes coaches and players will attend the women's soccer match against Drake at 1 p.m.---the first athletic contest to be held at the new stadium... Creighton outshot DePaul 13-8 and had three shots on goal to one for the Blue Demons... Alex Mangan took four shots, Matt Leinauer had two and Willy Lara and Stephen Korosis had one apiece... Lara had DePaul's lone shot on goal with the penalty kick... Leinauer, John Jandl, Andre Gutierrez and Austin Toth played all 90 minutes... on the season, Mangan, Leinauer and Antonio Aguilar each have one goal... Lara and freshmen Ray De Leon and Art Garza each have one assist... Mangan leads the team with 10 shots while Leinauer has seven, Aguilar five, De Leon four and Gutierrez three... Leinauer has five shots on goal, Aguilar three and Mangan, De Leon and Garza have two apiece... opponents have outscored DePaul 5-3, outshot the Blue Demons 56-36 and have 22 shots on goal to 15 for DePaul... goalkeeper Joe Ferrari has 16 saves and a 1.18 goals-against average.