Milwaukee And Creighton Battle To Scoreless Draw In Opener
Aug. 17, 2014
MILWAUKEE - Junior Agustin Rey and sophomore Liam Anderson combined to make nine saves in helping the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's soccer team to a shutout against Creighton University Sunday afternoon at Engelmann Stadium.
The Panthers and Bluejays, each coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013 and each receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Preseason Top 25 this year, were opening the exhibition season today. No overtime periods were played in the 0-0 final.
"I think it's a good result against a very good program," Milwaukee head coach Kris Kelderman said. "Creighton has a great tradition and they are a nationally-ranked program. We knew that coming out today was going to be a tough game. We have a number of new players - a lot of them are freshmen and they just had to adapt to the pace of the game. We had a tough time dealing with their pressure and speed of play for the first half an hour. After that, and later in the second half, I thought we were much better. I am very pleased with our performance today."
Each UWM keeper played half of the game, with Rey making six stops in the second half. He was tested a handful of times in the first 10 minutes after halftime and also made a spectacular save late in the contest to keep Creighton off the scoreboard.
Anderson, the regular goalkeeper a season ago, got the start and played the opening 45 minutes, recording three stops of his own.
Creighton came out and certainly carried the run of play early and held a large advantage in time of possession at the half. The Panthers, replacing their entire back line of defense from a season ago, held tight and played well. The Jays outshot UWM by an 8-4 count in the first 45 minutes, but just three of the shots were on target.
"Our defense is a work in progress," Kelderman said. "We lost four starting defenders from last year, so we have some guys that are stepping in and playing different spots and playing some substantial roles for the first time. I thought the back line was very good today."
Senior Laurie Bell, named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list and a member of the Top Drawer Soccer Preseason First-Team Best XI last week, accounted for five of Milwaukee's eight shots on the day.
He nearly opened the scoring in the 35th minute, controlling a ball in the box and angling a smash past the keeper, but the ball went off the crossbar.
In the 43rd minute, junior Declan Rodriguez redirected a corner kick from freshman Petter Ingebrigtsen back to Bell at the near post, only to see the short shot controlled with a nice save from Connor Sparrow, who was credited with three saves in the contest.
Rey made the stop of the game late, sprinting back after coming off his line to push a long-range attempt just over the bar in the 84th.
Bell had one last opportunity in the 88th minute, but his header off a Luke Goodnetter free kick was saved comfortably.
Team totals on the day included a 16-8 advantage for Creighton in shots, including 9-3 in shots on goal. Each team had six corner kicks on the day, with UWM whistled for 15 of the 26 fouls.
The exhibition season continues Thursday, with UWM welcoming Parkside for a 5 p.m. start.