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The No. 4 Bluejays suffered their first true road loss of the season at No. 22 Saint Louis on Wednesday night.
Courtesy: Steven Branscombe

No. 4 Men's Soccer Falls 1-0 at No. 22 Saint Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The No. 4 Creighton men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to No. 22 Saint Louis at the Billikens’ Hermann Stadium Wednesday night.

Creighton (5-2-2, 1-0-1 BIG EAST) outshot Saint Louis (6-2-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic 10) 13-8 in the match, but could not get on the scoreboard. The setback snapped the Jays’ program record of five consecutive double-overtime contests.

CU sophomore goalkeeper Connor Sparrow earned his second start as a Bluejay in his hometown of St. Louis. Sparrow made three saves on the evening but fell to 0-1-1 on the year.

SLU had some early scoring chances but Sparrow made a pair of saves to keep the shutout going in the first half. An offside call on CU late in the half negated a potential scoring chance for the Jays.

The squads entered the locker rooms in a 0-0 tie at halftime. The first half was evenly played as Creighton edged Saint Louis 5-4 in shots. SLU attempted two corner kicks while CU attempted one.

Saint Louis player Filip Pavisic was issued a red card just minutes (49:51) into the second half to force the Billikens to play shorthanded the rest of the match.

However SLU scored a shorthanded goal minutes later as Ryan Sweetin found the back of the net off of a goal kick from over 20 yards out. The Billikens’ goal was the first allowed by Creighton to a team with 10 or fewer players on the pitch since SIU Edwardsville posted one on Oct. 30, 2010.

SLU goalkeeper Nick Shackelford earned the win to improve to 6-2-0 on the year.

Creighton returns to conference action this weekend by hosting fellow BIG EAST newcomer Xavier. The Jays and Musketeers will play at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 5 inside Morrison Stadium.

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