It kind of sounds like Elmar Bolowich is talking about the spring weather in Omaha when he says it.
Actually, the Creighton men’s soccer coach is describing his team’s exhibition season play.
“Lukewarm,” Bolowich said.
The Bluejays’ spring slate continues Saturday when they host future league mate Marquette at 7 p.m. at Morrison Stadium in an exhibition match that caps the Kicks for the Cure event, a day of soccer at Creighton to raise breast cancer awareness.
The finale comes after a pair of high school games and a 4:30 p.m. match between the CU women and Western Illinois.
“We’re all looking forward to it,” Bolowich said. “Soccer is still a small fraternity-sorority in our country. I think the more we can integrate high school or club players, the better off we are. I just think this is the ideal environment.”
It’s the eighth annual event that raises funds for Liz’s Legacy, named for the late Liz Karnes, a former Omaha Westside school board member. In the past seven years, more than $1.1 million has been raised through the event.
Bolowich said he’s looking forward to the event, — and the chance to play.
The Bluejays split their other two matches this spring — against UNO and Bellevue — and finish the exhibition season with a trip to Denver and a matchup with New Mexico next weekend.
“We’re just looking forward to any opportunity to play a game,” Bolowich said. “I think anything in the spring where we can put some meaning into it is a good thing. Obviously you want to win every game, but in the spring, that’s not our primary focus. This is obviously a very meaningful event. So we’re delighted to be doing it.”
Creighton’s coach downplayed the story line of future Big East foes getting an early glimpse of one another. He said the Jays will look at different roles and more players, saying he would “experiment with some things.”
Part of that can also be attributed to injuries. Bolowich said he wouldn’t be exactly sure what he’d have available until closer to the game.
“We don’t even know if we have a healthy 11 together. We have a bunch of guys banged up.”
The day’s two high school games feature each of the returning Class A state champions. Competition starts with an 11 a.m. match between top-ranked Omaha Marian, the 2012 girls champion, and No. 6 Omaha Westside. At about 1:30 p.m. is a rematch of last year’s boys title game between defending champion Omaha Creighton Prep — ranked No. 3 this season — and sixth-ranked Omaha Westside.
Prep co-coach Jim Swanson said his team was also looking forward to the event.
“We’re excited just to play at Morrison,” Swanson said. “It’s a wonderful facility, and this is a fantastic event.”
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