Creighton goalkeeper Alex Bolowich returned to practice Tuesday on a limited basis and has a chance to play in Friday's game against Columbia, coach Elmar Bolowich said.
Alex Bolowich suffered a sprained ankle late in the first half of Sunday's win over Cal Poly. Sophomore Connor Sparrow took over in the second half and finished off the 3-0 victory that left the Bluejays 2-0 after the opening week of the season.
Coach Bolowich said his son visited the doctor on Tuesday.
“We wanted to get it checked out,” the coach said. “Now, depending on how he looks in the week of practice, it will determine what we do on the weekend.”
Bolowich posted a shutout in Creighton's season-opening win over then-No. 14 Tulsa, then tacked on 45 more scoreless minutes against Cal Poly in taking a 1-0 lead into halftime. Sparrow, a transfer from Missouri-Kansas City, finished off the shutout, recording one save in the final 45 minutes.
“We knew all along that Connor was a competent keeper,” Elmar Bolowich said.
The two wins enabled Creighton to vault four spots from sixth to second in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The Bluejays received five first-place votes and trail only North Carolina. The No. 2 ranking is their highest in the NSCAA poll since 2011.
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The Bluejays also were ranked No. 1 by College Soccer News, No. 2 by Soccer America and No. 7 by TopDrawer Soccer.
Elmar Bolowich's reaction? Whoopee.
“No celebrating here,” he said. “We have too much work to do.”
Overall, Bolowich was encouraged by his team's play in the opening two matches.
“We got two shutouts against quality opponents,” he said. “The goals we scored were nice goals, and I thought the freshmen and the new players we used integrated themselves well in what we were trying to do.
“Now, we need to get better. We're still struggling with parts of the game. Our pressing is hot and cold. Our possession play was not consistent. If those two things don't fall into place, you struggle with your rhythm.”