Creighton soccer player Eric Miller is looking forward to the Bluejays’ first Big East road trip.
"It should be better than some of the Valley trips we used to make,’’ said Miller, suppressing a smile. “I know a couple of guys on Georgetown’s team, so it’s going to be fun to see them.
“Georgetown went to the final four last season, so we know they will be a quality team.’’
The third-ranked Bluejays square off against the Hoyas in a meeting of two of last year’s College Cup teams. Creighton lost its semifinal match to Indiana, and the Hoosiers knocked off Georgetown in the championship game.
The Hoyas and Bluejays were picked 1-2 in the league’s preseason poll, and have generally played up to expectations. Creighton brings a 5-1-1 record into the noon CDT match in Washington, D.C., and claimed its inaugural conference matchup with St. John’s a week ago in Omaha.
Georgetown is 6-2 and ranked 12th heading into its conference opener. The Hoyas have posted five shutouts and rank ninth nationally in shutout percentage at 0.63.
Asked what he knows about the Hoyas, Creighton coach Elmar Bolowich said, “It’s homecoming for them, they’ll throw big parties, they’re psyched that they didn’t play a midweek game, they love that we went into overtime. They’ll greet us really well.’’
Creighton did play a midweek match, battling Michigan State to a 2-2 double-overtime tie at home on Tuesday. The match was the fourth straight double-overtime contest for the Bluejays, meaning they have played almost the equivalent of five games the past four.
Bolowich used 15 players against the Spartans.
“You have to try to manage your energy a little, especially with a team like Georgetown coming up,’’ he said. “We tried to preserve our legs with this stretch we have coming up.’’
Miller said the grind could have a silver lining for the Bluejays, who have played a minimum of four substitutes in each of their seven games.
“Hopefully this will help us toward the end of the year when we get into the tournament,’’ he said. “It’s going to help our fitness, and building our depth is huge. Elmar has done a good job of bringing in a lot of good players.
“As long as we can keep getting guys to come in and give us 15 or 20 minutes when guys are getting gassed, it’s good. It’s a long season, and we’re going to need guys stepping up in every game.’’