A soccer season that began with great promise is slipping into salvage mode for Creighton.
A team that was ranked No. 1 in the country in mid-September finds itself battling to become one of the six teams to qualify for the Big East tournament.
The Bluejays remain a strong contender for a spot in the 48-team NCAA tournament despite five losses in the past seven games. Creighton's official NCAA RPI is still 16th, but the Bluejays need to keep from slipping up in their remaining three regular-season games, starting with Wednesday's home game against Drake.
Creighton brings a 7-6-2 record into the 7 p.m. nonconference match at Morrison Stadium against its former Missouri Valley rivals. The Bulldogs are 8-5-3, and a victory over the Bluejays would polish an RPI that sits at 50.
Drake is 3-0-1 in its last four matches and has allowed just three goals in that span.
Creighton will close its home season Saturday with a conference game against DePaul before wrapping up the regular season Nov. 8 at Providence.
The Bluejays are fifth in the league standings with 10 points, but three teams — Butler, Villanova and Seton Hall — are tied for sixth with nine points.