PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Creighton men’s soccer team dropped its opening match of the Big East tournament, falling 2-1 Tuesday to Providence.
Fifth-seeded Creighton (9-8-2, 4-4-1) was playing without two of its top three scorers. The Jays were without freshman Fabian Herbers and junior Jose Ribas, who served one-game suspensions after each incurred their fifth yellow card of the season in Friday’s loss to the Friars.
Providence (12-4-2, 6-3-0) got its first goal with 10 seconds remaining before halftime, as Wilder Arboleda scored his third of the season to put the Friars up 1-0.
Providence pushed its lead to 2-0 in the 64th minute when Dominik Machado connected on his second goal of the season.
Creighton cut the Friars’ lead to 2-1 in the 87th minute as Eric DeJulio scored his second goal of the season off a corner kick by Bruno Castro. But Providence held off the Jays in the final minutes to secure the victory.
Creighton will learn its postseason fate when the NCAA tournament field is announced Monday morning.
Creighton (9-8-2, 4-4-1) ............. 0 1—1
At Providence (12-4-2, 6-3-0) ... 1 1—2
Goals: CU, DeJulio. PC, Arboleda, Machado.