Creighton men's soccer control its fate in the Big East, but don't expect the Jays to let up

“There’s different expectations here at Creighton. We’re expected to win the Big East,” junior defender Younes Boudadi said. “It keeps everyone on their toes because we know we can’t slip against anyone.”

Creighton begins each conference season with a goal of winning a Big East title, so its players aren’t going to complain about their league performance up to this point.

The Jays (9-3-2, 5-0-1) are in first place — holding a full game lead over Georgetown and Providence.

But they know how easily things can change.

It was just two seasons ago that Creighton went unbeaten in its first five league matches — only to lose three straight, falling from first place to third. And in 2015, the Jays dropped two of their final three games, unable to keep pace with eventual champion Georgetown.

So even though CU’s in a good spot today, it can’t let up. A strong finish is needed.

“We’re still up top — but we still have games left,” junior midfielder Yudai Tashiro said. “We need to win.”

The Jays haven’t clinched a Big East regular-season crown since 2014 — their only league championship since joining the conference in 2013. They can move closer to securing that title on Wednesday, when they host fourth-place Marquette (5-7-1, 3-2-1) for a 7 p.m. match at Morrison Stadium.

But CU’s stumbled a bit lately.

Creighton lost to Akron and drew with Providence last week, going scoreless during 200 combined minutes. The Jays dropped from No. 8 to No. 19 in the coaches poll. They’re currently 37th in the RPI rankings.

CU did solidify a spot in the six-team Big East tournament, but the players are aiming for more. Much more.

“There’s different expectations here at Creighton. We’re expected to win the Big East,” junior defender Younes Boudadi said. “It keeps everyone on their toes because we know we can’t slip against anyone.”

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