Mitch LaGro Creighton

Creighton senior Mitch LaGro reacts after missing a penalty kick during a 12-round shootout against Marquette. The Jays failed to earn an NCAA tournament berth for the second straight season.

The 2018 Creighton men’s soccer season, which began with such promise, ended on a sour note Monday when the selection committee did not award CU an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

It’s the second straight year the Jays have failed to make the 48-team field. They qualified for the NCAA tournament 24 times in 25 seasons from 1992 to 2016.

This year’s CU squad, particularly early on, looked capable of making a postseason run.

The Jays spent most of the season ranked inside the coaches Top 25 poll and rose as high as No. 8. They won six straight matches at one point. They earned their first Big East regular-season title in four years.

But Creighton squandered its chances against the best teams on its schedule. The Jays produced an 0-3-1 record against the RPI top 50. Their own RPI ranking was No. 30 before they fell in a penalty shootout to Marquette in the Big East tournament semifinals.

CU also won just two of its final six matches — four of which were at home. The Jays knew going into Monday that their postseason fate was in doubt.

“It’s out of our hands,” coach Elmar Bolowich said last week.

Georgetown was the only Big East team that earned an NCAA tournament bid.

Creighton finished with an 11-4-3 overall record.

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