The Omaha Creighton Prep product who evened Wednesday’s match with a perfectly placed free kick midway through the second half didn’t take the field against his hometown team with a plan to score.

But as soon as the referee placed the ball just outside the right edge of the box, senior defender Peter Schropp had an idea.

He hadn’t taken a free kick for Georgetown in his four-year career. He was goalless coming into Wednesday’s regular-season finale.

There was something about that moment, though. It’s the stadium he visited regularly as a kid. He had family in the stands. Plus, his team needed a spark.

Schropp asked midfielder Kyle Zajec what he thought.

“I went up to him, I’m like, ‘do you think I should just hit this?’ ” Schropp said. “And he was like, ‘get on the ball, Peter.’ ”

Schropp made the most of his chance.

His 20-yard strike tied the match in the 65th minute. The Hoyas (10-4-3, 6-2-1 Big East) then won three minutes into overtime when a corner kick bounced at the feet of sophomore Derek Dodson, who guided the winner past keeper Paul Kruse.

It was a stunning defeat for the Bluejays (11-4-2, 7-1-1), who hadn’t lost a Big East match all year. They earned the league’s regular-season crown outright Saturday — so they’ll be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament next week. But the result will serve as a reminder that there are some vulnerabilities for CU to address.

No. 14 Creighton has surrendered too many throw-ins, free kicks and corner kicks lately, coach Elmar Bolowich said. He indicated that defending with discipline has been a point of emphasis. DePaul nearly came back Saturday because CU didn’t manage the game well enough late, Bolowich said.

“I think we struggled through our games more than actually being in control, and (Wednesday) it finally caught up with us,” he said. “They were opportunistic and they deserved to win the game.”

The Hoyas couldn’t have done it without Schropp’s strike.

He hit it low with his left foot, curled it around the Jays’ five-man wall and buried it into the far corner of the net. A couple of teammates patted Schropp on the back as he stood along the sideline after the match, watching a replay of the kick on his dad’s phone.

The goal was big, yes. But the comeback was a reflection of the team’s resiliency, Schropp said. Now they have to build off it.

“We just told ourselves at halftime that there’s 2,000 fans here that don’t want you to win,” he said. “It’s just us — 24 people in this locker room that are going to win this game. We came together.”

Sven Koenig scored his Big East-leading 10th goal of the season in the 25th minute for Creighton, which honored its six seniors — Mitch LaGro, Joel Rydstrand, Akeem Ward, Koenig, Anthony Macchione and Jack Robinson — prior to the match.

Schropp and the Hoyas could be back in Omaha in 10 days. If CU and Georgetown both win Wednesday, they’ll meet for the league tournament title Nov. 11 at Morrison Stadium.

Georgetown (10-4-3, 6-2-1)..........0 1 1—2

At Creighton (11-4-2, 7-1-1)..........1 0 0—1

Goals: G, Schropp (1), Dodson (9). CU, Koenig (10)

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