The goal that snapped Creighton’s two-match scoreless streak Wednesday was the result of the exact collaborative approach the Bluejays are hoping to recreate every night.

Five players touched the ball in the attacking third, combining to create what senior Joel Rydstrand said was one of the team’s best goals of the year during Creighton’s 2-1 win over Marquette.

Senior Akeem Ward sprinted along the left sideline to distract the defense after passing upfield to freshman Daniel Espeleta. That helped clear a path for Espeleta, who hesitated for a moment before turning sharply and dribbling into the middle of the pitch. Espeleta soon found Rydstrand, who tapped the ball to Haakenson at the edge of the 6-yard box.

Instead of trying to shoot past a converging goalkeeper, Haakenson calmly rolled a pass to his right so an open junior Ziyad Fares could easily convert the goal.

“(It) was actually one of the better goals we’ve scored as a team this year,” Rydstrand said.

Senior Sven Koenig’s game-winner had an element of unselfishness, too. Rydstrand passed up a shot attempt and instead laid one off for Koenig on the far post. Koenig finished it well.

“Both goals were great team efforts,” Koenig said.

The Jays (10-3-2, 6-0-1 Big East) will need more of the same at DePaul (5-7-3, 2-3-2) on Saturday, in what will be their second-to-last regular-season match of the year. They had gone winless in the two matches prior to Wednesday’s Marquette win — losing 1-0 to Akron and drawing 0-0 with Providence.

Creighton, sitting atop the Big East standings, ranks second during league play with 13 goals.

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