After going two straight games without a goal, Creighton coach Elmar Bolowich decided his lineup needed some tweaking against Marquette on Wednesday.

Ziyad Fares and Sven Koenig, normally starters, each scored a goal off the bench and Joel Rydstrand assisted on both after moving to the front line as the No. 19 Bluejays knocked off the Golden Eagles 2-1 at Morrison Stadium.

The win clinched a top-four spot in the Big East standings and a conference tournament home game.

Fares snapped the Bluejays’ scoreless streak at 227:10 in the 21st minute, and Koenig’s goal came in the 80th minute, 34 seconds after the Golden Eagles tied the match.

Bolowich said it wasn’t as much Fares and Koenig losing their starting spots as it was trying to get Creighton out of its offensive funk.

“I thought it was good because moving Joel up a line gave us more energy in the front,” Bolowich said. “It was time for a rotation. We were a little bit stale. We didn’t score a goal in the last two games.

“We weren’t threatening. We didn’t test the other team’s keeper. We just needed to mix it up a little bit and give guys some rest.”

Rydstrand said he thought the chemistry and creativity up front between him and Koenig or Luke Haakenson was working well.

“We had been shut out in the last two games, so we thought we needed some new energy and some new personnel out there, so we just tried it out,” Rydstrand said.

The Bluejays (10-3-2, 6-0-1 Big East) controlled possession in the first half and led 1-0 with a 12-3 shot advantage.

“The first half was pretty dominant,” Bolowich said. “What was missing was that second goal.”

The Golden Eagles (5-8-1, 3-3-1) tied it in the 80th minute on a free kick from 30 yards out by Josh Coan.

A wave of Marquette attackers surged toward the goal, and Leo Villa was able to get his head on the ball and put it past keeper Paul Kruse to make it 1-1.

But Koenig answered 34 seconds later with his conference-leading eighth goal of the season.

Rydstrand said it was important for the Bluejays to answer immediately.

“It always shuts them down if you can respond quick,” Rydstrand said. “You know, they kind of get the momentum a little bit, but if we can shove it right back to them, it gives us a little more time and space to get the victory.

“I think we really needed to not play an overtime this game so we can rest for DePaul on Saturday.”

Koenig said getting the second goal to help earn the win was crucial.

“I think it was a great counter especially after we conceded the goal that we showed good mentality by coming right off the kickoff and putting pressure on them,” Koenig said.

Creighton maintains its three-point lead in the Big East. Georgetown, which bested Providence 2-1 Wednesday, is tied for second in the conference.

Marquette (5-8-1, 3-3-1).............0 1—1

At Creighton (10-3-2, 6-0-1)........1 1—2

Goals: 1, CU, Ziyad Fares (Luke Haakenson, Joel Rydstrand) 20:27. 2, MU, Leo Villa (Josh Coan) 79:25. 3, CU, Sven Koenig (Rydstrand) 79:59.

Shots: MU 7, CU 17. Shots on goal: MU 4, CU 9. Saves: MU, Luis Barraza 7. CU, Paul Kruse 3. Fouls: MU, 8. CU, 11. A: 1,457

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