Creighton’s goal-scoring substitute insists there’s nothing too out of the ordinary about his routine on the bench.

But something’s working. Because for the second time in three games, redshirt freshman Dominic Briggs guided home a goal on his first touch of the night.

He did it at North Carolina in the season opener. And it happened again Friday — Briggs’ score in the 37th minute gave CU a two-goal lead on No. 21 Akron (0-3) and proved to be the game-winner in a 2-1 victory before 4,818 fans at Morrison Stadium.

“I try to come on the field and bring a lot of energy,” Briggs said. “I just happen to be in the right spots when I get in. Props to my teammates for giving me the ball.”

Midfielders Kuba Polat and Charles Auguste certainly deserve credit for helping to create the chance. Polat’s quick pass upfield landed at Auguste’s feet. Auguste rolled a ball past Akron’s back line and into the box.

But Briggs had to finish.

He did so, rather cleverly. Already used to getting shoved, bumped and shouldered by bullish Division I defenders, Briggs sidestepped the would-be contact as he approached the ball Friday. He hopped behind the defender, shifting from that guy’s left shoulder to his right. Then he scooted the ball just inside the far post for the goal.

“We have a saying here that we want to make sure that the level’s elevated when you come on,” Creighton coach Johnny Torres said. “You come on off the bench, you’ve got to give us a push, you’ve got to give us an energy boost. I thought our bench did that.”

It’s certainly Briggs’ objective.

He said he’s found that the anticipation and excitement keeps him from staying seated in one spot. He’ll stretch, and he’ll chat with the team’s strength coach and he’ll holler encouragement to his teammates on the field.

Nothing special. You stay engaged until your number’s called, Briggs said.

That was almost a given Friday, in Creighton’s first home match of the year. And just before entering, he and the Jays (1-1-1) got an emotional jolt when senior Ziyad Fares guided a deflected ball into the back of the net to give CU a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute.

Briggs got in three minutes later. He had his goal within 60 seconds.

“I have no words. It’s unbelievable,” Briggs said after the match. “Playing before a big crowd like this, it’s good to have this energy, this crowd cheering for us. It’s just amazing.”

Creighton’s win was its first of the season following last weekend’s tough results. The Jays drew with No. 20 North Carolina in the opener before falling to No. 1 Wake Forest on Sunday.

CU will return to action Monday when it hosts Columbia.

Akron (0-3)...................1 0—1

Creighton (1-1-1)...........2 0—2

Goals: CU, Fares, Briggs; UA, Lue Young.

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