Creighton played even with one of the top teams in the country for 110 minutes on Wednesday, a performance that the Jays hope can propel them on a postseason run.

CU earned the No. 4 seed in this year’s Big East tournament. It’ll host No. 5 seed Butler (10-6-1) for a 7 p.m. quarterfinal match Saturday at Morrison Stadium.

It’s a must-win game for the Bluejays, whose season likely ends with a loss. But they’re playing with confidence now, particularly after they hung tough in a 1-1 draw at No. 3 Georgetown.

“If we can perform this way now, then we can do it for the rest of the postseason,” CU senior defender Bryce Gibson said. “And especially having a home game, to carry that mentality here and to have the extra gusto of the home crowd and everyone we have supporting us here — it’s a great opportunity, for sure.”

The last time the Bluejays (8-6-2) played at home, they beat Butler 2-1 in double overtime. That was last weekend. Now they’ll have to do it again.

The Bulldogs have been playing well of late, too, finishing the year with six wins and a draw in their final nine matches. They’re ranked No. 32 in this week’s RPI (CU is No. 51).

“It’s definitely very difficult in the sport of soccer, to play a team in successive weeks and to get a result two times in a row,” CU coach Johnny Torres said. “Nonetheless, we’re going to come out with the same approach. We’re going to battle.”

If Creighton wins, it would face the top-seeded Hoyas in the semifinal next week. The Big East title game is set for Nov. 17.

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