OMAHA – For the second year in a row, the University of Pennsylvania ran into some weather issues on its early season road trip, waiting out a nearly 90-minute lightning delay before commencing its contest at No. 14 Creighton.
Once soccer got underway, the Red and Blue played the first half hour of the match right with the host Bluejays before a late first-half bounce went Creighton’s way and altered the course of the match,
The Bluejays struck first in the 31st minute, benefitting from a home-field bounce off a set piece to open the scoring. Peter Prescott had the first goal, deflecting in a Lucas Stauffer shot from the top of the box. The original offering from Stauffer was not of any heightened danger, but it struck Prescott on the way by and banged off the post and in for a 1-0 Bluejays lead.
In the second half, The Bluejays scored twice in a span of 2:37 to break open the game – each goal coming from Joel Rystrand. His first was a well-struck ball to the far post in the 50th minute, just evading the stretch of Etan Mabourakh and just inside the far post. In the 53rd minute, Rystrand took a pass at the top of the box and quickly sent it to the back of the goal for a 3-0 Creighton advantage.
Shots were 12-9 in favor of Creighton, and 6-2 in terms of shots on goal. Alec Neumann had three shots for the Red and Blue.
The Red and Blue conclude their trip to Omaha with a 3 p.m. match at Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday.