Men’s soccer falls 2-0 to No. 1 Creighton

By Christopher Loggins

Men’s soccer fell to 4-2-0 Tuesday after a 2-0 loss to Creighton (7-0-0), which snapped a three-game winning streak for the Huskies.

Senior goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser made seven saves in the first period, closing a ton of the Bluejays’ opportunties to take NIU out of the game. Creighton was able to outshoot the Huskies throughout the period, but to no avail as neither team was able to pick up a goal. NIU picked up six fouls in the period versus the Bluejays who picked up 10.

Things remained close in the second period until the 61st minute, when Creighton broke the 0-0 tie on a goal by senior midfielder Timo Pitter — his first of the year. He was assisted on the play by sophomore midfielder Lucas Stauffer. The Bluejays scored again on a penalty kick goal by junior forward Fabian Herbers 20 minutes later, and NIU was only able to get one shot off in the last eight minutes of play, effectively giving it the 2-0 loss.

“We knew how the game was going to unfold and there isn’t anything most teams in the country can do about it,” said NIU head coach Eric Luzzi, according to an NIU Athletics news release. “They are an outstanding team and we knew they would have a lot of the ball. We trained for it, we were prepared for it, and yes they had a lot of shots. But in terms of dangerous chances, they didn’t have that many.”

Andrew Glaeser made a career-high 12 saves in the losing effort, with seven in the first half and five in the second.

“Andrew was fantastic tonight,” Luzzi said, according to NIU Athletics. “He was averaging one save a game coming in, and a lot of that has been because our team has been very stout defensively, and tonight he upped his average quite a bit. He was fantastic tonight.”

The win gave the Bluejays their seventh win in a row, and the team remains undefeated this season. Creighton has scored 13 goals on the season and has only given up one goal through seven games.

The Huskies will look to bounce back next week as they play Eastern Illinois at 3 p.m. on Sept. 29 in Charleston, Ill.