STORY BY ADAM ROGAN
The Drake Bulldogs nearly shocked the undefeated, no. 1 Creighton Bluejays on Tuesday.
Junior Mueng Sunday’s 45th minute goal put Drake on top 1-0, but two goals in the final 15 minutes gave Creighton the win.
On paper it looked as though Drake was dominated by the best team in the country, except for in one category. Drake held the advantage for time in the lead, on top for 34 minutes as compared to Creighton’s 11. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Creighton held the lead at the end of the 90th minute, the only time when it really matters.
As time wound down at the end of the first half Drake senior Alex Troester took a corner kick that was nearly cleared by Creighton’s defense. Sunday corralled the ball and sent a perfectly executed chip shot over the Bluejays’ goalie and into the net to put Drake on top 1-0.
Sunday has been hot for the Bulldogs over the past month. His five assists lead the Missouri Valley Conference, all of which came in the last five games, and now has a goal as well. This gives him a point total of seven, tying him with midfielder James Wypych for most on the Bulldogs.
The Bluejays managed to tie the match up in the 79th minute thanks to an effort play delivered by midfielder Timor Pitter. He fired a shot on goal only to have it blocked by Drake goalie Darrin MacLeod, one of his six saves in the half, but Pitter collected the rebound and put it into the back of the net.
Just over five minutes later the Bluejays took the lead, again off of a rebound.
After MacLeod deflected a shot from Bluejay midfielder Fernando Castellanos Creighton’s Vincent Keller took control of the loose ball and passed it to teammate Ricky Lopez-Espin who proceeded to score the deciding goal of the match.
Credit must be given to the Bluejays’ defense for only allowing one shot on goal throughout the match. Creighton’s offense, on the other hand, recorded 10 shots on goal and an additional 18 shots not on target.
MacLeod made eight saves in the match, a season-high for the redshirt junior.
The loss still snapped a four game win streak for the Bulldogs, but they are looking to turn that around this Saturday at Central Arkansas.