Oct. 6, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – In the program’s first ever meeting with visiting Creighton, the Seton Hall women’s soccer team sustained its second consecutive 1-0 loss on Sunday, falling to the Bluejays on a second-half goal from Kirstyn Corder.
Despite not finding the back of the net, the Pirates (4-7-2, 2-2-0) were not without quality chances on the afternoon.
Senior forward Katie Ritter (Hagerstown, Md.) was at the center of a number of those opportunities, routinely slicing through the Creighton backline. In the 17th minute, Ritter narrowly missed putting The Hall on top as she was in on goal with only CU keeper Danielle Rice to beat but her shot skipped wide of the left post.
Though they controlled much of the possession and outshot the Bluejays in the period, the Pirates couldn’t find the final touch and the first half ended with the teams all square at 0-0.
Shortly after the restart, Ritter again found herself in space in the Jays’ area but Rice was there to make the save and keep the score level.
In the 63rd minute, Creighton moved ahead after midfielder Madelyn Buckner swung a ball in from deep in the right corner that found its way through the box and the Seton Hall defense and onto the foot of Corder. Corder, who entered the game as one of the BIG EAST leaders in goals, played it first-time and was able to sneak her shot by a diving Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.) and inside the left post for her seventh score of the season.
Five minutes later, junior Angie Shehaj (East Brunswick, N.J.) kept working after her initial shot was blocked and eventually got another crack off a feed from Ashley Clarke (Paramus, N.J.) but her attempt curled right into the waiting hands of Rice.
Pettigrew made two stops to keep the Pirates within one goal, leading to Seton Hall’s most furious push to equalize. In the 78th
minute, The Hall totaled two shots and two corner kicks in quick succession as the Creighton net was under fire. The first header from Ritter beat Rice but was denied by the crossbar. 30 seconds later, Ritter directed another header towards goal that forced Rice to dive to the turf to touch it away.
With less than seven minutes to play, Ritter would get one last shot at picking up a deserved goal and pulling the Pirates even. Streaking down the right side, she pushed the ball into the Bluejays area and ran into a shot that ultimately trickled outside the left post.
Creighton (9-3-1, 2-1-1) recorded the only shot in the final five minutes and was able to close out their second-straight conference win after topping Providence, 3-2, on Thursday for their first-ever BIG EAST victory.
The defeat was the first in seven home matches for Seton Hall this season. SHU had won three-consecutive home contests heading into Sunday, including two during the opening weekend of league play.
The Seton Hall defense continues to play at a high level as a Creighton team that was averaging over 2.5 goals-per-game coming in was limited to four shots on net. The Hall has now allowed one goal or less in six of its last seven outings.
Pettigrew finished with three saves.
Seton Hall will look to get back in the win column on Saturday, October 12 when they travel to Cincinnati to take on Xavier. Start-time is set for 3:00 p.m.