[CREIGHTON-USF]Ethan Finlay's golden goal in the 97th minute gave No. 2 Creighton a 1-0 win over No. 7 seed South Florida Sunday afternoon at Morrison Stadium. The victory moves the Bluejays into the NCAA Division I semifinals for the fourth time and their first time since 2002. It also sends Creighton coachElmar Bolowich to his fourth straight Men's College Cup. He went to the final four the last three years with North Carolina, which will also be in Hoover, Ala.
Just minutes after Finlay just missed perhaps his best scoring chance of the match, he got another opportunity when Andrew Ribeiro's shot from outside the 18-yard box deflected off of a USF defender and right to him. The two-time Missouri Valley Player of the Year turned and fired, scoring 14th goal of the season and sixth career NCAA Tournament goal, which tied him with Brian Mullan and Mike Tranchilla for the school record.
Senior goalkeeper Brian Holt stopped three shots, all from Big East Offensive Player of the Year Dom Dwyer to set an NCAA record with his 43rd career shutout.
The victory preserved the second perfect home season in school history, as the Bluejays finished 14-0-0 in Omaha.
This match was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but it was postponed following heavy snowfall throughout Saturday in Omaha. Field crews worked all night to clear the field and have it ready for a Sunday afternoon kickoff.
Still, temperatures dipped into the 20s during the game.
Dec. 4 in Omaha, Neb.
Creighton 1 South Florida 0. Goal: Finlay 14 (Ribeiro) 97.
Creighton --Holt, Polak, Miller, Acoff, Castro, Jordan, Duran, Peters, Ribeiro, Gomez, Finlay. Subs: Clark, Ribas, Kelly, Kallman,
USF --Blais, Perry, Griffiths, Sweat, Fairclough, Olali, Paul, Nicholls, Thuriere, Charpie, Dwyer. Subs: Salinas, Alexis, Baldin, Benestad, Alterio.
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic.