TULSA, Okla. — The Creighton men’s soccer team allowed two goals during the final five minutes and fell 2-1 to Tulsa at the Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Bluejays dropped only their second match of the season — their first since Sept. 2 at No. 2 Clemson — and ended a BIG EAST-best nine-match unbeaten streak.
No. 6 Creighton is now 7-2-3, while Tulsa improved to 6-4-2.
Ricky Lopez-Espin gave Creighton the lead with a goal during the 25th minute. The junior sent a shot from just outside the right side of the goal to the inside of the far post for his fourth goal of the season. Fabio Rumpler was credited with an assist on the play for his first point as a Bluejay.
Tulsa forced the Creighton defense to work the entire second half, holding a 6-4 edge in shots and 6-3 advantage in corner kicks during the final 45 minutes of play, but it was not until the final stages of the match that the Golden Hurricane found the back of the net.
During the 86th minute, Alejandro Chavez fired a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box into the bottom of the net to tie the match.
Less than three minutes later, during the 89th minute, Tulsa took the lead with a goal from Matthew Puig. Puig converted his third goal of the season with a low shot from the right side of the box that beat Alex Kapp diving to his right.
Creighton had a chance in the closing moments, but Jake McGuire saved Myles Englis‘ shot with less than 20 seconds remaining to give Tulsa the upset victory.
McGuire ended the night with five saves, while Kapp had four stops for the Bluejays. Kapp allowed more than one goal in a match for the first time in his Creighton career on Tuesday night.
The Bluejays had not lost when leading at the half since Nov. 12, 2010. Creighton entered Tuesday night 53-0-2 under coach Elmar Bolowich, and unbeaten in its last 57 matches (54-0-3), when leading at the half.
Creighton returns to the pitch on Saturday, Oct. 15. The Bluejays host Marquette (3-4-4, 0-2-2 BIG EAST) at Morrison Stadium at 7 p.m.