Men’s soccer returns from Bradley Invitational undefeated
Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
No. 18 SMU men's soccer team shocked No. 16 Creighton on Friday night at the Bradley Tournament with a stunning 3-2 overtime comeback victory. The Mustangs kept their undefeated streak alive and moved to 6-0-0 on the season.
"The guys showed a tremendous amount of character and a lot of fight," head Coach Tim McClements said. "I'm really proud of [their] performance."
Both teams struggled early offensively until Andrew Ribeiro opened up the scoring for the Blue Jays in the 39th minute off an assist from Dion Acoff.
Less than two minutes later Creighton took a 2-0 lead when Ethan Finley tapped the ball in from 3 yards off an assist from Jose Gomez.
"It was a tale of two halves," McClements said. "At halftime, we regrouped and refocused. We were able to play our game, match their intensity."
The Mustangs came out with a new fire in the second half and got the ball rolling in the 69th minute when forward Juan Castillo scored a goal to begin the SMU rally.
Castillo outraced Blue Jay defenders on a well executed counter attack after goal keeper accurately punted the ball out to the defensive end for his first assist of the year. Castillo's goal was his team leading fifth of the year.
SMU midfielder Arthur Ivo was able to net the equalizer in the 76th minute on a crucial penalty kick. Prior to the goal, Ivo was taken down in the penalty box by a Creighton defender, allowing him to score his first goal of the year.
The Blue Jays threatened to score again in the 83rd minute, but SMU defender Diogo de Almeida stopped a point-blank shot by Gomez, keeping the game tied at two heading into overtime.
In the 103rd minute, Ivo was able to score the game-winning goal on yet another penalty kick, after Castillo was blatantly taken down in the penalty box to give the Mustangs a 3-2 victory.
"[Ivo] really did an excellent job," McClements said. "Arthur [Ivo] had great placement on the shots. He's been playing so well, so the fact that he scored tonight [was] very fitting."
The Mustangs will open Conference USA play on Friday against UAB in Birmingham, Ala.