Nov. 27, 2005
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State fell to Creighton, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Jeffrey Field in a third round NCAA Championship contest, forcing an end to a historic and unprecedented season.
The loss also halts Penn State's 10-game winning streak, its longest since 1992.
The Nittany Lions gained the advantage first, staking a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute. Midfielder Jeff Chambers (Christiana, Pa.) broke open and rocketed an uncontested shot from 40 yards out that hit high into the net just out of the reach of Creighton goalkeeper Matt Allen. The goal was his second of the season. Defender Stephen Reihner (Washington, Pa.) and midfielder Brian Devlin (Philadelphia, Pa.) combined to get the ball to Chambers and were credited with assists. For Devlin, it was his sixth point in the last four games.
Creighton answered back just under seven minutes later, getting the equalizer from midfielder Sam Eid. Forward Tim Bohnenkamp sent a corner kick into the box that was controlled by defender Matt Wieland. Eid, playing in just his third game of the season, took the pass from Wieland and got a close-up shot through heavy traffic past Conrad Taylor (Colorado Springs, Colo.) to his left.
The Bluejays took the lead at the 59:35 mark on a penalty kick by their leading scorer, Byron Dacy. The freshman forward had a breakaway down the middle of the field and was trailed closely by defender David Gray (Lemont, Pa.). Their feet got tangled up as they crossed into the box and Dacy was awarded a penalty kick. He drilled the kick, tallying what would prove to be the game winner.