Andrew Ribeiro (Green Bay Notre Dame) helped Creighton advance to the Elite Elite of the NCAA men's soccer tournament.
The senior played all 110 minutes on the backline, assisted on his team's 83rd-minute equalizer and then converted his shot in a shootout as the eighth-ranked Bluejays outlasted host and top-ranked Akron 5-4 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 tie in a third-round match Sunday.
Creighton (16-3-3) will play at No. 7 Connecticut (17-3-1) in the quarterfinals next Sunday afternoon, looking for its second straight College Cup berth.
The Bluejays, who also tied Akron 1-1 back on Aug. 31, had only two shots on goal in the 90 minutes of regulation plus two 10-minute overtimes. But with less than 8 minutes left in regulation, Ribeiro played in German freshman Timo Pitter, who scored his team-best 10th goal of the season to tie it at 1. Pitter also finished the decisive penalty kick in the shootout; Ribeiro made his attempt in the second round.
Ribeiro has played all but 20 minutes this season for Creighton, which is unbeaten in its past 13 games (11-0-2). Bluejays junior forward Carlos McCrary, who played for the Madison 56ers in the National Premier Soccer League the past two summers, didn't get into the match.
The Zips finished 18-1-3 in their final year under coach Caleb Porter, who is leaving to take over the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer.
Freshman defender Brittany Von Rueden (Milwaukee DSHA) started and played 25 minutes as Notre Dame (16-6-2) saw its season come to an end with 1-0 loss to No. 7 Florida State in a quarterfinal Friday night in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Seminoles (20-3-0) scored the lone goal in the 53rd minute to advance to the College Cup, which is next weekend in San Diego. Florida State faces No. 5 Penn State at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first semifinal, with No. 1 Stanford (21-1-1) taking on No. 13 North Carolina (13-5-3) at 10 p.m. The national final is at 3 p.m. Sunday.