Creighton women’s soccer goalkeeper Katie Jo Swanson was short, sweet and to the point when asked to evaluate her individual performance so far this season.
“I think I’ve done pretty well” Swanson said.
Pretty well is an understatement.
Swanson leads the Bluejays (3-6-2) into their 7 p.m. conference opener Saturday night against Illinois State at Morrison Stadium.
Swanson is in her first full year of starting after backing up Alicia Montgomery the past three seasons. Now the senior is making the most of the time she has.
Swanson has limited opponents to 18 goals in 11 games for a 1.54 goals against average. She also boasts an .812 save percentage.
Swanson has another stat that coach Bruce Erickson said he is most impressed with.
“To the best of my knowledge, I can’t remember having a player that has played every single minute,” Erickson said.
Swanson has in fact played all 1,048 minutes this season while notching 78 saves, good enough for fourth in the NCAA.
Swanson says there’s nothing special about the way she has been playing, she has just been doing what she always does.
“Being in the right place at the right time is part of it, yes. But I’ve been playing and practicing for years, so I’m comfortable back there.”
Comfortable despite the fact that with the exception of one player, Swanson’s defense is brand new, making her impressive play that much more important, Erickson said.
“It’s like having a good point guard in basketball,” Erickson said. “Katie Jo is extremely important to our team.”
Swanson said her goals for this season are still intact, and it all starts with conference play.
“I want this team to get through conference play, (win) the MVC tournament, and then hopefully the NCAA tournament.”