AKRON, Ohio – With the 51st shutout of his career Wednesday at Michigan State, University of Akron men's soccer player David Meves became the NCAA's all-time shutouts leader.
Meves, who set the program's standard in a 1-0 victory at Ohio State on Oct. 23, made three saves against the Spartans – including two brilliant stops in the final minutes of the match – to set the all-time record.
His 51st shutout pushed him past the previous recordholder Josh Ford, who compiled 50 clean sheets in 85 games for Connecticut from 2007-10. Two Akron goalkeepers now stand in the top three spots in NCAA history as former Zip Evan Bush (2005-08) is third on the all-time list with 48 shutouts.
Meves, who has already set school records for wins (73) and minutes played (8,138), has started 89 games – posting a career mark 73-7-9 – during his historic career and has allowed just 45 goals in more than 8,138 minutes of play for a goals-against-average of 0.50.
Furthermore, the native of Arlington Heights, Ill., will have the chance to break another NCAA standard during the postseason as – with 8,138 career minutes – he is just 351 behind the Division I leader Brian Edwards, who logged 8,489 minutes for Wake Forest from 2004-07.
Meves has been a starter at Akron since the day he stepped onto the field as a freshman in 2009. Since then, he has helped lead the Zips to the national championship game twice and at least the Round of 16 each season. He played a crucial role in the national title match against Louisville in 2010 with two saves in the final two minutes of play in a contest that secured the school's first team national championship in any sport.
Despite all his previous accomplishments, Meves, a three-time All-Mid-American Conference performer, appears to have saved his best for last as he is playing at arguably his highest level in 2012. With a number of clutch saves throughout the fall, Meves has spearheaded a defensive unit that has allowed just six goals in 17 matches this year, including a run of eight consecutive shutouts from Sept. 14 to Oct. 16 and a span of 713 scoreless minutes.
In fact, since Sept. 14, Akron, which is the concensus No. 2 team in the nation this week, has allowed just one goal in 12 contests while out-scoring opponents 29-1. UA entered the week tied with North Carolina for the highest shutout percentage in the nation and with the second-fewest goals allowed in Division I.
On top of that, Meves, a two-time Academic All-American, was named to the Academic All-District team for the third consecutive year Thursday. He carries a 3.77 cumulative GPA as a corporate finance major at UA.
Courtesy of Akron Sports Information Department