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Akron 1, Bowling Green 0 Final
Hartwick 1, Iona 0 Final
Michigan 2, West Virginia 1 Final
AKRON, Ohio – Despite soggy field conditions that slowed play through the majority of the match, the No. 15 University of Akron men's soccer team gutted out a 1-0 victory over Bowling Green Saturday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
The game served as the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.
The Zips (5-2-0, 1-0-0 MAC), who have won at least a share of the last eight MAC regular-season championships, got a first-half goal from Reinaldo Brenes and held on for their 15th consecutive win over the Falcons. With the result, UA also pushed its NCAA record-setting conference unbeaten streak to 48 matches (45-0-3) while out-shooting BGSU 20-9 overall and 7-3 on goal.
Akron was in control throughout the match and had a number of quality scoring chances early but didn't break through until the 44th minute.
Eric Stevenson, who was a big factor throughout the contest, sprung Brenes just as the senior slipped through the Falcons' back line. Brenes took a quick touch before squaring up a rocket that whistled past the keeper and into the back corner of the net.
Brenes, a team tri-captain, has been a real spark to the Zips attack this season as all three of his goals have been game-winners.
It very well could have been the second or third goal of the match for Brenes, who rang the cross bar with a flying header in the 27th minute and was turned away from close range in the 31st minute.
Nonetheless, for the first time this season, Akron took a lead into halftime with just its second first-half goal of the fall.
The game opened up a bit in the second half as Bowling Green (1-4-2, 0-1-0) pushed for the equalizer, but Akron limited the Falcons' chances and were rarely threatened. Conversely, UA pressured the Bowling Green goal often – out-shooting BGSU 10-4 after the break – but couldn't add on to its lead.
Akron had a particularly dangerous series midway through the second half that featured three combined shots on goal from Adam Najem, Zac Portillos and Stevenson – but the Falcons' keeper, Michael Wiest, who finished with five saves, and the BGSU defense did not concede.
Freshman goalkeeper Fernando Pina recorded three saves to earn his third clean sheet of the season.
The Zips will wrap up their four-game homestand Tuesday night when in-state rival Ohio State pays visit to FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field for a 7 p.m. ET kick. The game will be broadcast locally on the radio by FOX Sports 1350 AM (WARF) as well as streamed on NSCAATV.com as the NSCAA College Game of the Week.
Zips Notebook: Akron sported their new blue uniforms for the first time Saturday ... UA played without starters Aodhan Quinn and Saad Abdul-Salaam, who were each scratched due to injury ... Saturday's match maked the Zips debut of freshman forward Riley Grant, who entered the match in the 85th minute ... all but one of UA matches this fall have been decided by one goal.
ONEONTA, NY - Hartwick's Max Walcott (London, England/West Herts College) scored the game's only goal 44 seconds into the second half to lift the men's soccer team to its first win of the season on Saturday, 1-0, over visiting Iona College.
The goal is Walcott's second goal in the Hawks' last two games. He fought through a defender, ran onto a ball, and volleyed past Gaels' goalkeeper Julian Petrullo for what proved to be the game-winner.
Hartwick improves to 1-4-2 with the victory. Iona slips to 2-3-1. Both teams registered nine shots. Mateo Munarriz (Manizares, Colombia/Colegio Granadino) made one save to record the clean sheet.
Michigan 2, West Virginia 1 Final Boxscore
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A scorching shot from 20 yards out by Colin McAtee gave visiting Michigan a 2-1 victory in overtime over the WVU men’s soccer team on Saturday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
The goal was the result of a foul call at midfield on WVU senior Jay Williams against McAtee. Michigan’s Tyler Arnone took the dead ball and played it to his right for Ezekial Harris. Harris passed it forward to McAtee, who took a few steps forward and towards the center of the pitch and let a shot rip past WVU junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston for the golden goal.
“We were awful, absolutely terrible. I’ve never been as disappointed in a start to a game as I was tonight,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We were lethargic, we did things we don’t typically do, and it was a terrible start to the game. I have to take as much responsibility as they do. They weren’t prepared properly.”
West Virginia sent the game to overtime with only 17 seconds remaining in regulation when sophomore Majed Osman cleaned up a mess in front of the net and put a shot over Michigan goalkeeper Adam Grinwis. The sequence began with a long throw-in into the box to sophomore Ryan Cain by sophomore Zak Leedom. Cain’s shot was blocked with the ball falling to the foot of Osman, who lifted it into the back of the net.
The Wolverines held the majority of the possession throughout the game, including a dominant performance in the first half, outshooting the Mountaineers 11-3. Michigan finished the game with a 14-13 edge in shots and a 12-7 advantage on corner kicks.
Michigan struck early on its first corner kick of the game with Harris sending a deflected shot past Johnston. Rylee Woods sent the in-swinging corner towards frame where McAtee took a shot that was blocked by Johnston with the rebound going to Harris.
Senior Craig Stephens nearly tied the match in the 16th minute as he played a give-and-go with junior Andy Bevin. Stephens ripped a shot towards the far post that was saved by Grinwis.
Sophomore Kyle Underwood had a chance for the Mountaineers in the 54th minute off a through ball from freshman Alex Ochoa, but was unable to put home the breakaway.
Osman played a through ball to Cain in the 64th minute, who was met head-on by Grinwis and was never able to get a shot off. A minute later, Osman took a bending shot from the top of the box that was punched out by Grinwis.
In the 79th minute, Bevin beat his defender down the sideline and sent a cross into the box for senior Jay Williams, but Williams sent the header off frame.
Osman, Stephens, Williams and freshman Christian Diaz all had two shots for the Mountaineers. Arnone, James Murphy and Fabio Pereira led all players with three shots apiece for the Wolverines.
Johnston made five saves in the loss compared to Grinwis’ four.
WVU continues its homestand on Wednesday, Sept. 25 for a match against Penn State. The Mountaineers and Nittany Lions will kick off at 7 p.m.
The match has been designated as a Dollar Day, with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for $1 each. For a video and audio stream courtesy of Kroger, visit WVUsports.com.