Story courtesy of the Akron Athletic Communications Office
AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron men's soccer team, the consensus No. 1 in the country, will host No. 2 Tulsa Friday night at Lee Jackson Field in a game that will be broadcast nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. The Zips and the Golden Hurricane will kick off at 8 p.m. (ET).
Match #6: No. 1 Akron (5-0-0) vs. No. 2 Tulsa (6-0-0) Friday, Sept. 24 • 8:00 p.m. (ET) • Lee Jackson Field • Akron, Ohio
Television: Fox Soccer Channel | Radio: None.
Internet Stream: ZipsZone package | Live Stats: GoZips.com
Zips to Play at Home on National TV For First Time Friday's game will mark the first time Akron has played a nationally-televised game on its home field. Fox Soccer Channel will carry the broadcast. Dean Linke (play-by-play) and former long-time Georgetown head coach Keith Tabatznik (color) will have the call.
GoZips.com to Offer Video Streaming Through Zips Zone For the second straight year, GoZips.com will be providing live video streams of all UA's home contests through its Zip Zone subscription package. Live stats will also be provided again this year free of charge.
Show Your Akron Pride!
Friday's game will be UA Pride Night! All fans are encouraged to bring an article of clothing (t-shirt, shorts, hat, etc.) with the logo of another college or university and exchange it in at the marketing table at the southeast gate for a new Akron Soccer shirt while supplies last. The donated apparel will be donated to charitable organization the following week.
A Perfect Match Up
Friday night's game will not only feature the top two ranked college programs in the country, but also two of just six teams in the nation with a perfect record.
- Joining Akron (5-0-0) and No. 2 Tulsa (6-0-0) in that exclusive category are No. 4 Monmouth (6-0-0), No. 9 SMU (7-0-0), No. 17 Butler (5-0-0) and Towson (6-0-0).
- Friday's game will also pit the No. 1-ranked defense of the Zips against the No. 1-ranked attack of the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa has scored 18 goals in six games (3.0/game) while Akron has kept its sheet clean with five straight shutouts to start the year.
- UA is the only team in the country that has yet to allow a goal in 2010.
Along those lines, Akron will have the opportunity to match an NCAA record for most consecutive shutouts Friday. The Zips, who recorded one of the greatest defensive seasons in NCAA history a year ago, ran their consecutive shutout streak to 10 games - dating back to last November - last weekend with victories over Cal State Northridge (3-0) and Cincinnati (1-0).
A shutout Friday against Tulsa would move the Zips into a three-way tie for the all-time mark, which is currently shared by Furman (2002) and Virginia (2009). As it stands, UA's 10-game shutout streak is tied for third longest in NCAA history.
- Akron's streak began with a 2-0 victory at home against South Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 22, 2009.
- The last goal UA surrendered came in a 2-1 victory over Hartwick in the 2009 MAC Tournament championship. Since that time, Akron has recorded 1,020:59 scoreless minutes.
- Akron recorded 19 shutouts in 25 matches a year ago, which represented the second-highest, single-season total in NCAA history. It's goals against average (0.27) and shutout percentage (.760) were third best all-time.
- The Golden Hurricane are off to their best start in school history with a perfect 6-0 record. Austin Neil punched in the game-winning goal in a double-overtime, comeback win over Missouri State on Tuesday night.
- Neil, a junior forward, is tied for the nation's lead with seven goals scored on the campaign. Senior midfielder Ashley McInnes has four goals and three assists for 11 points.
- Freshman goalkeeper Ray Clark has logged 556 minutes in goal while allowing four goals for a goals-against-average of 0.65.
Last Year Versus Tulsa
The Zips were 2-0 against the Hurricane a year ago with a 1-0 victory in Tulsa in the second game of the year and another 1-0 result at Lee Jackson Field against TU in the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Zips jumped on top early in both matches with Anthony Ampaipitakwong finding the net at the 10 minute mark in the first contest and Kofi Sarkodie scoring a goal in the 17th minute in the last.
UA out-shot Tulsa by a combined count of 23-12, including a 10-5 margin on goal as year ago.