Tuesday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 10/20/2010

Tuesday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Brown 3, Hartwick 1
Florida Atlantic 2, Florida Gulf Coast 1
Akron 7, Michigan 1

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Brown 3, Hartwick 1
PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown scored twice inside 20 minutes and added a second-half goal in a 3-1 victory over Hartwick's men's soccer team Tuesday night in Providence, RI. The Bears, currently ranked #14 in this week's NSCAA national poll, improve to 8-1-3 this season while 'Wick falls to 2-10-1. 

The Bears opened the scoring 4:35 into the game as David Walls put his free kick into the top left corner beyond goalie Lee Fenner's (Altamont, NY/CA Bouton) grasp to give the hosts the quick lead. Hartwick had a good opportunity to even the score in the 12th minute. Junior forward Dan Summers (Banstead, England/Sutton Grammar) put a solid header just over the Brown crossbar and the game remained 1-0.

Sean Rosa gave Brown an insurance marker at the 19:22 mark. He redirected an Austin Mandel shot, getting a foot on the ball to slip it past Fenner for a 2-0 edge.

Hartwick fought back 5:11 later to cut the Brown lead to a single goal. Sophomore Greg Mathers (Macclesfield, England/Binghamton Univ.) tallied for the first time in a Hartwick uniform as he weaved through a handful of Brown defenders and buried a shot low to the right corner of the Bear goal past keeper Paul Grandstand.

The hosts held a 10-5 advantage in shots in the first half of play. Both teams finished with a pair of corners.

The Hawks came out aggressively in the second half and immediately drew two corners and took two shots in the opening five and a half minutes. Cleyon Brown (Kingston, Jamiaca/Berkshire School) had a shot blocked and Simon Greatwich (Lewes, England/Lewes Priory) had a header that was stopped by Grandstand in the span.

The momentum swung quickly back to Brown in the 54th minute as Walls scored for the second time of the match to give the Bears some breathing room. Eric Robertson earned an assist on the play.

The Hawks out-shot the Bears 5-2 over the next 15 minutes but could not pull to within one goal. Mathers had a pair of shots saved by Grandstand and Steven Amaya (Oakland Gardens, NY/MLK) had another shot turned away in the span.    

Brown would close out the match with a 22-14 edge in shots. The Bears took 10 corners, including eight in the second half, while the Hawks earned four.

Fenner stopped five shots for the Hawks. Grandstand made six to earn the victory.

Hartwick travels to Florida this weekend for a non-conference game with Florida International on Friday and a MAC contest with Florida Atlantic Sunday.

Florida Atlantic 2, Florida Gulf Coast 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team battled back from a first-half deficit to earn a 2-1 win against No. 21 Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday night at the FGCU Soccer Complex. 

After falling behind 1-0 after just five minutes of play, FAU settled down and equalized the game before halftime on freshman Ramin Rahemi's first career collegiate goal in the 43rd minute. 

The Coral Springs native received a pass from teammate Alan Naigeon and stuck one past FGCU keeper Adam Glick to level the game at 1-1.  The assist for Naigeon was his first of the season. 

Things stayed even for a large part of the second half until Darnell King struck again for FAU.

The junior striker split a pair of Eagles' defenders and beat Glick to the right corner in the 71st minute to put FAU ahead for good 2-1.  The goal for King was his team-leading third of the season.

James McCormick shook off the early goal and made four saves in his second straight victory in net.   

"The team demonstrated great commitment tonight coming from a goal down," said head coach Kos Donev.  "The players stepped up to the challenge and pulled off a great come from behind win."

The Owls (4-6-2, 1-2-0) have now won two straight for the first time since September of last season when FAU defeated FGCU and Howard in back-to-back matches.  

FAU returns to action on Sunday when they seek their third straight victory at home against Hartwick.  Opening kick is set for 2 p.m. from the FAU Soccer Stadium. 

Akron 7, Michigan 1
AKRON, Ohio - Hermann Trophy candidate Kofi Sarkodie recorded Akron's second hat trick in as many games to lead The No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team to a 7-1 victory over Michigan Tuesday night in front of 3,018 fans at Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field.
Just three days after freshman Darren Mattocks scored three goals in a 4-0 win against Buffalo, Sarkodie matched the effort with two goals in the first half and another in the second against the Wolverines (8-4-3). It was the first career hat trick for the defender Sarkodie, who also scored a pair of goals against Florida Atlantic earlier this year.

The game was broadcast live regionally on SportsTime Ohio. A re-broadcast of the game will air Wednesday at Noon on STO.

With the win, the Zips (12-0-1) extended their home unbeaten streak to 32 games (31-0-1) dating back to the 2008 season. It is the fourth-longest run in NCAA history.

As the final score would suggest, Akron was in command for the majority of the game, out-shooting Michigan, 21-5, including 13-3 on goal. The Zips' lone blemish came in the first half on a long-distance strike by Wolverines' freshman Soony Saad, who connected on a restart from 28 yards. Saad, who now has 12 goals in 14 games, entered the match as the top scoring freshman in the nation.

Mattocks, who entered the week as the second-highest scoring freshman in the country, followed suit with the first of four second half goals for Akron. The Jamaican striker, who leads the Zips with 11 goals, has been on a torrid run lately with nine goals scored in his last seven matches.

Much like they have done all season, Akron jumped on top first in the opening minutes of the game when Darlington Nagbe fired a through ball to Sarkodie on the right wing near the top of the box.

Michigan goalkeeper Chris Blais punched out Sarkodie's first shot attempt but could do nothing with the rebound as the native of Huber Heights, Ohio, drove the ball into the net for his fifth goal of the season to give UA a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.

Akron wasted little time adding to their advantage thanks to another goal from Sarkodie in the 18th minute. Scott Caldwell initiated the action with a cross from the right flank that found Sarkodie, who fired a deep laser into the net from just outside the box.

After Saad put the Wolverines on the scoreboard in the 32nd minute, the Zips got the goal back before halftime on a quick turn-and-fire from Nagbe from short range following a pair of long passes. The second pass - off the foot of Chris Korb - found Nagbe, who had his back to the goal, on the left side of the box. In one quick motion, Nagbe spun and fired far post as the Zips took a 3-1 lead into the intermission.

The Zips kept the pressure on in the second half, out-shooting U-M, 12-1, after the break.

Nagbe and Michael Nanchoff connected on a pair of combination passes that left the ball for Mattocks in the middle of the box in the 55th minute. Mattocks, who had a clear look, fired one of his eight shots on the night past Blais to give UA a 4-1 lead in the 55th minute.

After a goal by Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Sarkodie completed the hat trick in the 80th minute with a rocket from 12 yards out. Thomas Schmitt provided the game's final margin with his first career goal in the 89th minute.

The Zips' four-game homestand continues Saturday night when Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan comes to Lee Jackson Field for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) kick off. Akron will honor its three seniors, Ampaipitakwong, Korb and Enrique Paez prior to the start of the match.