Zips Earn Individual Honors After North Carolina Roadtrip

Updated 9/7/2010
Story courtesy of Akron Media Relations Department

Sarkodie Named CSN National Player of the Week
AKRON, Ohio - Kofi Sarkodie, a junior defender and Hermann Trophy candidate from The University of Akron men's soccer team, has been named National Player of the Week by the College Soccer News.

Sarkodie helped orchestrate a defensive unit that posted a pair of shutouts against two of the top programs in college soccer. The No. 1 Zips defeated No. 4 North Carolina, 3-0, last Friday and blanked No. 3 Wake Forest, 2-0, on Sunday on the road.

Sarkodie, a native of Huber Heights, Ohio, also contributed an assist in each game, including the game-winner against the Tar Heels. The versatile back then helped lead a unit that held the Demon Deacons without a single shot on goal for the full 90 minutes while limiting Wake to just four shots overall.

"No team in the country had a stronger start to the season than Akron so it is fitting that the first CSN National Player of the Week by a Zip," College Soccer News wrote on its website. "Sarkodie was a key part of a very solid Akron backline that also features Zarek Valentin, Chad Barson and Chris Korb, and goalkeeper David Meves."

Sarkodie, who is also a 2010 College Soccer News Preseason All-American, was a key component on one of the most dominating defensive units in NCAA history in 2009. The Zips' back helped guide Akron to 19 shutouts, which was the second-highest, single-season total in NCAA history. Furthermore, UA's goals-against-average of 0.27 and shutout percentage of .760 were the third-best, single-season marks in NCAA history.

Sarkodie was also a force on the attack with a pair of goals, including the game-winner at UIC in October, and seven assists.

Meves Named to Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week
AKRON, Ohio - David Meves, a sophomore goalkeeper from The University of Akron men's soccer team, has been named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week.

Meves, a Soccer America and College Soccer News Freshman All-American in 2009, and the Zips (2-0) posted a pair of shutouts on the road at No. 4 North Carolina, 3-0, and at No. 3 Wake Forest, 2-0, this past weekend. He was also named to Top Drawer Soccer's All-Rookie Team last fall.

The native of Arlington Heights, Ill., matched a career high with six saves against the Tar Heels last Friday and made excellent reads on balls in the box against the Demon Deacons Sunday while extending UA's consecutive shutout streak to seven games, dating back to last November. Meves was particularly sharp in the opening minutes at UNC with a pair of big saves that preserved UA's early 1-0 lead.

Meves set school records for shutouts (17), fewest goals allowed (7), goals-against-average (0.28), minutes played (2,252) and wins (23) as a true freshman last fall. His goals-against-average (0.277) led the nation.

The Zips, who have now posted seven consecutive shutouts - dating back to last November - will be open Mid-American Conference play this weekend at Bowling Green. UA and the Falcons will kick off next Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.