Friday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Akron 4, Tulsa 0
Northern Illinois 2, Bradley 0Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments
Akron 4, Tulsa 0
AKRON, Ohio - In front of a Lee Jackson Field record-setting crowd of 4,744, the #1 University of Akron Zips produced their highest goal output of the season, dominating the #2 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 4-0 Friday night. The Golden Hurricane are the third top-five team to be downed by the Zips this year.
The Zips also recorded their 11th
straight clean sheet, tying the record for most consecutive shutouts in college soccer history. UA will have a chance to break the record, also held by Furman and Virginia, on Wednesday at Ohio State. UA is the only team in the nation that has yet to concede a score this season.
UA's three Hermann Trophy candidates, Darlington Nagbe, Anthony Ampaipitakwong, and Kofi Sarkodie, contributed points as UA stretched its unbeaten home streak to 29 matches (28-0-1).
The Zips jumped out to an early lead taking advantage of a Tulsa turnover 30 yards out from the golden hurricane net in the ninth minute.. Ampaipitakwong intercepted a pass and moved the ball to Nagbe. Nagbe moved the ball over to Sarkodie who was in space down the right side. Sarkodie moved to his left a laced a shot from 22 yards out that took a deflection of a Tulsa defender and off the fingertips of keeper Ray Clark. It was Sarkodie's second marker of the season.
Another turnover forced by the Zips led to the second UA goal just a few minutes later. A Michael Nanchoff tackle outside the left edge of the TU penalty area forced the turnover. Nanchoff's ensuing cross was headed towards goal by Nagbe and deflected out for a UA corner. Nanchoff's service on the restart was knocked down by Nagbe into the path of a charging Perry Kitchen who slammed the sitter into the back of the net for his third goal of the season. The goal came at the 13th
Ampaipitakwong delivered a splendid corner to set up the third Zip tally, finding a soaring Darren Mattocks six yards out at the back post, who tucked a header under the crossbar in the 50th
minute to net his third goal of the season.
Mattocks was not settling for one score and nearly found the back of the net again in the 58th
minute but his shot from 20 yards out ripped off the crossbar. Nanchoff and Ampaipitakwong worked together in the midfield to spring Mattocks for the chance.
Ampaipitakwong was rewarded for all of his hard work in the midfield in the 70th
minute, when he collected a Nagbe shot that had clanged off the crossbar and calmly deposited his second goal of the season.
The Zips (6-0-0) outshot the Tulsa 20-8 in the match, with most of the Golden Hurricane (6-1-0) attempts coming from distance and not troubling UA keeper David Meves. Meves made one save on the night.
UA will take to the road, and attempt to break the record for most consecutive shutouts, on Wednesday, traveling to Ohio State for a 7 p.m. kick off.Northern Illinois 2, Bradley 0
PEORIA, Ill. - Freshman James Stevenson scored in the seventh and 85th
minutes, lifting the Northern Illinois men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Bradley, Friday at Shea Stadium. The Huskies won their fourth consecutive match, and improved to 4-2-1 on the year. Bradley lost its third straight match, falling to 3-4-1.
"As we expected, they were a very athletic, strong team," NIU head coach Eric Luzzi said. "They made it very difficult to play because they worked so hard throughout the match."
Northern Illinois took an early lead as freshman Mino Kayser received a pass from senior Luis Mojica and fired a shot. The attempt hit the cross bar and bounced out, where Stevenson was waiting to give NIU a 1-0 lead.
"Mino made a fantastic play on the first goal, but his shot hit the cross bar and bounced out," Luzzi said. "James put himself in the right place at the right time to score."
The match would remain scoreless over the next 78 minutes, until Stevenson earned a one-on-one breakaway and juked Bradley goalkeeper Brian Billings for an easy tap into the net.
NIU outshot the Braves, 10-8, but Bradley forced Huskie goalie Jordan Godsey to make five saves. The Huskies are now 2-1-1 with Godsey minding the net.
NIU has now beaten its last four opponents by an aggregate score of 7-1. The Huskies have recorded shutouts in three of those matches, whitewashing Cleveland State and Gonzaga in addition to Bradley. It was the first time the Braves had been shutout this season.
Northern Illinois returns to action at DePaul, Wednesday, Sept. 29, before returning home to open conference play against Hartwick, Oct. 2