Sunday's Men's Soccer Scoreboard - 9/16
Northern Illinois 2, Iona 0
Stony Brook 4, Buffalo 0
Akron 5, USF 0
Akron 5, USF 0
AKRON, Ohio – The No. 9 University of Akron men's soccer team scored four times in the second half to finish off a 5-0 shoutout of No. 11 South Florida Sunday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
With the victory, the Zips (4-1-2), who earned a 1-all draw against No. 10 St. John's Friday, were named winners of The University of Akron Tournament.
Scott Caldwell, who fueled UA with two goals against the Bulls, was named the tournament's Offensive MVP while teammate David Meves, who helped the club record its second-consecutive shutout, garnered Defensive MVP honors.
Eric Stevenson, Dillon Serna, Chad Barson and Aodhan Quinn represented the Zips on the All-Tournament team.
Akron took control from the start of the match and never let up, out-shooting South Florida 18-6, including a 9-3 advantage on goal. Also finding the net for the Zips were Dillon Serna, who scored the first goal of his young career, Stevenson, who is now tied with Caldwell for the team lead with three goals, and Quinn.
The Zips took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute when Quinn chipped a ball into the box. When a USF defender tried to clear it with a header, Caldwell jumped on the rebound and one-timed it into the back of the net.
A series a passes and a strong finish resulted in another Akron goal in the 56th minute. Freshman Phil Fives, who made his first start of the season at left back, whipped the ball across the goal to Reinaldo Brenes, who crossed it to Serna in the middle of the box. Serna slotted the keeper from 15 yards out to make it 2-0.
Three more goals would follow in a flurry as Stevenson finished a rebounded shot by Robbie Derschang in the 62nd minute, Caldwell converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute and Quinn capped off the scoring in the 86th minute with an unassisted goal.
Meves, who also had a strong performance against the Red Storm Friday, was up to the task again Sunday with three saves.
The win finished off an extremely challenging stretch of games that saw the Zips face six straight opponents currently ranked in the NSCAA top 25.
Akron will next open up Mid-American Conference play next weekend at Bowling Green. The Zips and Falcons will kick off at 7 p.m., next Saturday.ekend at 3 pm.
Stony Brook 4, Buffalo 0
STONY BROOK, NY - Paced by three goals in the first 41 minutes of play, the Stony Brook Seawolves (5-2) beat the Buffalo men's soccer team 4-0 Sunday afternoon. The loss moves UB to 1-6-1 on the season, and marks the final road non-conference game of the season.
The host Seawolves scored first in the 18th minute of the game off a free kick from 25 yards out by Leonardo Fernandes. Just under 15 minutes later, Fernandes would strike again in the 33rd minute after taking a pass and chipping it over UB goalie Jonathan Viscosi. Stony Brook would add another goal in the 42nd minute to put the Bulls down three heading into the half.
Viscosi and the Buffalo defense would get unlucky with the fourth goal yielded. In the 68th minute, off a corner kick, Viscosi made the initial save by could not stop the put back by Martin Giordano. For the game, Stony Brook put just five of its 16 total shots on goal, but held UB to just eight total shots for the game.
Maksym Kowal led the team with three shots in the game, with Richard Craven attempting two and putting one on frame. The Bulls did draw more corner attempts than Stony Brook (7-3), but could not convert on any of the set pieces.
The Bulls will now return to the friendly confines of UB Stadium for its final non-conference home games of the season. First up will be Friday evening against SUNY rival Albany at 7 pm, with a Sunday afternoon match against Robert Morris to cap the we
Northern Illinois 2, Iona 0
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Junior midfielder Sean Totsch (Oswego, Ill./Oswego) scored in the 83rd minute and freshman midfielder Gabe Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) added an insurance marker in the 90th as the Northern Illinois men’s soccer team claimed a 2-0 victory over Iona on Sunday afternoon in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic.
Senior goalkeeper Jordan Godsey (Ocean Springs, Miss./Ocean Springs) made five saves in the contest to record the 28th shutout of his NIU career, extending his school record.
“I couldn’t be happier for the guys,” said NIU head coach Eric Luzzi. “We have been playing too well not to have been getting results. I’m happy for the guys that they finally got their reward because they have played very, very well in every game so far, we have just been unlucky.
“We have played some pretty good teams but I think Iona may be the second-best team, after Creighton, we have played. So the fact that today was the one we got a result in hopefully reinstills the belief that we can play with anybody.”
Following a scoreless first half, Northern Illinois (1-3-2) went right on the attack after the break. The Huskies earned four corners within the first seven minutes of the second half, but the only chance on goal came when Totsch had a go from distance. His shot was held by Iona goalkeeper Borja Barbero in the 49th minute.
The Huskies continued to apply nearly all of the pressure as the half continued. NIU earned three more corners around the 60-minute mark, senior midfielder Mike Mascitti (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) rose highest for headers on two of those corners, but both headers went high of the Iona goal.
NIU finished the contest with a 9-2 edge in corners, all nine of which came in the second 45 minutes.
Northern Illinois finally broke the deadlock in the 83rd minute. The Iona goalkeeper came to catch a lofted ball in the box but was unable to claim it, allowing the ball to bounce on the edge of the six-yard box. Following a couple of bounces, Totsch hit a tight angle shot on the turn past Barbero into the opposite side-netting to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
Iona (1-6-0) pushed numbers forward to try to find an equalizer in the final seven minutes. After earning a free kick in the final minute the Gaels brought everyone, including their goalkeeper, forward. NIU cleared the free kick from danger into the feet of Christianson who dribbled in all alone from midfield, tucking the ball into an empty net with just 18 seconds to play.
In the first half, freshman forward Matt Pritchard (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) had the first chance of the contest in the fifth minute when he got in behind the Iona defense. Pritchard’s shot from just inside the box was turned away by Barbero.
Pritchard was one of three Huskies, along with sophomore midfielder Jabari Danzy (Park Forest, Ill./Marian Catholic) and freshman midfielder Parker Thornton (Buda, Texas/Hays) to earn his first career start.
“The way things had been going, not that anyone had been playing poorly, but I just thought that we needed to mix things up,” said Luzzi. “We made a couple of changes and, from an energy standpoint, it paid off.”
Iona responded with a good spell of possession, the Gaels had a pair of shots from outside the box easily held by Godsey.
Off a corner kick in the 28th minute, Michael Hodgen for the Gaels put a header on frame that was cleared off the line by freshman defender Charlie Oliver (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake South). The Gaels also hit the crossbar with a shot from Ignacio Maganto in the 32nd minute.
Oliver was one of two Huskies, along with senior defender Pat Sloan (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy), to be named to the Lakeside Classic All-Tournament Team.
Northern Illinois regained more possession in the waning moments of the first half. Senior defender Rocco Taglia (Caledonia, Ill./Boylan) had NIU’s best opportunity of the half in the 44th minute. After NIU drew a free kick 21 yards from goal, Taglia’s heavy shot was pushed away by the Iona goalkeeper. Mascitti had a follow up opportunity but couldn’t direct his header past Barbero.
The Huskies will return to action next Friday, Sept. 21, when they face Denver in Albuquerque, N.M., in the first game of the Nike Lobo Invitational. Game time against the Pioneers is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT.