Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Saturday's Men's Soccer Results - 10/27
Akron 4, Hartwick 0
Northern Illinois 1, West Virginia 0
Akron 4, Hartwick 0
ONEONTA, N.Y. – The No. 2 University of Akron men's soccer team cruised to a 4-0 win over Hartwick Saturday at Elmore Field to clinch the program's eighth consecutive Mid-American Conference regular season championship.
As a result, the Zips (13-1-2, 6-0-0 MAC) earned the right to host the MAC Tournament as the No. 1 seed from Nov. 9-11 at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
Akron, which scored a pair of goals in each half, controlled the match from start to finish Saturday, out-shooting the Hawks 18-3 overall and 12-0 on frame. With the result, the Zips extended their unbeaten streak to 11 matches and pushed their win streak to 10. It was also UA's 12 shutout in 16 contests this seaons.
Just 105 seconds after the opening whistle, junior Eric Stevenson provided UA all the scoring it would need by taking a cross from Robbie Derschang, who was making his first start since Oct. 10, and slotting Hartwick goalkeeper Tom Buckner from 20 yards out. It was the sixth goal and third game-winning strike of the season for Stevenson.
The Zips made it 2-0 with set piece kick goal in the 31st minute. After DeAndre Yedlin was taken down on the right side of the field, Dillon Serna whipped in a service that found the head of Chad Barson. The senior made the most of his opportunity by flicking it home from close range for his second goal of the season.
Akron used another restart opportunity to find the net early in the second half. A well-struck service on a corner kick by Serna connected with Reinaldo Brenes near the back post. Brenes smashed it off the cross bar and into the net to continue his hot streak in the 51st minute. Brenes, who leads the team with 10 goals on the season, has now found the back of the net in each of his last three matches and scored at least one goal in seven of his last eight.
Alfred Koroma capped the scoring in the 77th minute with his third goal of the fall. With the defeat, Hartwick fell to 4-9-2 overall and 1-4-0 in MAC play.
Akron will play its final road contest of the regular season next Wednesday when it travels to East Lansing to take on Michigan State. The Zips and Spartans will kick off at 3 p.m (ET) at DeMartin Stadium.
Northern 1, West Virginia 0
DEKALB, Ill. -- Sophomore Isaac Kannah (Plymouth, Minn./Prairie Seeds Academy) broke the deadlock in the 84th minute as the Northern Illinois men’s soccer team defeated West Virginia, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at the NIU Soccer Complex.
Kannah’s second goal of the season, and the fourth of his NIU career, lifts the Huskies into second-place in the Mid-American Conference with a 3-1-1 league mark (5-8-3 overall).
“I’m happy for the guys,” said NIU head coach Eric Luzzi. “It took us 15 games to get a 90-minute performance and we have been fortunate enough to have two in a row now. It is also about the sixth game in a row that the entire game has been dictated by the wind. We were all over them in the first half, could have been up 2-0 or 3-0 in the first five minutes (but) don’t finish the chances. In the second half, they had the wind, we were on our heels a lot, the guys defended well and then we found the breakthrough.
“I’m pleased for the guys (they) have gotten some reward for the belief they have maintained and the work they have put in.”
With the 1-0 victory, senior goalkeeper Jordan Godsey (Ocean Springs, Miss./Ocean Springs) collected the 33rd shutout of his career, extending his school record. His 33rd career clean sheet also moves him within three of the top-10 in NCAA history in career shutouts, Godsey is currently alone in 11th all-time in Division I history.
The Huskies nearly scored inside of a minute as junior Sean Totsch (Oswego, Ill./Oswego) hit the post with the opening chance of the game. Junior Karim Darbaki (Crystal, Minn./Shattuck St. Mary’s) got a head on the follow-up opportunity but his header went high and the game remained scoreless.
Playing with the advantage of a strong wind in the first half, NIU continued coming forward and created another chance in the sixth minute. Kannah had a shot from a tight angle inside the six-yard box but West Virginia goalkeeper Pat Eavenson did well to keep the match level.
Late in the first half, the Huskies had another excellent opportunity to open the scoring. Kannah crossed a ball to the back post where sophomore Jayson LeSeth (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West) was able to collect and shoot back across the face of goal. LeSeth’s 41st minute effort had Eavenson beaten but was cleared off the line by the West Virginia defense.
West Virginia (8-5-2, 3-2-1 MAC) was able to take advantage of the wind in the second half as Andy Bevin had a pair of chances inside the opening two minutes of the second 45, one of which forced a save from Godsey.
A chance by LeSeth that just missed high in the 49th minute helped relief the pressure momentarily for NIU, but the Mountaineers went right back on the attack, with Godsey being called upon twice more before the hour mark.
Godsey finished the match with seven saves.
With overtime looming, the Huskies finally got the breakthrough in the 84th minute. Freshman Miles Stockman-Willis (Woodbury, Minn./Hill-Murray) played freshman Matt Pritchard (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) into a good position down the wing. Pritchard did well to get into a position for a cross and played a perfect ball into the run of Kannah. The Plymouth, Minn., native took a touch and then made no mistake, calmly burying a shot past Eavenson from just inside the 18-yard box to give NIU a 1-0 advantage.
Less than 30 seconds after the goal, Godsey had to be sharp to catch a long-distance shot from Majed Osman, but that was the only time West Virginia would test the NIU goalkeeper in the final minutes as the Huskies closed the home portion of their schedule with a victory.
Northern Illinois will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 30, when they travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to face Western Michigan. The match with the Broncos is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT, and the contest will be played at Kalamazoo College.