The University of Akron Men’s Soccer team beat the University at Buffalo Bulls in overtime 1-0 to win the MAC Championship. The winning goal was headed into the net by Freshman Anthony Ampaipitakwongin the 101st minute for the Zips’ fifth MAC Tournament title. Akron also won the regular season conference title.
The Zips will now wait to see where they are seeded in the NCAA Tournament. Fan can join the team at Cleats in Fairlawn where they will watch the NCAA College Cup selection show on ESPN News at 5:30pm Monday.
It was an ugly night for men’s soccer due to constant rain, but the Zips toughed it out besting the Buffalo Bulls 1-0 Friday night in Buffalo, NY. Akron is now 3-0-1 in the MAC (11-3-2 overall) while the Bulls fall to 3-1-0 (9-4-2 overall).
Akron’s only goal came freshman Steve Zakuani pushed the ball toward the Buffalo goal allowing senior Matt Tutich to tap it in.
Akron has two regular-season matches remaining and both will take place on the road. The Zips head north to Oakland on Oct. 31 then wrap up the season at Western Michigan on Nov. 3.
It took two overtimes periods to do it, but at the 44 second mark in the second overtime Michigan scored the game winning goal to defeat Akron 1-0 on Wednesday in Ann Arbor.
Going into the match, Akron was ranked No. 16 nationally with a record of 10-2-2. The Zips had won their last 10 matches prior to Wednesday’s loss.
Akron travels to University at Buffalo this Friday at 7:00PM. The Bulls are 3-0-0 in conference play.
No. 23 ranked Akron Zips men’s soccer team defeated the Bowling Green Falcons 4-0 on Saturday. For the most part, the Falcons hung with the Zips for the first half. In the second half, the Zips’ talented offensive attack struck early lead by Steve Zakuani who scored two goals on the day. Akron’s defense was stifling as they held Bowling Green to a season low 7 shots on goal.
With the wein, Akron improves to 10-2-2. Akron next heads to Buffalo on Friday night to try to take over first place in the MAC.
No. 23 Akron men’s soccer will face an injured Penn State Wednesday night at Lee Jackson Field. The Zips (8-2-2, 0-0-1) are looking to improve their record and possibly their ranking by beating the Nittany Lions (4-6-2, 1-1-1). Akron has the advantage from a talent and national ranking standpoint, but will possibly enjoy the additional advantage of injuries to the Penn State offensive attack.
Junior forward Jason Yeisley suffered a serious knee injury last week in a match with Boston College. The timing of this injury couldn’t have been worse for Penn State as their offense has only seen 2 goals in the last three games.
On the other hand, Akron’s offensive attack features freshman Anthony Ampaipitakwong who ranks ninth in the nation on assists. On the defensive side, Akron finds themselves ranked tenth in shutouts thanks to junior goalkeeper Evan Bush.
Wednesday’s match-up begins at 7:30 on the campus of the University of Akron. For game day information including ticket pricing and parking, visit UofAZIPS.com’s Game Day page.
It’s unfortunate when it happens, but at least in America the fans don’t riot.
The University of Akron Zips where held to a 1-1 tie vs. in-state rival Ohio State Wednesday at Lee Jackson Field. The loan OSU goal came when OSU junior midfielder Roger Espinoza passed the ball across the field in front of the goal from the left side. The ball hit off the Zips’ senior midfielder Elliot Bradbrook and bounced into the goal. Akron’s record is at 5-2-1 while the Buckeyes are at 5-2-2.
Akron will heads out on the road for two matches against UNC Greensboro and Wright State before returning home to open Mid-American Conference play versus Hartwick, Oct. 6, at 7:30 pm.
The Akron Zips men’s soccer team will host no. 25 Ohio State Buckeyes Wednesday at Lee Jackson Field at 7:30pm. Akron is undefeated at home this season. OSU is ranked fourth in by the National Soccer Coaches Association in the Great Lakes Region. Akron is currently ranked seventh.
The Akron Zips men’s soccer team topped the University of Kentucky Sunday 1-0 improving their record to 4-2-0. Akron leads the series against UK 4-8-2 with Akron winning the last three matches between the teams. Akron’s goal actually came when UK midfielder Brad Frederick accidentally tapped the ball into his own goal while trying to clear it.
The University of Akron Men’s soccer team lost to No. 1 Wake Forest 3-1 Friday in Winston-Salem, NC. A win against the Demon Deacons would have vaulted Akron near the top ranking in college soccer. Devin McKenney scored the lone Zips goal. Akron falls to 2-1-0 on the season.