Sept. 25, 2010

AKRON, Ohio - In front of a Lee Jackson Field record-setting crowd of 4,744, the No. 1-ranked University of Akron men's soccer team produced its highest goal output of the season, defeating No. 2-ranked Tulsa 4-0 on Friday night. The Golden Hurricane (6-1-0) are the third top-five team to be downed by the Zips (6-0-0) thus far this season.

The Zips also recorded their 11th-straight clean sheet, tying the record for most consecutive shutouts in collegiate soccer history. UA will have a chance to break the record, also held by Furman and Virginia, on Wednesday at Ohio State. Akron 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 pushed the ball over to Sarkodie who was in space down the right side. Sarkodie moved to his left and laced a shot from 22 yards out that took a deflection off a Tulsa defender and went off the fingertips of goalkeeper 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 miscue. 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 score came at the 13th minute.

Ampaipitakwong delivered a splendid corner to set up the third Zips 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.

Akron outshot Tulsa 20-8 in the match, with most of the Golden Hurricane attempts coming from distance and not troubling UA 'keeper David Meves. Meves made one save for 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. ET kickoff.

Zips Notebook: Freshman Darren Mattocks fired a game-high seven shots in the match, nearly netting his second goal of the game several times ... Akron struck the post three times in the match.