Akron 5, West Virginia 0

Nov. 23, 2005

AKRON, Ohio -- Freshman midfielder Matthew Tutich (Westmont, Ill./Hinsdale Central) recorded his first career multiple-goal game with scores in the 32nd and 67th minutes, and the Zips dominated both side of the ball in a 5-0 win over West Virginia (13-8-2) Wednesday afternoon in a second-round NCAA Tournament match at Lee Jackson Field.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but was postponed until today due to an excessive amount of snow which made the field unplayable. Akron (18-1-2) advances to face Connecticut (16-3-1) in a third-round match on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Storrs, Conn.

The game was quiet offensively until a little after 20 minutes in when the Zips stepped up their offensive attack. Akron¹s first opportunity came at 28:49 when Ross McKenzie (Whangamata, New Zealand/Mount Albert) had an open shot that was blocked by West Virginia goalkeeper Nick Noble. The rebound went to Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor/UIC), who was denied by WVU¹s Pat Carroll. The Zips had one more shot, but Jonathan McClain¹s (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne/Wright State) tipped out over the goal line by an outstretched Noble.

Akron finally broke through at 31:34 with Tutich¹s seventh goal of the season and his fourth game-winner. Ubiparipovic sent the ball in on a corner kick, and McKenzie flicked the ball over to Tutich who slammed it in for the score.

³Ross made a good run to the middle and got his head on the ball and flicked it to the far post where I was fortunate to get on the other end of it,² Tutich said.

The Zips were up 2-0 at the halftime break as Justin Sadler (Boiling Springs, Pa./Cumberland Valley/Drexel) scored a beautifully executed goal at 42:55. Collecting a pass from Amico DiFranco (Chesterland, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin), Sadler showed his leg strength with a blistering shot from 20 yards out, his third goal of the season. Akron held a commanding 12-1 advantage in shots taken in the first stanza.

Akron added another two goals in a span of under two minutes to put the game out of reach. McKenzie¹s team-leading 16th goal of the season came at 64:52 with a header off Dino Campellone¹s (Seven Hills, Ohio/St. Ignatius) serve inside from the left. Tutich added his second goal of the afternoon when DiFranco rolled the ball into the box for Tutich at 66:14.

The Mountaineers had five shots on goal in the second half, none of which ever threatened UA goalkeeper Evan Bush¹s (Concord, Ohio/Lake Catholic) school-record 14th shutout of the season. The Zips ended the game with a 17-8 shot advantage and finished up 4-2 on corner kicks.

Steve Kalan (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) closed out the scoring with 37 seconds left in the game on an open net shot.

³I think we did a lot of things well today,² said University of Akron head coach Ken Lolla. ³I thought we finished our chances well. Getting the second goal just before halftime was huge, because it put the pressure on West Virginia in the second half. I know we defended well, they are big on restarts and I thought we did a good job in neutralizing that. We came out focused, sharp and prepared to play and we intend to do the same thing at UConn.²

Akron has now scored an NCAA-leading 64 goals on the season, which is also a new Mid-American Conference record. The Zips also lead the nation in fewest goals allowed (eight) and goals-against average (0.37).






-- Courtesy Akron