No. 1 Men's Soccer Guts Out Win at UIC
Oct. 7, 2009
*Courtesy of Akron Athletics
CHICAGO, Illinois - The No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team kept its perfect season intact with a 3-1 victory at UIC Wednesday night in a game that saw all four goals scored in the final 20 minutes of regulation.
The Zips (10-0-0), who are one win shy of matching their best start in school history, were knocking on the door for much of the game with three shots on goal in the first half alone yet played to a scoreless tie with the Flames (3-3-4). UA didn't allow a single shot by the Flames in the opening period while Michael Nanchoff, Teal Bunbury and Darlington Nagbe all had their shot attempts rejected by UIC goalkeeper Jovan Bubonja, who finished with six saves on the night.
But Blair Gavin, who is developing a flair for dramatic goals in 2009, gave the UA offense the spark that it needed in the game's 72nd minute with his third game-winning goal of the campaign following a corner kick by the Zips. Gavin now has three goals on the season and all three have been game-winners as the midfielder also netted decisive scores against SMU (1-0) and Ohio State (3-0).
Sophomore Kofi Sarkodie appeared to put the game away for good in the game's 86th minute with his second goal of the year but UIC made it interesting when forward Kevin Stoll found the net off a redirect from teammate Josh Beard with less than two mintes to play.
UIC's rally was quickly put to rest, however, when Bunbury scored his seventh goal in five games just 36 seconds later on a breakaway to provide the game's final margin.