Nov. 21, 2010

Courtesy of Akron Athletics

AKRON, Ohio -
Fueled by a pair of goals from freshman Darren Mattocks, The third-seeded University of Akron men's soccer team earned a 3-2 victory over West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday at Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field.

With the win, the Zips (19-1-1) will host the winner of tonight's Indiana vs. Tulsa match-up next Sunday at 4 p.m.

Akron dominated the first 80 mintues of the contest, out-shooting the Mountaineers 15-2. But WVU (11-8-2), which rallied from a 2-0 deficit in its first-round win over Xavier, caught lighting in a bottle with two goals in the final 10 minutes to make things interesting. Nonetheless, the Zips weathered the storm and advanced to the Round of 16 for the third consecutive season under fifth-year head coach Caleb Porter.

It was another huge game for Mattocks, who has scored five goals in his last three games. The Jamaican striker, who also scored two goals last weekend in the Mid-American Conference championship game, entered the match as the second-highest scoring freshman in the nation and leads the Zips with 17 goals.

UA jumped on top early with a corner kick goal in the 11th minute. A service from Anthony Ampaipitakwong found the head of Darren Mattocks, who flicked the ball past WVU goalkeeper Zach Johnson. A West Virginia defender slid in to make the stop momentarily but Mattocks sent the rebound back into the back of the net from five yards out.

The Zips made it 2-0 in the 30th minute thanks to another goal from Mattocks. Kofi Sarkodie initiated the play with a run down the right side of the field before crossing the ball to Mattocks, who fired a rocket into the box. Johnson got a hand on it but it wasn't enough to prevent the ball from rolling into the net.

Mattocks had another great look in the 41st minute when blast from straight on banged off the right post following a cross from Ampaipitakwong and was denied a hat trick once again in 61st minute when a Mountaineer defender came off his line to make WVU's second team save of the night.

The Zips out-shot the Mountaineers, 11-2, in the first half. Both WVU shots were from distance and just one was on frame.

The Zips, who did not sit on their lead, broke through with goal No. 3 in the 70th minute when Scott Caldwell uncorked an 18-yard strike off the far post and into the net following a beautiful combination play by Ampaipitakwong and Darlington Nagbe. It was the third straight game Caldwell has scored a goal.

West Virginia scored their first goal in the 81st minute when Abel Sebele found the net from 19 yards out and Uzi Tayou provided the game's final margin in the 86th minute off a long throw in.

Zips Notebook: Akron is unbeaten in its last 37 home matches (36-0-1), which represents the third-longest streak in NCAA history, and has won 26 consecutive games at Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field, which is the fourth-longest run ... The first three goals of Caldwell's career have come in the last three games ... UA is 11-0 at home this season where it has out-scored opponents 35-5 ... West Virginia finished the season with a 1-6-2 road record.