AKRON, Ohio – Ohio State dropped a 3-1 decision to fourth-ranked and unbeaten Akron Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field in front of a stadium-record 5,819 fans. The Buckeyes drop to 5-4-1 on the season, while the Zips improve to 6-0-2 and extend their NCAA-record home unbeaten streak to 43 games.
“Overall, I don’t think we played nearly as well as we are capable of and tonight Akron was clearly the better team,” Ohio State head coach John Bluem said. “I was proud of the way the guys did not give up and, for a span of about 30 minutes, played really well together. Akron’s strength and precision of play could not be matched tonight though. We will learn from this and move on through the second half of our schedule.”
Ohio State registered a pair of shots in the opening 10:33, but sent both high. The Zips opened the scoring in the 21st minute when DeAndre Yedlin ran down the right side of the penalty area and banked a shot off the far post and into the goal. The Buckeyes tightened up on defense, thwarting Akron’s remaining four attempts in the period and headed into intermission trailing 1-0.
The Zips doubled their lead midway through the second half after Luke Holmes’ shot was stopped by Ohio State’s Matt Lampson, but allowed back into play and Thomas Schmitt was able to score on the rebound from six yards out. Less than five minutes later, the Buckeyes put themselves on the board when Vallejo played Sebastian Rivas the ball with a long pass through the left side and Rivas finished it off by slotting it into the left side in the 74th minute. Rivas’ goal was just the third allowed by Akron this season and the second at home.
The Zips added their third goal in the 82nd minute to foil the comeback attempt after Holmes banked a shot off the crossbar and into the net.
The Zips posted a 15-5 advantage in shots and 3-0 margin in corner kicks. Lampson made four stops in goal, including three in the first half, while David Meves came up with one save for Akron.