Akron continues tough slate
No. 8 Blazers hope to build off of momentum from last weekend
The Zips (3-1-0) will officially kick off their home schedule this weekend when they play host to the annual University of Akron Tournament. UA will take on No. 19 VCU Friday at 7 p.m. ET in a key non-conference clash before facing San Diego State for the first time in program history Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Last weekend was no easy road for the Zips, seeing action in two double-overtime matchups.
Friday, Akron suffered its first setback on the season in a 2-1 double-overtime defeat at No. 23 St. John's.
Late in the second half, with the score tied at one, the Zips (2-1-0) appeared to catch a break when junior Saad Abdul-Salaam went down in the box while attempting a shot. But no penalty was awarded and the teams went into overtime.
Ironically, it was a penalty kick that did UA in as Red Storm junior Tim Parker earned it in the 106th minute of play and senior Jummy Mulligan tucked it away to hand the Zips their first defeat since Sept. 9 of last season.
On Sunday, it didn't get any easier for the Zips. A penalty kick by Reinaldo Brenes in the 105th minute lifted Akron to a come-from-behind, 2-1 victory in double overtime at Rutgers on Sunday at Yurcak Field.
With 17 seconds remaining in the first overtime period freshman Rami Dajani headed a ball past Indiana's Michael Soderlund to give then-No. 18 UAB (3-0-0) a 2-1 victory against then-No. 8 Indiana (1-2-0), the defending national champions, on Friday night at West Campus Field.
With three wins thus far this season on a spotless slate, the Blazers have the highest scoring offense in the country with a clip of 3.67 goals per game, which is tied with Dayton for the top-spot in Division I men's soccer. In addition, the squad ranks third in the nation in total goals (11) and sixth in total assists (10) and total points (32).
With the big win last weekend, UAB propelled into the top-10 of the latest coaches' poll, now sitting at No. 8.
UAB now heads into a weekend where it will face yet another trying run, this time against No. 21 Charlotte on Friday. The Blazers will also meet ETSU on Sunday to round out the weekend.
|Friday, Sept. 13|
|4 p.m.||No. 5 California vs. Penn State|
|6 p.m.||No. 1 Creighton vs. Old Dominion|
|7 p.m.||No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 18 Maryland|
|7 p.m.||No. 4 Notre Dame vs. Syracuse|
|7 p.m.||No. 10 Washington vs. Brown|
|8 p.m.||No. 7 Akron vs. No. 19 VCU|
|8 p.m.||No. 8 UAB vs. No. 21 Charlotte|
|9 p.m.||No. 9 New Mexico vs. Santa Clara|
|Saturday, Sept. 14|
|7 p.m.||No. 3 Connecticut vs. Bradley|
|8 p.m.||No. 6 Saint Louis vs. Denver|
|Sunday, Sept. 15|
|11 a.m.||No. 1 Creighton vs. William & Mary|
|2 p.m.||No. 7 Akron vs. San Diego State|
|3:30 p.m.||No. 8 UAB vs. ETSU|
|8 p.m.||No. 9 New Mexico vs. Cal State Northridge|
|Tuesday, Sept. 17|
|7 p.m.||No. 2 North Carolina vs. Campbell|
|7 p.m.||No. 3 Connecticut vs. Syracuse|
|7:30 p.m.||No. 4 Notre Dame vs. Michigan|