No. 4 Akron tops Saint Louis
Zips dominate possession, outshoot Billikens 21-4 in rout
ST. LOUIS -- No. 4 Akron stayed unbeaten on the season with a commanding 4-0 victory against Saint Louis Saturday at Hermann Stadium.
Akron (3-0-1) dominated possession throughout the contest and owned a 21-4 advantage in shots -- including a 13-2 margin on goal -- against Saint Louis (1-3-0), who upset No. 10 Notre Dame 2-1 last weekend.
Junior midfielder Scott Caldwell led the way with a highlight-reel worthy goal in the second half to go with two assists as Akron won for the first time in five all-time appearances at Saint Louis.
Senior Matt Dagilis, who earned his first start in more than a year, netted the game-winner with a header in the first half while Jamaican strikers Darren Mattocks and Akeil Barrett added to the tally in the second stanza.
The Zips took a 1-0 lead with a set-piece goal in the 21st minute. Following a run by DeAndre Yedlin down the right side of the field, Aodhan Quinn sent the resulting corner kick into the box where Dagilis punched the ball into the back of the net from six yards out.
It was the second career game-winner for the Akron native and first goal since his freshman year of 2008. Dagilis nearly made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute on another Akron corner kick, but this time his diving header sailed just wide of the left post.
The Zips had another prime chance to score just before the end of the half when Mattocks split a pair of defenders and fired from straight on but Billikens' keeper Mark Pais, who finished with nine saves, was there to turn it away.
Akron, which out-shot SLU 14-1 after the intermission, was rewarded for its persistence in the second half early and often.
Mattocks started the scoring in the 59th minute when he took a Caldwell pass and slotted the keeper from the top of the box. It was Mattocks' team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Saint Louis continued to push numbers forward in an attempt to cut into the lead but was punished late when Akron scored back-to-back goals in the span of 51 seconds.
After assisting Mattocks' goal, Caldwell decided to help himself with a rocket beautiful strike from distance that tucked into the upper right corner of the net. Then, just seconds later, Caldwell slipped a ball to Barrett on the right side of the box for the final goal of the evening.