The University of Akron men's soccer team defeated Cal State Northridge 3-0 Friday night at renovated Lee Jackson Field before a crowd of 4,200.
Freshman midfielder Perry Kitchen scored a goal with 40:40 to go in the first half to give the Zips a 1-0 lead. Junior forward Darlington Nagbe assisted on the goal.
Nagbe scored a goal with 17:30 remaining in the first half to make the score 2-0. Seniors Chris Korb and Anthony Ampaipitakwong each recorded an assist on the goal.
Sophomore defender Chad Barson extended UA's advantage to 3-0 with 2:13 to go in the first half with a goal off of an assist by Ampaipitakwong.
The No. 1 ranked Zips enter the game at 3-0-0 and the Matadors are 0-3-1.
UA's starting lineup is:
-- Forwards: Junior Darlington Nagbe and freshman Darren Mattocks.
-- Midfielders: Senior Anthony Ampaipitakwong, junior Michael Nanchoff, sophomore Scott Caldwell and freshman Perry Kitchen.
-- Defenders: Senior Chris Korb, junior Kofi Sarkodie and sophomores Zarek Valentin and Chad Barson.
-- Goalkeeper: sophomore David Meves.
Zips sophomores Ben Speas and Thomas Schmitt contributed in reserve roles with freshmen Martin Ontiveros, Eric Stevenson and McKauly Tulloch, and juniors Michael Balogun and Matt Dagilis.
-- UA recognized former coach Stu Parry prior to the match at midfield. Parry stood and took part in the ceremonial first kick alongside current Zips coach Caleb Porter.
-- Parry founded the Akron soccer program in 1954 and the Zips first year of competition was in 1955. Since the program's inception, the Zips have won 21 OSCA titles, 12 MAC titles and made 24 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. There have also been 42 All-American recognitions.
-- A banner was unveiled prior to the match to honor the national runnerup teams of 2009 and 1986.