Sophomore Teal Bunbury scored his second game-winning goal in the past four games to lead the No. 1-ranked University of Akron men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over host Buffalo in a Mid-American Conference game on a cold and rainy Friday night at UB Stadium.
Bunbury recorded his team-leading 12th goal of the season in the 13th minute, and the Zips defense tallied its 12th shutout of the season.
UA, the top team in the country in all five national polls under coach Caleb Porter, has a 15-0-0 overall record and is 5-0-0 in the MAC. The Bulls are 5-9-0 and 0-4-0.
“We've been on the road the last six of seven games and I thought we looked a little flat at times tonight,” Porter said in a UA statement. “But we still generated quality chances and possessed the ball for the entire game. Sometimes the goals don't come easily and the finishing touch is off, but once again our defending clamped down and we were able to get the result.”
The Zips held an advantage over the Bulls in shots (17-3), shots on goal (5-0) and corner kicks (4-2). UA did not allow a shot on goal for the second time in 2009.
Bunbury has scored seven goals in his past seven games, and he has scored a game-winner three times this season.
Zips freshman goalkeeper David Meves recorded his 10th shutout of the season with the assistance of starting defenders junior Chris Korb, sophomore Matt Dagilis and freshmen Zarek Valentin and Chad Barson.
This was the Zips final regular season away game. UA’s final three games of the regular season games are all at Lee Jackson Field. The three-game homestand begins Wednesday against Penn State at 7:30 p.m. and also includes Michigan State and Hartwick.
“We will take a few days to refuel the tank for our final stretch of the regular season,” Porter said.