Final Score: No. 1 Akron 4, No. 2 Tulsa 0, before a Lee Jackson Field record crowd of 4,744
The No. 1 ranked University of Akron Zips improve to 6-0-0, the No. 2 ranked Tulsa University Golden Hurricane drop to 6-1-0.
Junior defender Kofi Sarkodie scored a goal in the ninth minute to give UA a 1-0 lead. Sarkodie's goal came from 22 yards away and deflected off of Tulsa junior defender Blaine Gonsalves before going past freshman goalkeeper Ray Clark.
Freshman midfielder Perry Kitchen extended the Zips lead to 2-0 in the 13th minute with a goal from five yards away. Juniors Michael Nanchoff and Darlington Nagbe each got an assist on the goal. Nanchoff started the play with a corner kick and Nagbe got a touch on the ball before Kitchen put it past Clark.
Freshman forward Darren Mattocks made the score 3-0 in the 50th minute with a goal from six yards away. Senior Anthony Ampaipitakwong got an assist after starting the play with a corner kick.
Ampaipitakwong made the score 4-0 in the 70th minute when he netted a goal from eight yards away. Nagbe tallied his second assist of the night on the goal.
The Zips almost scored in the 38th minute when sophomores Thomas Schmitt and Scott Caldwell each almost scored. Schmitt had a shot poked away by Clark and Caldwell followed that with a shot that sailed over the cross bar.
Mattocks almost added another goal in the 58th minute when a shot deflected off the crossbar. In the 63rd minute, Mattocks took a shot that sent Clark diving to his left to make a save.
UA shut out its sixth consecutive opponent this season and extended its streak to 11 in a row dating to last season. The Zips are tied for the longest shutout streak in NCAA history with Virginia (2009) and Furman (2002).
The Zips, which have not allowed a goal in 1,110 minutes and 59 seconds, held an advantage over the Golden Hurricane in shots (20-8) and shots on goal (8-1).
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.
Sophomores Thomas Schmitt and Ben Speas entered the Zips lineup as reserves along with freshmen Martin Ontiveros and McKauly Tulloch and junior Michael Balogun.