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Sunday night men's college soccer match at FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field ... final match of the University of Akron Tournament
Cal Poly (3-1-2) vs. No. 4 Akron (3-0-2)
Akron starting lineup
Goalkeeper: Junior David Meves.
Defenders: Junior Chad Barson, freshmen Bryan Gallego, DeAndre Yedlin and David Mayer.
Midfielders: Junior Scott Caldwell, sophomore Reinaldo Brenes and freshman Wil Trapp.
Forwards: Sophomores Eric Stevenson and Aodhan Quinn and freshman Akeil Barrett.
Note: Akron sophomore forward Darren Mattocks is not in the starting lineup. He is not able to play due to a red card he got in the Zips 1-1 draw with New Mexico on Friday night.
The Mustangs and Zips are currently playing and neither team has scored a goal.
With about nine and a half minutes to go in the first half, junior Thomas Schmitt and sophomore Zac Portillos sub into the UA lineup for Barrett and Stevenson.
Mustangs sophomore midfielder George Malki had the best scoring chance of the first half when he kicked the ball and hit the crossbar with about five and a half minutes to go.
Schmitt had a great scoring opportunity with 39 seconds to go in the half when he was one-on-one with Mustangs senior goalkeeper Patrick McLain, but Schmitt's shot went wide right.
It is 0-0 at halftime.
Each team has one shot on goal. Cal Poly holds an advantage in corner kicks at 4-0.
Akron has had some scoring chances but shots have yet to go in the net.
Junior midfielder Scott Caldwell gives the Zips a 1-0 lead with a goal off of a penalty kick with seven minutes and 33 seconds remaining in the match.
Freshman defender DeAndre Yedlin drew the foul in the box after a nice pass from sophomore forward Aodhan Quinn. Mustangs senior defender Wes Feighner fouled Yedlin in the box near the goal. Feighner received a yellow card.
AKRON WINS 1-0
Meves finished with three saves and McLain had one. Cal Poly held a 11-4 edge in corner kicks.
On Cal Poly senior goalkeeper Patrick McLain staring him down and shouting: “I know where you’re going” and other verbal challenges: “He said something like that. The Rowdies will remember what he said. I don’t remember exactly what he said. I was just trying to focus on the PK.”
On whether McLain’s chattiness provide any extra motivation for him?: “I just forget about it and focus on what needs to be done.”
“Aodhan Quinn had a great turn. He played a tremendous through ball to DeAndre Yedlin, and he just used his speed to break through the defenders. It was a great play by Aodhan and DeAndre.”
UA coach Caleb Porter
“Quinn got the ball and played a great pass. Yedlin, this kid has got talent. We are real excited about him. He is just scratching the surface of what he is capable of doing and being. He showed his pace . . . and then we knew Scotty would score it. He doesn’t miss those.”
“This was a big win, it was a gutsy win. Credit to Cal Poly. They came in and they fought hard. They are a good team. These Big West teams we have been playing are good teams and the other thing about them is that they are used to playing against big crowds.”
“One of the things that I was proud of is that we adapted a bit. When you play against a team that is direct and presses you, you have to do things that are out of your comfort zone. Those are things like winning second balls and things like playing direct to break the pressure.”
“Coach tells me when we have the ball at midfield I should just run because he said I am faster than anyone we play against. [Quinn] played a good ball in. I took a touch. [Feighner] beat me to the ball actually, but somehow I got around him and then in front of him, and then the foul happened.”
“Coach said in the [postgame] circle that we grew up from this game. We are used to playing like Barcelona, but now we know how to play the long ball if we need to. We take confidence from this win in that we can play different styles. Teams don’t have a blueprint to beat us now.”
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