Freshman Darren Mattocks continued his scoring surge Saturday with a goal to lead No. 1 ranked University of Akron to a 1-0 victory over host Northern Illinois.
‘‘Our No. 1 priority was to get out of DeKalb with a result,’’ UA coach Caleb Porter said. ‘‘We knew it was going to be a tough game. There style is extremely different to play against. The game was in the air a lot more than it was on the ground. That is not the style we want to play.
‘‘If you want to win, you have to deal with it and we dealt with it. It wasn't pretty, but there are games you have to win ugly.’’
Mattocks scored in the 16th minute for the Zips (9-0-1, 3-0-0 MAC) when he left-footed the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Godsey of the Huskies (5-4-2, 0-2-0 MAC). Mattocks, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, has scored a team-leading seven goals this season.
‘‘As a freshman, I knew it was going to be difficult to come in and play, but hard work and dedication make everything possible,’’ Mattocks said. ‘‘That was our most difficult challenge so far because they are so physical. I have to give our guys credit. Our players and coaches stayed focused and got a 1-0 win.’’
Mattocks has five goals in his last five matches.
‘‘He is just a striker,’’ Porter said. ‘‘For him to have seven goals as a freshman in the first 10 games is impressive. Steve Zakuani and Teal Bunbury each had six goals as freshmen for there entire seasons. For him to be at seven is a credit to where he is at. He still has a lot to learn, but he is getting better everyday.’’
The Zips shutout their third consecutive opponent and ninth opponent this season. Senior Chris Korb and junior Kofi Sarkodie played all 90 minutes defensively with sophomores Zarek Valentin and Chad Barson.
Meves and Ampaipitakwong are day-to-day
For the second match in a row, reserve sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Ponikvar played in a reserve role to sophomore David Meves. Meves left the game after 50 minutes with what Porter called ‘‘a deep muscle contusion.’’
Senior midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong missed the match due to a concussion suffered in the 5-0 win Wednesday at Oakland (Mich.). Porter said Meves and Ampaipitakwong are day-to-day.
UA plays Wednesday at Penn State at 7 p.m.
In case you missed it, here is the writeup from Wednesday night too.
The undefeated and No. 1 ranked University of Akron Zips (8-0-1) scored on four of their first nine shots against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in the first half for an easy win in front of 1,188 fans at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Mich.
Freshman striker Darren Mattocks scored the first two goals in the third and 14th minutes. Junior striker Darlington Nagbe assisted on each goal, and sophomore midfielder Ben Speas assisted on the second goal.
''We really talked about starting the game strong,'' UA coach Caleb Porter said. ''I was very pleased with the fact that we got an early goal and then after 15 minutes we were up 2-0.''
The other two goals in the first half came on a header by sophomore defender Chad Barson off a free kick by senior midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong in the 23rd minute and an unassisted goal in the 25th minute by junior midfielder Michael Nanchoff, a free kick from 25 yards off that deflected off a Grizzlies' defender.
The final goal came in the 75th minute by freshman striker McKauly Tulloch with an assist from junior Michael Balogun.
UA held an advantage in shots (27-5), shots on goal (13-0) and corner kicks (9-1).
The Zips are 56-0-1 when scoring two or more goals under fifth-year coach Porter.
UA plays at Northern Illinois at 4 p.m. Saturday.
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