The top-ranked University of Akron men's soccer team scored three first-half goals and defeated High Point 4-1 Friday on the first day of the adidas Bearcat Classic at the University of Cincinnati's Gettler Stadium.
UA, ranked No. 1 in the nation by four polls, including National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas and Soccer America, held an advantage over High Point in shots (24-2), shots on goal (12-1) and corner kicks (5-2).
Kofi Sarkodie scored a goal in the 17th minute off an assist by sophomore forward
Teal Bunbury to give the Zips (3-0-0) a 1-0 advantage over the Panthers (3-1-0).
Darlington Nagbe scored an unassisted goal two minutes later to give the Zips a 2-0 lead.
Bunbury added a goal in the 35th minute to make the score 3-0 on an assist from sophomore midfielder
High Point avoided the shutout with a goal by
Hilaire Babou in the 56th minute off an assist from
UA answered with a goal in the 85th minute.
Yoram Mwila scored the final Zips goal with an assist from junior defender
Bunbury led the Zips with a career-high five shots, Mwila had four and Sarkodie and senior midfielder
Ben Zemanski each contributed three.
The Zips are 32-0-0 under fourth-year coach
Caleb Porter when leading at halftime.
The Zips have had six players score a goal this season: Sarkodie, Nagbe, Bunbury, Mwila on Friday and junior midfielders
Blair Gavin and
Anthony Ampaipitakwong last weekend.
UA will play the host University of Cincinnati on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.