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No. 1 Zips beat Owls, Zakuani story coming soon

By Michael Beaven Published: October 4, 2009

The No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team defeated host Florida Atlantic 3-0 Saturday night in a Mid-American Conference match.
UA scored three first-half goals and never looked back. Sophomore forward Teal Bunbury scored two goals and freshman midfielder Ben Speas scored one goal.
The Zips (9-0-0, 2-0-0 MAC) extended their shutout streak to six games and have allowed only one goal this season. UA opponents have not scored a goal in the past 574 minutes of play, and the Zips hold a 20-0 advantage during this current shutout streak.
FAU drops to 4-3-2 overall and 0-1-0 in the MAC.
The Zips held an advantage over the Owls in shots (20-2), shots on goal (7-1) and corner kicks (2-0).
UA sophomore midfielder Michael Nanchoff and junior midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong each tallied one assist.
Steve Zakuani story coming soon
I drove to Columbus on Saturday to watch former UA standout Steve Zakuani play in a Major League Soccer match between the Columbus Crew and the Seattle Sounders.
After the game I interviewed Zakuani, a Sounders rookie, and Sounders coach Sigi Schmid in the locker room for a story that will appear in the Akron Beacon Journal and ohio.com later this week.
I talked to Zakuani about his rookie season in the MLS, Coach Schmid, UA coach Caleb Porter, Zips soccer and more. Check out the newspaper and the website later in the week for the story.
Seattle defeated Columbus 1-0 on Saturday. Roger Levesque scored a goal in the first half for the Sounders (10-7-11). The Crew, the 2008 MLS Cup Champions, remain in first place in the Eastern Conference and have the league’s top record at 12-5-10.
As a side note, Crew Stadium is pretty nice. This was my third trip their after seeing the Crew defeat Kansas City 2-0 in November of 2008 and seeing the USA Men’s National Team beat Mexico 2-0 in February of 2009.

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