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No. 1 Zips defeat Falcons 6-0 in MAC opener

By Michael Beaven Published: September 27, 2009

The University of Akron men's soccer team scored six goals in the first half and never looked back Saturday night in a 6-0 victory over Bowling Green at Lee Jackson Field.
The Zips improved to 7-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the Mid-American Conference and the Falcons dropped to 1-6-2 overall and 0-1-0 in the MAC.
A steady rain Saturday limited the crowd to 647 fans, but didn't seem to bother the Zips, the country's No. 1 ranked team according to all five national polls.
Sophomore Teal Bunbury led the Zips with two goals and sophomore Michael Nanchoff had four assists, which matched a 43-year-old school record.
Nanchoff is the third UA player to record four assists in one game. He joins Ed Bender, who first set the record in 1956, and his father, George Nanchoff, who accomplished the feat in 1974.
UA also got one goal apiece from freshman Chad Barson, sophomore Darlington Nagbe, senior Ben Zemanski and freshman Ben Speas.
Zips with one assist were Zemanski, senior Anthony Ampaipitakwong and junior Chris Korb.
Freshman David Meves and sophomore Josh Pantazelos were UA’s goalkeepers; and the Zips starting defenders were Barson, Korb, sophomore Kofi Sarkodie and freshman Zarek Valentin.
UA held an advantage over BGSU in shots (21-2), shots on goal (11-0) and corner kicks (7-1).
The Zips have shutout their last four opponents and Caleb Porter owns a 15-1-1 record against MAC schools since becoming UA’s coach in 2006.
UA hosts Ohio State on Wednesday. The match, which is expected to be a sellout, is set to start at 7:30 p.m. The Zips defeated the Buckeyes twice last season, 4-3 in a regular season match in Columbus and 1-0 in a double overtime match played in Akron. The second matchup came in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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