Junior midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong had two goals and one assist to lead the top-ranked University of Akron men's soccer team to a 4-0 victory over host Western Michigan Saturday afternoon.
UA, the No. 1 team in the country in all five national polls, has an 11-0-0 overall record and is 3-0-0 in the Mid-American Conference. The 11-0-0 record matches the best start to a season in program history. The 2005 Zips started with 11 consecutive wins.
‘‘To be honest, I had no idea about the record,’’ UA coach Caleb Porter said by telephone.
‘‘I think again, it's a credit to this team and how focused and hungry they have been to start the year. At the same time, we want to be known for being the best Akron team to end a soccer season.’’
The win over the Broncos (3-8-0, 1-1-0) is also the Zips' ninth shutout in 11 matches. UA held an advantage over WMU in shots (15-3), shots on goal (9-2) and corner kicks (7-3).
Ampaipitakwong gave UA a 1-0 lead in the game's 22nd minute with a shot from the middle of the box following a pass from junior Chris Korb. Ampaipitakwong then converted a free kick from 18 yards in the 45th minute to notch the first multiple-goal game of his UA career.
Zips sophomore Michael Nanchoff scored his third goal of the season in the 50th minute. Sophomores Darlington Nagbe and Teal Bunbury assisted on that goal.
Bunbury scored the final goal of the game in the 56th minute off Ampaipitakwong's assist. Bunbury has scored nine goals, has at least one goal in three games in a row and has five in his last six overall.
Zips freshman goalkeeper David Meves recorded his seventh shutout of the season with the assistance of starting defenders Korb, sophomore Kofi Sarkodie and freshmen Zarek Valentin and Chad Barson.
Sophomore Matt Dagilis, senior Ivan Sandoval, senior C.J. Kaufman and junior Enrique Paez also contributed defensively for UA as reserves.
The Zips travel to Blacksburg, Va., to play Virginia Tech Tuesday at 7 p.m.
‘‘This season is a journey and each game is a checkpoint and an opportunity to grow,’’ Porter said. ‘‘I like the potential of this group. It is very exciting.’’
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