It’s unanimous; the University of Akron men’s soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the country.
The Zips (6-0-0) are the consensus No. 1 college soccer team according to five polls; National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas, Soccer Times, Soccer America, Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.
UA is one of just five schools in the country with a perfect record so far. The others are UMBC (7-0-0), Monmouth (6-0-0), Harvard (5-0-0) and Stetson (5-0-0).
“I am pleased with the diversity in the attack,” UA coach Caleb Porter said following a win Sunday. “We are getting goals from a lot of different spots, which makes us unpredictable to deal with. I think it's also a sign of the chemistry, the unity and the cohesiveness of this group. We defend as a team, we attack as a team and our leadership was tremendous.”
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Zips sophomore midfielder Michael Nanchoff was also named Soccer America’s National Player of the Week after being named Offensive MVP of the University of Akron Tournament last weekend. He scored a goal in UA’s 1-0 win over No. 8/10 Indiana University on Friday night and had an assist in a 4-0 victory over Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon.
UA sophomore forward Teal Bunbury and freshman defender Zarek Valentin were named to National Teams of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News, respectively.
Bunbury scored twice in the triumph over Saint Louis and is tied with freshman forward Yoram Mwila for the team lead in goals with three.
Valentin has been key to a UA defense that has recorded five shutouts in six matches. The Zips lead all Division I programs in shutout percentage (0.83) and are second with a 0.17 goals-against-average.
“Definitely I am really pleased,” Porter said. “We are not giving many chances and our backline is solid.”
UA will open Mid-American Conference play Saturday night when they host Bowling Green at Lee Jackson Field for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.