Hello University of Akron Zips fans, this is Michael Beaven and I am filling in for Mike Rasor on this post.
The No. 12 Zips men's soccer team concluded a successful weekend at the Indiana University Classic on Sunday with a scoreless tie against the host No. 7 Hoosiers at Jerry Yeagley Field in Bloomington.
UA, which beat No. 3 Notre Dame 3-0 on Friday, won the Classic title before a crowd of over 3,000 fans based on goal differential in the tournament. IU, the alma mater, of Zips coach Caleb Porter, claimed the runner-up spot.
Freshman Kofi Sarkodie, sophomore Chris Korb and redshirt freshman Matt Dagilis, a Firestone High School graduate, comprised the Zips starting defense for the second consecutive game. Senior goal keeper Evan Bush recorded six saves and posted his 37th career shutout.
Zips freshman Teal Bunbury appeared to have a goal in the 49th minute after Bush kicked the ball down the pitch and Bunbury kicked it into the net. The goal was taken away when an official ruled Bunbury made too much contact with a Hoosier defender to control the ball.
Sarkodie, junior Ben Zemanski (CVCA) and sophomores Steve Zakuani and Anthony Ampaipitakwong were each named to the 11 member All-Tournament Team and Zakuani was named the Offensive MVP.
Sarkodie, Zakuani and Ampaipitakwong each scored a goal in UA's exciting victory over Notre Dame.
UA will open the home portion of its schedule against West Virginia at Lee Jackson Field at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Akron Tournament.