The University of Akron soccer team earned its ninth consecutive regular season Mid-American Conference title Saturday by beating host Western Michigan 2-1 in double overtime.
Senior Robbie Derschang scored the game-winner for the ninth-ranked Zips (14-3-1, 5-1-0) off a corner kick from freshman Adam Najem in the 105th minute. Najem had his fourth assist of the year in the first half, feeding a ball to Reinaldo Brenes to give the Zips a 1-0 lead that stood until late in the game.
The Broncos (8-8-1, 4-1-1) tied the score with about 11 minutes left in the second half on a header by Oliver Mayer.
In the second overtime, Najem got his fifth assist of the season. Derschang’s goal was his third game-winner.
UA will host the MAC Tournament next weekend.
• Alex Cocklin’s match-high 18 kills and Ashley Holder’s fifth double-double (40 assists and 17 digs) of the season, led Akron (8-17, 2-12) over MAC West Division leader Ball State 3-1 (25-17, 25-19, 9-25, 26-24) at Rhodes Arena. The win was Akron’s first over Ball State (22-7, 10-4) in exactly five years to the day.
• Mount Union, ranked No. 10 in the nation, had four players named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference teams.
Taylor Webb and Nicole Snyder were named All-OAC first team. Junior Lauren Mastroine (Orrville) was named OAC Libero of the Year and also to the All-OAC second team. Junior Sarah Schleich (Cloverleaf) was an honorable-mention selection.