The No. 3 University of Akron men’s soccer team continued three notable streaks and gained sole possession of first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 2-0 victory at Northern Illinois on Saturday.
The Zips (9-1-2, 4-0-0) extended their win streak to six matches and have seven consecutive shutouts.
The other impressive number is the Zips are unbeaten in their last 42 conference matches (39-0-3), which is tied with Clemson (1972-80) for the second-longest run in NCAA history. Furman, which owns the all-time standard, went unbeaten in 46 consecutive league contests from 1999-2003.
Freshman Phil Fives scored his first career goal shortly after the opening whistle and Reinaldo Brenes stayed white hot with his seventh goal in four matches in the 85th minute.
UA outshot the defending MAC Tournament champion Huskies 18-8.
UA goalkeeper David Meves, who finished with five saves, earned the 47th shutout of his four-year career and now trails the school’s all-time leader, Evan Bush (2005-08), by just one in that category.
The Zips host Michigan at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
•The University of Akron men finished third in their division while the Zips women placed ninth at the Pre-National Invitational Saturday morning at E.P “Tom” Sawyer Park, the site of the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
For the men’s side, Dylan Papp was the first Zip to cross the line in 42nd place overall with a time of 25:07.7.
Maria Moore was the Zips’ top finisher placing 27th overall with a time of 21:59.4.
• Redshirt senior Michael Heller from Stow placed fifth with a career-best 24:22.8 for Kent State.
The Golden Flashes placed 17th on the men’s side with 398 points in the 8K while the women’s squad finished 10th in the 6K with 307 points.
Leading the way for the women was senior Alexandria Vintevoghel who finished in 22:17.5 for 49th place.
Kent State (6-10, 2-1 MAC) won its last MAC home game of the season 6-4 over Ball State.
Hannah Faulkner and Julia Hofmann each scored two goals for the Golden Flashes.
Kent State dropped a MAC match at Toledo 3-0 (22-25, 17-25, 25-27) Saturday night.
Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola paced the Flashes with 10 kills, Morgan Semmelhack added six kills.
Aleksandra Nowak recorded a team-high 21 assists.
— Staff report