Reinaldo Brenes converted a penalty kick in double overtime to give the University of Akron (3-1-0) a 2-1 soccer victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-2-1) in New Jersey.
Akron fell behind early in the second half when Rutgers’ Kene Eze headed a cross into the right corner of the goal. The Zips outshot the host Scarlet Knights 28-8 but did not breach the defense until there were 5 minutes remaining.
Akron freshman Ismail Seremba collected a pass from Eric Stevenson at the top of the 18-yard box and emphatically finished past the Rutgers goalkeeper.
Just minutes later, a Rutgers defender fouled Brenes, prohibiting him from a clear goal-scoring opportunity and was shown a red card.
With the momentum and the man advantage, the Zips dominated play in the overtime period.
Akron’s tenacity paid off five minutes into the second overtime when midfielder Matt Foldsey threaded a pass between two defenders to Saad Abdul-Salaam, who was fouled in the penalty area.
Brenes scored the spot kick to give Akron a 2-1 win.
The University of Akron (2-2-2) fell to Boston University (3-2-1) at home 3-2.
Akron took a 2-1 lead an hour into the game when Sarah Sivic scored after receiving a pass from Brianna Kanz.
It was Sivic’s third point of the day as she assisted Akron’s first goal, which was scored by Madison Kaser.
Unfortunately for the Zips, Boston scored two goals in the next 20 minutes and Akron fell behind, 3-2.
• Kent State University (4-2-0) defeated the College of Charleston (2-4-0) 1-0 in the College of Charleston Cup Tournament in Charleston, S.C.
Junior Stephanie Haugh scored in the 21st minute to give KSU the victory.
Jaclyn Dutton assisted on the goal for her first point of the season.
In goal, Stephanie Senn made several impressive saves, including a diving save in the 57th minute that preserved the win for the Golden Flashes. Senn finished with a season-high eight saves to earn a shutout.
Haugh was joined by seniors Morgan Mah and Katherine Lawrence as the three Flashes named to the all-tournament team following strong weekend performances.