The No. 2 University of Akron men’s soccer team cruised to a 4-0 win over host Hartwick on Saturday and clinched the program’s eighth consecutive Mid-American Conference regular season championship.
Just 105 seconds after the opening whistle, junior Eric Stevenson provided UA all the scoring it needed by taking a cross from Robbie Derschang, who was making his first start since Oct. 10.
The Zips made it 2-0 when a Dillon Serna pass found the head of Chad Barson. Barson knocked it home from close range for his second goal of the season.
The other goals came from Reinaldo Brenes and Alfred Koroma, who capped the scoring in the 77th minute with his third goal of the fall.
As a result, the Zips (13-1-2, 6-0-0) earned the right to host the MAC Tournament as the No. 1 seed from Nov. 9-11 at FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field.
Akron outshot the Hawks 18-3 overall and 12-0 on goal.
The Zips extended their unbeaten streak to 11 matches and pushed their win streak to 10.
It was also UA’s 12th shutout in 16 games this season.
• Behind a top-10 finish from junior Brad Hough, the University of Akron men tied Miami for third place with 73 points, just one point shy of second-place Central Michigan at the Mid-American Conference championships in Grand Island, N.Y.
Although he had been limited due to injury, Hough repeated All-MAC first-team honors by finishing seventh individually in the men’s 8K with a time of 25:00.2 (72).
The UA women finished sixth in a field of 12 with 178 points.
For the fourth time this season, Maria Moore was the top Akron finisher on the women’s side. The sophomore finished 25th overall individually with a 6K time of 22:22.9.
• Redshirt senior Michael Heller from Stow became the first four-time all-conference runner in Kent State history with a third-place finish (24:50.0) as the Golden Flashes finished sixth.
The Golden Flashes’ women’s team was ninth with senior Alexandria Vintevoghel finishing 23rd.
The University of Akron (14-10, 7-5 MAC) used a steady offensive pace and a breakout performance from freshman Kelsey Wilson to defeat Toledo 25-13, 25-16, 21-25, 25-22.
Wilson posted a match-high 15 kills. Five players had double-digits in kills, including 12 by Tina Dimitrijevs.
Kent State won 1-0 in double overtime over Central Michigan to give the Golden Flashes a share of the 2012 Mid-American Conference title.
Junior Rebecca Lee scored the game-winning goal off a corner in the final minute to seal the victory for Kent State.
— Staff report