The No. 2 University of Akron men’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 12 and its winning streak to 11 matches with a 1-0 victory over host Michigan State (8-8-1) on Wednesday.
The lone goal of the match came from junior midfielder Robbie Derschang on a header that deflected off a Spartans defender.
David Meves earned his 13th shutout of the season, and the Zips’ (14-1-2) shutout was their 11th in the last 12 matches, giving them the nation’s best shutout percentage.
The win completed a season sweep of the Big Ten Conference for the third time in the last four seasons for the Zips.
Akron will host Western Michigan in the final match of the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Mid-American Conference coaches selected the University of Akron women’s team to finish third in the Eastern Division and Kent State fifth.
They also chose Zips junior forward Rachel Tecca (Archbishop Hoban), who is returning from a knee injury, as a member of the preseason All-MAC team.
Whether the Zips live up to those expectations remains to be seen, coach Jodi Kest said in a teleconference Wednesday morning. Much of it depends on the team’s five freshmen, who have impressed so far.
“I think by the time we start MAC play, we’ll be where we want to be, but that answer right now I don’t know,” she said. “Again, I think we’re only going to be as good as our freshmen this year because we’re not going to be able to win the conference with just six players.”
Kent State’s primary issue relates to depth, first-year coach Danielle O’Banion said during the teleconference. She said the Golden Flashes had too few players getting too many minutes last season.
“We’ve been able to add some depth and some athleticism to allow us to play fast which is a major point of emphasis for us,” she said.
She arrives at Kent State with one clear goal.
“Our greatest expectation is that we’d be able to foster a competitive spirit and renew our confidence and pride in who we are at Kent State,” she said.
— Beacon Journal staff report