A goal by Giovanny Vazquez in the 54th minute lifted No. 16 Utah Valley (1-0) to a 1-0 men’s soccer victory over the visiting University of Akron (0-1) on Friday night.

“We are disappointed with the result, especially with the manner in which we gave up the goal,” UA coach Jared Embick said in a news release. “We have a tough schedule and to open up on the road in a difficult environment is not easy. We had some positives and we will have to build on them. Right now we need to focus on rebounding for Monday.”

The No. 13 Zips will play at No. 3 Denver at 9 p.m. Monday.

Defense dominated in the first half as the Zips and Wolverines each had just three shots

Stuart Holthusen nearly scored the equalizer for the Zips in the 89th minute on a header off a pass from Manuel Cordeiro but the Zips were offside.

The Zips outshot Utah Valley 8-6 and the Wolverines had a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal.

Volleyball

The University of Akron volleyball team split its two matches in the Kristen Dickmann Invitational finale in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday. UA beat Maryland Eastern Shore in five sets, before losing to St. Francis in straight sets.

Kayla Gwozdz had a match-high 23 kills in the first game. She had 12 in the second game. She had 24.5 points in the first match and 13 points in the 3-set nightcap.

• At the Cyclone Invitational in Ames, Iowa, Kent State’s women’s volleyball team split two games.

New Mexico won in straight sets over the Golden Flashes.

KSU came back for a straight set, 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 win over Omaha.

Kelsey Bittinger (Strongsville) had 18 kills and Natalie Tagala recorded 35 assists to lead the Golden Flashes (1-2) over Omaha.