Soccer

Carlo Ritaccio scored two goals and Ezana Kahsay added another as the University of Akron men's soccer team defeated No. 12 West Virginia 3-1 on Friday in a Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinal match.

UA (9-6-2) will play Western Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday in the MAC title game at West Virginia.

The Mountaineers (13-6-0) scored 11 seconds into the match to take an early 1-0 lead, but Ritaccio answered in the second minute with his first goal of the season off a corner kick from Skye Harter (Copley) to tie the score.

"I think that was a big moment for us," Zips coach Jared Embick said. "Our guys kind of shook it off [the West Virginia goal], and on our first attack, we were able to get in there and get a corner kick and score off of it. I thought that was huge momentum and gave us a lot of belief."

Kahsay scored in the 43rd minute off an assist from Colin Biros to give the Zips a 2-1 lead, and Ritaccio scored an insurance goal in the 66th minute to put the game away.

"It was a good win for us as we needed this as we're looking to make the [NCAA] Tournament," Embick said. "We needed to strengthen our resume as well as to continue to advance in the conference tournament."

Basketball

The Kent State women's basketball team lost its season opener to host North Carolina 70-63 on Friday.

The Golden Flashes (0-1) trailed 36-35 at halftime and by five points after the third quarter, but the Tar Heels outscored the Flashes 25-18 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

Junior Megan Carter led the Flashes with 17 points.

The Flashes play at No. 17 North Carolina State at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Volleyball

Visiting Miami defeated Kent State 3-1 on Friday.

Amy Kober had nine kills, Alex Haffner had 20 assists and Erin Gardner had 21 digs to lead the Golden Flashes (13-16, 6-9 MAC).

The Flashes conclude the regular season at home Saturday against Bowling Green at 5 p.m.

 

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