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OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 7 University of Akron men's soccer team picked up a hard-fought 1-all draw at No. 2 Creighton Friday night at Morrison Stadium.
After trailing at the half for just the 11th time under seventh-year head coach Caleb Porter, the Zips (1-0-1) found the equalizer in the 57th minute to force overtime. A through ball from Eric Stevenson sprung Aodhan Quinn for what would have been the game winner in the first overtime period, but an offsides call negated the golden goal.
Nonetheless, the Zips overcame an early deficit to earn a positive result on the road against a quality opponent. For the match, Akron out-shot Creighton, 15-12, including a 5-4 edge on frame.
The Bluejays (1-0-1) broke through first in the 24th minute when a shot by Jose Gomez deflected off on Akron defender and left Sean Kim uncontested in the near left flank. Kim fired a liner across the goal, off the far right post and into the net to give Creighton a 1-0 lead. The junior striker leads CU with three goals in two matches.
Akron found the equalizer in the 57th minute when DeAndre Yedlin blew by his mark down the right sideline and whipped in a cross that found the head of Alfred Koroma. The true freshman flicked it home from close range to record his first career goal in an Akron uniform.
The final 15 minutes of the second half featured some frantic moments for both teams as the Zips and Bluejays pressed aggressively for the decisive goal.
Although Akron goalkeeper David Meves had just three saves for the match, none was greater than the diving stop he made of Timo Pitter that was headed for the right corner of the net with less than four minutes in the second half.
Then, it was Creighton keeper Alex Bolowich's turn to make his mark as he turned away a close-range shot by Quinn with two minutes left after Koroma fired a liner into the wall on an Akron corner kick.
The Zips dominated the two overtime periods, posting a 4-1 advantage in shots.
Akron will have a day off before facing SIU Edwardsville, which improved to 3-0-0 on the year with a 1-0 victory over Rutgers earlier Friday, in the final day of the Ameritas Classic Sunday at Morrison Stadium.
Zips Notebook: With the draw, UA improved to 7-1-3 against top 25 teams since 2009 ... Akron is now 3-6-2 when trailing at halftime since 2006. Conversely, the Zips are 103-11-13 when leading or tied at the break during that time ... Five different players have scored a goal for the Zips this fall ... Yedlin has recorded an assist in both matches this season.