Men's Soccer Blitzes No. 11 South Florida With Four Second-Half Goals
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AKRON, Ohio – The No. 9 University of Akron men's soccer team scored four times in the second half to finish off a 5-0 shoutout of No. 11 South Florida Sunday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
With the victory, the Zips (4-1-2), who earned a 1-all draw against No. 10 St. John's Friday, were named winners of The University of Akron Tournament. The Bulls, who were ranked No. 2 in the country in last week's rankings, fell to 4-2-1 on the year.
Scott Caldwell, who fueled UA with two goals against the USF, was named the tournament's Offensive MVP while teammate David Meves, who helped the club record its second-consecutive shutout, garnered Defensive MVP honors.
Eric Stevenson, Dillon Serna, Chad Barson and Aodhan Quinn represented the Zips on the All-Tournament Team.
Akron took control from the start of the match and never let up, out-shooting South Florida 18-6, including a 9-3 advantage on goal. Also finding the net for the Zips were Serna, who scored the first goal of his young career, Stevenson, who tallied his third goal of the season, and Quinn.
The Zips took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute when Quinn chipped a ball into the box. When a USF defender tried to clear it with a header, Caldwell jumped on the rebound and one-timed it into the back of the net.
A series a passes and a strong finish resulted in another Akron goal in the 56th minute. Freshman Phil Fives, who made his first start of the season at left back, whipped the ball across the goal to Reinaldo Brenes, who crossed it to Serna in the middle of the box. Serna slotted the keeper from 15 yards out to make it 2-0.
Three more goals would follow in a flurry as Stevenson finished a rebounded shot by Robbie Derschang in the 62nd minute, Caldwell converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute and Quinn capped off the scoring in the 86th minute with an unassisted goal. Caldwell now leads the team with four goals on the year.
Meves, who also had a strong performance against the Red Storm Friday, was up to the task again Sunday with three saves.
The win finished off an extremely challenging stretch of games that saw the Zips face six straight opponents currently ranked in the NSCAA top 25.
Akron will next open up Mid-American Conference play next weekend at Bowling Green. The Zips and Falcons will kick off at 7 p.m., next Saturday.
Zips Notebook: UA has now shut out three of its last four opponents ... With 42 career shutouts, Meves is six shy of matching the all-time school record currently held by Evan Bush, who posted 48 clean sheets from 2005-08 ... The Zips improved to 99-3-4 when scoring first and 81-1-3 when scoring two or more goals under seventh-year head coach Caleb Porter.
2012 University of Akron Tournament Finish
1. Akron (4 points)
2. Butler (2 points)*
3. St. John's (2 points)
4. South Florida (1 point)
*wins tiebreaker with St. John's
University of Akron All-Tournament Team
Eric Stevenson, Akron
Dillon Serna, Akron
Chad Barson, Akron
Aodhan Quinn, Akron
Brandon Fricke, Butler
Zach Steinberger, Butler
Jordan Burt, Butler
Rafael Diaz, St. John's
Jack Bennet, St. John's
Ben Sweat, South Florida
Lucas Baldin, South Florida
Tournament Offensive MVP: Scott Caldwell, Akron
Tournament Defensive MVP: David Meves, Akron