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AKRON, Ohio – The No. 3 University of Akron men's soccer team grinded out a 1-0 win over Michigan Tuesday evening in front of 3,289 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
A first-half goal by Aodhan Quinn proved to be the difference on a night that saw the Zips (10-1-2) earn their eighth consecutive shutout and push their win streak to seven. It was also the 48th shutout of senior goalkeeper David Meves' career, which ties him with Evan Bush (2005-08) for first place on the school's career list.
UA pressured the Wolverines' goal all night – out-shooting Michigan, 24-8 overall and 10-2 on frame, yet were forced to settle for the single tally.
The Zips had multiple chances to score throughout the contest but U-M netminder Adam Grinwis was on his game from the start, recording eight saves. Furthermore, a Michigan defender cleared a near shot from Reinaldo Brenes off the line early in the first half to prevent the Zips from adding on to their lead.
Michigan remained aggressive in the second half despite seeing their senior Brian Klemczak sent off in the 44th minute for taking Brenes down on a breakaway. Nonetheless, the Zips held U-M to just one shot in the second half and two shots on goal for the match.
Akron scored the only goal it would need in the game's 14th minute.
DeAndre Yedlin initiated the play with a run down the right side of the field. After getting past his mark, the sophomore found a seam and crossed the ball to Quinn on the left flank. Quinn made the most of his opportunity by tucking the ball off the keeper and inside the far post for his third goal of the season. It was Yedlin's team-leading sixth helper this fall.
With the loss, U-M fell to 4-7-1 on the year.
The Zips will continue their brief two-game homestand Saturday night when new Mid-American Conference member West Virginia comes to FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) kick off.
Zips Notebook: Akron, which entered the week ranked No. 3 in the nation in goals-against-average, has not allowed a goal in its last 661:30 of play ... The Zips, who played without starters Chad Barson and Robbie Derschang for the second straight match due to injuries, have also not allowed a goal at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field this season where they are 5-0-1 ... UA improved to 6-0 all-time at home versus Michigan and 105-3-4 when it scores first since 2006.