September 2, 2014

Women's Soccer Drops Road Match at Cleveland State, 3-1

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CLEVELAND - After scoring in the 25th minute to tie the game up at one a piece, the University of Akron women's soccer team allowed two second half goals on their way to a 3-1 loss at Cleveland State on Tuesday.

The Zips had strong possessions early as both senior Lani Smith and junior Sydney Blomquist took shots on goal in the first ten minutes.

The Vikings struck soon after, though, as Chloe Fadenholz took a pass at the top of the box and quickly netted Cleveland State's first goal of the match, pushing the ball by senior goalkeeper Alex Luevano-Harden's right side in the 12th minute.

Sophomore Sarah Sivic brought Akron (1-3) right back into the game with the equalizer in the 25th minute, shooting from the right side at the top of the box and darting it to the left corner. Sivic's first goal of the season knotted the teams up at one a piece.

Sivic would take a shot on goal again in the 32nd minute, but her attempt was saved by goalkeeper Sarah Wood. Wood tallied three saves in the match for the Vikings.

Cleveland State (2-3) went on to take nine shots in the first half, while the Zips only managed four.

The Vikings found a rhythm in the second half, as Haleigh Shingary and Amanda Sivic, sister of Akron forward Sarah Sivic, each tacked on goals of their own as the Vikings went on to win 3-1.

Luevano-Harden, playing all 90 minutes in her first start of the season in net for UA, made six saves.

The Zips took six corner kicks in the contest opposed to five for Cleveland State, while the Vikings rattled off 15 total shots compared to just six for Akron.

The Zips return to action later this week as they take on St. Bonaventure at home on Friday, Sept. 5, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.