Second half goals spoil Spartans' Homecoming, UNCG falls to Akron, 2-0
GREENSBORO, NC – Ben Zumanski and Matt Tutich both tallied second half goals to spoil UNC Greensboro’s Homecoming and lift Akron to a 2-0 win in men’s soccer action Saturday night at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
A season-high crowd of 2,228 saw an evenly-played match for most of the night. However, the Zips took advantage of two second half chances, while UNCG was limited to chances mostly outside the 18-yard box. Of the near misses that UNCG did have, they came on shots from the 20-25 yard range. UNCG (4-3-2) held a 10-8 advantage in shots, but Akron had a 3-1 margin in corner kicks. All three of the Zips’ corner kicks came in the second half, one of which resulted in a goal.
After a scoreless first half, Akron got on the board at 55:18. Anthony Ampaipitakwong played a cross from the right side of the field. The ball rolled through a crowd in front of the net. However, Zemanski was finally able to get a foot on it halfway across the goal mouth to flick it into the net for his second goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
The Zips (6-2-1) took a two-goal lead at 78:26. Steve Zakuani put the ball in play with a corner kick. Tutich was at the near post and was able to get a head on it and put it into the net for his third goal of the season.
The loss by UNCG was just its third-ever in 23 Homecoming matches. The Spartans’ last Homecoming loss came back in 1999 when they were shutout by Wake Forest, 1-0. All-time, UNCG is 18-3-2 on Homecoming.
The Spartans were shutout for the second straight match, the first time UNCG has suffered consecutive shutout losses in a season since November 1995. UNCG was shutout in consecutive matches last season, resulting in a loss and a tie.
UNCG will look to bounce back when they host Southern Conference pre-season favorite and No. 25-ranked Furman – a team that features one of the Top 5 offenses and defenses in the nation right now – on Wednesday night at 7 pm.
Akron... 0 2 - 2
UNCG.. 0 0 - 0
SCORING SUMMARY: UA – Zemanski (Ampaipitakwong) 55:18; UA – Tutich (Zakuani) 78:26. Shots: Akron 8, UNCG 10. Saves: UNCG 4 (Janda 4), Akron 4 (Bush 4). Corner Kicks: UNCG 1, Akron 3. Fouls: UNCG 8, Akron 18.
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