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MORNING BRIEFING: Akron rolls on
by Paul Kennedy, October 23rd, 2008 1:15PM



No. 3 Akron won its ninth straight game when the Zips edged No. 14 Michigan, 1-0. No. 18 Indiana continued its rebound with a win by the same score over No. 13 Louisville. For all the Wednesday action ...

3. Akron (12-1-2) 1 Michigan 0
4. Northwestern (10-0-2) Northern Illinois
8. UC Davis (12-2-2) 3 Cal State Northridge 2
13. Louisville (9-4-2) 0 at Indiana 1
14. Michigan (9-4-2) 0 at Akron 1
17. Connecticut (7-3-5) 0 Yale 0 (OT)
18. Indiana (8-4-2) 1 Louisville 0
23. Notre Dame (9-4-2) 1 at  Seton Hall 1 (OT)
25. UC Irvine (8-1-5) 1 at Cal Poly 1 (OT)

A dominating performance by senior goal keeper Evan Bush and a first-half goal by Anthony Ampaipitakwong gave the Zips their ninth in in a row in front of 1,123 fans at Lee Jackson Field.

With Akron holding on to a 1-0 lead, Michigan's Perica Marosevic was fouled in the box in the 54th minute. Michael Holody took the subsequent penalty shot but was denied when Bush dove to his right and swallowed up the attempt.

The shutout was was Akron's 11th shutout in 15 games. It entered the game ranked second in the country with a goals-against-average of 0.27.

REACTION: "Michigan is a very good attacking team and we were under pressure for portions of the game, but our defense pulled us through," said Akron coach Caleb Porter. "I thought our backline and Evan Bush were tremendous tonight. In the end, we did what we needed to do to win."

Heavy minds blowing off Lake Michigan made playing conditions difficult, limiting the teams to only one shot in the first half, but the Wildcats scored on senior Brian Usinger's header off a free kick was the difference.  The shutout was the 10th in 13 games for Northwestern, surpassing the previous single-season school record of nine set in 2007.

Senior Quincy Amarikwa's second goal of the game in the 86th minute capped a two-goal rally for Big West leader UC Davis. The Aggies tallied two goals in a little over five minutes to erase a 2-1 deficit.

Amarikwa tallied his fourth two-goal game of the season to capture his 14th and 15th goals, tying him with Akron's Steve Zakuani for the national lead. Senior Dylan Curtis scored the other Aggie goal.

Northridge played the last 73 minutes with 10 men after Jeremy Hohn was red carded. The Matadors got goals by Camilo Rojas and Sunghyun Kim.

Sophomore Andy Adlard's penalty kick off proved to be all the offense Indiana needed. A sluggish first 45 minutes was followed by a dominating performance in the second frame topped by Adlard's goal in the 82nd minute.

REACTION: "They go hard at the ball and that was the biggest adjustment we had to make," said IU coach Mike Freitag. "Against [Louisville] we had to be good on the ball, move the ball quickly and be patient."

The 32nd edition of the Nutmeg State derby drew 3,003 fans in Storrs, where UConn outshot the Bulldogs, 24-6. Yale goalie Travis Chulick made seven saves.

Notre Dame had a season-high total of 27 shots and 13 corner kicks but needed a goal by defender Alex Yoshinaga in the 82nd minute to earn the tie. Seton Hall grabbed the lead in the 13th minute on a goal by Dritan Sela.

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