Playing one of its best halves of the season, top-ranked Akron defeated Stanford, 2-0, before a record home crowd of 2,806 fans and
advanced to the quarterfinals against Tulsa Saturday at Lee Jackson Field. If the Zips win, they will tie Indiana's single-season record with 23 straight wins. Teal Bunbury
became the nation's leading scorer with his 17th goal of the season in the 29th minute to give UA a 1-0 lead. Junior Anthony
made it 2-0 in the 37th minute on a direct free kick from 26 yards out -- his third long-distance strike in two tournament games.
"I thought it was a business-like
game for us and that is something we have focused on," said Akron coach Caleb Porter
. "I think the tendency, at times, is for teams to try to change things
because now you are playing for a national championship. Some put extra pressure on themselves and I think you need to do the exact opposite. You need to continue what you have done all year. For
us, that is playing our style -- dictating the game on both sides of the ball, and jumping on a team early with our pressure, speed of play and movement."
The Zips had a 9-0 edge on shots
in the first half and 16-4 for the game.
"I thought our first half was one of the best halves of the year," Porter said. "In fact, I'm not so sure I have seen a college soccer team do
what we did to a team like we did in the first half in any season I have been a part of."
Akron is vying to become the first team in 35 years to win a national championship with a perfect