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College Rewind: Akron extends home winning streak, UCSB loses and more

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Akron's homefield advantage once again proved to be too much for an opposing team, and this time the victim was a familiar foe.

Akron extended its NCAA-record home winning streak to 43 matches with a 3-1 victory over inner-state rival Ohio State on Wednesday night in a match played in front of a record crowd of 5,819.

The Zips, currently ranked No. 6 on Fox Soccer/SBI's Top 25, took a 2-0 lead through 69 minutes on goals from DeAndre Yedlin and Thomas Schmitt. The 21st-ranked visitors cut the deficit five minutes later when Sebastian Rivas scored, but Luke Holmes killed off any hopes of an Ohio State comeback with a goal in the 82nd.

The win improved Akron to 6-0-2 while Ohio State fell to 5-4-1. The Zips remain as one of the current eight unbeaten teams in the country.

In other college games from around the nation:


UC Santa Barbara took to the road for its Big West opener, and the No. 10 team in the country suffered a shocking 3-1 defeat to UC Riverside.

UCSB, which is now 6-2-1 on the season, fell behind 10 minutes in before equalizing on a finish from David Opoku. That was as good as it got for UCSB, as UC Riverside scored two more times in the second half to pull off the stunning upset.


It took 11th-ranked St. John's longer than it would have liked, but it avoided a surprise defeat by beating Princeton 3-2 in overtime.

St. John's got off to a 2-0 lead, but Princeton rallied with two goals in 12 minutes in the second half. That forced overtime, where the teams looked ready to draw until Pablo Battuto Punyed scored his first goal of the season with just 4.2 seconds remaining in the game.

St John's is now 6-2-1 on the year.


James Madison 2, No. 14 West Virginia 0.

Central Florida 2, Kentucky 1 (OT).

No. 18 UC-Irvine 0, Cal Poly 1.

No. 25 Coastal Carolina's game against UNC-Wilmington was canceled due to lightning (the game was 0-0 at the time of cancellation).


Impressed more by Akron's home winning streak or the record crowd that watched it defeat Ohio State? Surprised by UCSB's loss? What do you think of St. John's late win?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Shane

    Zips dominated as usual. Really unbelievable how Porter can assemble such a team after losing so many players to the draft.


  • College Guy

    I love how college soccer crowds are constantly improving, this is a great sign of the growth of the soccer fan base at their target audience. If only the games at my school (VCU) got that kind of support, at least my school is trying to market the team, this is also a good sign. Love seeing growth of soccer in the US.

    Also that win streak is very impressive and I look forward to the year that Caleb Porter coaches at a higher level.


  • It's all good

    The college game is really improving, soccer is growing in popularity and acceptance so I think the crowds will continue to get larger at college games. This country is too large for everyone to have a nearby pro team that they can watch live so I think that is one reason why, among several, the college game is important. Kids need a team they can relate, a place where they can go, watch soccer and dream about playing there some day.


  • Firing Squad

    Sure UCSB losing at Riverside was an upset, but don’t discount them. Despite a somewhat underwhelming schedule they’re 6-2-1 as well and looked good. 2,016 in attendance too, triple their previous record!


  • Cromulent

    Luke Holmes can play, and after watching him over the summer it was clear he’d be a good fit at Akron.


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