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Midweek College Soccer Wrap: Akron wins 16th straight, UNC crushes Stetson 7-0


Easy schedule or not, there's no stopping the Akron Zips. While their conference schedule in Mid-American play is regarded as fairly light, Wednesday's match against Penn State was a chance at answering those critics, as the Nittany Lions came in ranked 16th in this week's RPI. They too proved to be no match for the vaunted Zips.

Sophomore forward Teal Bunbury continued to light up the scoresheet, grabbing a brace in Akron's 3-0 win. His two goals give him 14 on the year, just one behind UMBC's Andrew Bulls for the nation's lead. Goalkeeper David Meves also had to come up huge to keep the cleansheet.

Another top 5 team in action was North Carolina, hosting their final regular season home game. It was a much less heralded opponent visiting, as Stetson University (RPI 156) is hardly the quality they are used to. That much was clear as the Tar Heels put seven past the Hatters behind an Alex Dixon hat trick to win 7-0.

Elsewhere around the country, No. 5 Louisville defeated Cincinnati 3-0, No. 4 UCSB handled Cal State Northridge 2-0, while American continues to knock on the door of the top 25 with a 3-1 win against local opponents Georgetown.

What do you think of this week's results? Surprised to see UNC score many goals? Will Teal Bunbury make the jump overseas or to MLS?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Check YouTube would be your best bet. I know the UCSB has their own channel up this year that has a bunch of highlights of the goals. I believe the channel is UCSBGauchoAthletics or something along those lines. Possible GOTY by Luis Silva last night against CSUN. A 35 yard blast upper v that had 5 players all involved in the build up. That should be up soon.

  2. Saw Akron last week against Buffalo. I didn’t see a lot of outstanding personal skill from their players, but they were incredibly well organized, dominating play all over the pitch and attacking through the midfield. Their travelling support were excellent, as well, and made the Buffalo home support look dreadful and embarrassing. (Best Moment: chanting “U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A” when the Akron team were introduced and singing “O Canada” when the Buffalo team came out.)

  3. Before anyone gets too excited, just look at Wake this past year. We were stacked, returning nearly everyone from the Championship team the year before, and we also had an historic regular season. Going all the way in the tournament is just so, so hard to do though.

    Fortunately, we’ve reloaded this year, and we’ll be back. Akron actually played a match against Wake as a preseason exhibition way back in the spring, and they mopped the floor with us. That was a completely different team though. A lot of the young kids have found their position on the field now.

  4. luckily we have the NCAA tourney to decide the best team in the country and not some stupid BCS type thing, we shall see if Akron is indeed the best, my money is on no, but they will get their chance, with teams like Wake Forest, Duke, UNC, MD, Cal and UCLA playing tough matches on a weekly basis it is hard to see akron will be able to have the same level of readiness


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