Akron University came within a penalty kick of an NCAA Title last year, and this year the Zips have already shown they have every intent of taking care of unfinished business.
The No. 1 ranked team in the country got its season started in impressive fashion, scoring a 3-0 win against No. 4 ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Friday night. Goals from Eric Stevenson, Perry Kitchen and Darlington Nagbe provided the difference for Akron, while goalkeeper David Meves made six saves to preserve the shutout.
Friday night wasn't a great one for the ACC, widely-regarded as the top conference in the nation. ACC's nationally-ranked squads went 1-2-2 on Friday night, with only defending national champion Virginia scoring a victory.
Here is a rundown of how some of the top teams in the nation fared on Friday night:
FRIDAY NIGHT COLLEGE SCOREBOARD
No. 2 Virginia 2, UAB 1. Will Bates scored the game-winner in the 74th minute to help complete a second-half comeback.
No. 3 Wake Forest 2, Seton Hall 2. An 87th-minute goal from freshman Luca Gimenez helped the Demon Deacons avoid the upset.
No. 5 UCLA 1, Notre Dame 0. Sophomore Ryan Hollingshead notched the winner for the Bruins.
No. 24 Michigan State 4, No. 6 Maryland 3 (OT). Terps fall at home in overtime after a flurry of goals in regulation.
No. 11 Duke 0, No. 20 Louisville 0. Sophomore goalkeeper James Belshaw made 15 saves, including a penalty save in overtime, to help Duke survive an early red card.
No. 15 Monmouth 1, West Virginia 0 (OT). Freshman Jacob Rubinstein scored the overtime game-winner off an assist from Ryan Kinne.
California 2, No. 20 Indiana 1 (OT). Senior Davis Paul scored in the 107th minute to help the Golden Bears score the road upset in overtime.
No. 18 Ohio State 1, College of Charleston 0. Sophomore Chris Hegngi scored the loan goal for the Buckeyes.
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