Bunbury powers Zips past Bulls

” The University of Akron’s men’s soccer team stayed perfect this weekend as they beat MAC opponent Buffalo 1-0 in their last road game of the regular season. Forward Teal Bunbury had the lone goal in the game, giving him a team leading 12 on the season.”

The University of Akron’s men’s soccer team stayed perfect this weekend as they beat MAC opponent Buffalo 1-0 in their last road game of the regular season.

Forward Teal Bunbury had the lone goal in the game, giving him a team leading 12 on the season.

A cold and wet University of Buffalo Stadium did not help either team in their play, but it did not deter the Zips from winning.

First half play was in the Zips court as they led in shots by a total of 8-1.

It didn’t take long for Akron to score as Teal Bunbury found the net in the 13th minute.

Bunbury received the ball in front of Buffalo goalkeeper Nick Fetterman. Fetterman was beat by Bunbury who made a move in front of the net to put the ball past a Buffalo defender for the goal.

The goal puts Bunbury at seventh in the nation in scoring at 12 goals total, and a .80 goals per game average.

Bunbury has scored seven goals in his last seven games with no signs of slowing down.

Although there was no scoring in the second half, Akron still posted nine shots and forced two corner kicks.

Bunbury finished the game with four shots, three goals.

We’ve been on the road the last six of seven games and I thought we looked a little flat at times tonight, head coach Caleb Porter said. But we still generated quality chances and possessed the ball for the entire game. Sometimes the goals don’t come easily and the finishing touch is off, but once again our defending clamped down and we were able to get the result.

The numbers that Bunbury are putting up may possibly have him on watch for the Hermann trophy.

Bunbury was featured on TopDrawerSoccer.com radio this week.

On the show Bunbury was asked about his play and the success of the team so far this year.

Personally, I’m a striker on the team and my job is to score, Bunbury said. Each day in practice I’m trying to work on my finishing and in the game, that’s my duty, to go out there and score to help my team win.

There are so many players that contributed to this team this year just getting goals, assists just working hard, Bunbury said. We just have the mentality that we’re always going to score.

Akron will finish the regular season with a three game home stand.

The first team on the home stand will be the Nittany Lions of Penn State.

Penn State is currently ranked No. 22 in the nation by College Soccer News posting a (9-4-2) record overall and a (2-1-1) record in a tough Big-Ten conference.

The Nittany Lions are led by senior forward Jason Yeisley.

Yeisley has posted eights goals and 14 assists in 15 games.

Yeisley has also posted a .531 shot on goal percentage this year.

So far this season Penn State has defeated the likes of Michigan by 2-0 and have tied a very good Northwestern team 1-1.

The Zips have yet to fall to a Big Ten opponent this season and look to finish strong against Penn State as well as Michigan State, who the Zips will play host to next week.

We will take a few days to refuel the tank for our final stretch of the regular season, Porter said.

Game time for the Penn State match is this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Lee Jackson Field.