Zips fall in Michigan

“The University of Akron women’s soccer team traveled to Michigan for a two-game road trip but couldn’t come home with a victory as they tied Eastern Michigan 0-0 Friday night and lost to Central Michigan 3-1 Sunday afternoon. Both games were very good , head coach Catherine Byrne said.”

The University of Akron women’s soccer team traveled to Michigan for a two-game road trip but couldn’t come home with a victory as they tied Eastern Michigan 0-0 Friday night and lost to Central Michigan 3-1 Sunday afternoon.

Both games were very good , head coach Catherine Byrne said. It’s a hard road trip to make.

The Zips ended Friday’s game with a double-overtime scoreless tie with Eastern Michigan at Scicluna Field and moved to 6-3-4 overall and 1-2-2 in the MAC.

Both teams had opportunities to score but couldn’t put the ball away, Byrne said. As a coach, I’m happy with the performance.

With the sixth shutout of the season and 17th of her career, Zips goalkeeper Kyrstin Wilson extended the shutout record that she set last season. Wilson was credited with eight saves

She works very hard and is carrying a lot of injuries, Byrne said. She’s the only one we’ve got since our other keeper broke her finger.

She just keeps bouncing back, Byrne said.

In Sunday’s game against Central Michigan, the Zips were held scoreless in the first half and managed only one second-half goal as they took the loss and dropped to 6-4-4 overall and 1-3-2 in MAC play.

Central Michigan jumped out to an early lead as Amanda Waugh scored in the seventh minute during a scramble in front of UA’s net with Erica Rohren scoring the eventual game winner in the 37th minute.

Christina Vacha scored the only goal for the Zips on an unassisted play in the 64th minute. Vacha blocked a kick from Central Michigan goalkeeper Kristen Hubright and scored on the play. It was Vacha’s first goal on the season.

That goal was indicative of our team intensity and work on the day, Byrne said.

The Zips took 21 shots with 15 on goal.

I felt that we had an opportunity to get back at them, Byrne said. We’re playing well, we’re just not finishing. We have to find the back of the net and finish what we’re creating.

Akron returns home to Lee Jackson Field Friday to face MAC opponents Western Michigan.