Men’s soccer dominates Bowling Green

Mens soccer honored seniors Sean Sepe (3), Jake Fenlason (24), and Andrew Souders (2) pictured with Coach Jared Embick

Men’s soccer honored seniors Sean Sepe (3), Jake Fenlason (24), and Andrew Souders (2) pictured with Coach Jared Embick

Stuart Holthusen scored a pair of goals to help the University of Akron men’s soccer team celebrate Senior Night by blasting Bowling Green, 4-0 at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.

The win allowed the seventh-ranked Akron men’s soccer team to claim its 18th Mid-American Conference title and the number one seed in the upcoming MAC Men’s Soccer Championship to be held right here in Akron.

This is the 11th consecutive MAC regular-season title for the Zips (13-3-2, 4-0-1 MAC), a streak that started with the 2005 season.

Prior to the game, Akron honored their three seniors Jake Fenlason, Sean Sepe and Andrew Souders in Senior Night festivities.

Once the action started, the Zips recorded a 17-8 edge over Bowling Green (9-9-1, 1-4 MAC) in shots in the match, including a 7-4 advantage on goal.

Playing in his final regular season home game as a Zip, goalkeeper Fenlason gathered four saves on the night.

Holthusen scored his first goal at the 11:53 mark by playing a deflection of Sam Gainford’s blocked shot in the box and hammering a shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and landed just past the line for his second goal of the season.

At 12:41, it was Gainford’s turn after Holthusen and Richie Laryea played perfect passes that allowed him to score his eighth goal on the campaign and extend the Zips’ lead to 2-0.

Adam Najem played a ball to Nate Shultz in the corner. Shultz served the ball to the center where Holthusen headed the ball past Falcon’s goalie Nick Landsberger. The score came at the 20:31 mark of the first have and gave Akron a commanding 3-nil lead.

Tyler Sanda, who entered the game in the second half, aided Akron’s assault by scoring his second goal of the year in the 74th minute. Najem and Souders were credited with assists on the last goal of the night.

Akron will host fourth-seeded West Virginia in a 7 p.m. semifinal game on Friday, Nov. 13. Western Michigan will battle Buffalo in the other semifinal tilt at 4 p.m. The championship contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.