The University of Akron men’s soccer team got its first road win of the season when it went to Oklahoma to battle Tulsa this past Friday and won 2-1.
The victory also marks the 100th career win for Zips coach Jared Embick, who became the Zips’ head coach prior to the 2013 season.
It was a defensive battle in the first half with no score through the first 45 minutes. It wasn’t until the 64-minute mark that redshirt sophomore Shane Wiedt netted the first goal of his collegiate career, giving the Zips a 1-0 lead.
The match remained 1-0 until the 84th minute, when Ray Saari put away a penalty kick for Tulsa, knotting the game at one apiece.
Although it seemed like the match would end 1-1, the Zips got some late game magic from redshirt sophomore Ezana Kahsay. Kahsay scored a goal in the 88th minute to give Akron a 2-1 advantage over Tulsa , with the assist coming from senior captain Brad Ruhaak. This is now the third time this season the Zips have scored within the last five minutes of regulation to bring home a win.
By the time you are reading this, the Zips will have already played their match Monday, Sept. 19 at SMU. Following that game, Akron will be back in action Sept. 27 at home vs. VCU starting at 7:30 pm.