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Men’s Soccer Wins MAC Championship

Akron: 3 - Western Michigan: 0

Men’s Soccer celebrates with an Akron Zips flag and the MAC Championship trophy. (Image via Akron Zips)

Men’s Soccer celebrates with an Akron Zips flag and the MAC Championship trophy. (Image via Akron Zips)

By Jordyn Etling, Sports Editor

The Akron Zips Men’s Soccer Team captured its 15th Mid-American Conference Tournament title and seventh consecutive league tournament title win on Sunday, Nov. 11 against Western Michigan.

According to, Akron has now won four consecutive games and outshot SIU Edwardsville, West Virginia and Western Michigan by a combined 52-20 margin, including 22-7 on goal, in three MAC Tournament contests.

The win helped come about by junior Marcel Zajac (Mississauga, Ontario) who had two of the three second-half goals.

Along with the two second-half goals, Zajac was selected as the Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Western Michigan was outshot 17-10, including 11-2 on goal. The Zips received a game-high of three shots apiece from sophomore David Egbo (Enugu, Nigeria), redshirt junior, Skye Harter (Copley, Ohio), Abdi Mohamed (Westerville, Ohio) and Zajac.

While the first half ended scorelessly, the Zips continued their aggressive offense in the second half when Egbo found the net in the 65th minute off a corner kick from freshman Colin Biros (Canton, Ohio) and senior Marco Micaletto (Rome, Italy).

Akron found the net again when Zajac scored in the 84th minute and his fourth goal of the season with his assists coming from Micaletto and Mohamed.

Zajac’s second goal came in the 88th minute when he found an empty net after being assisted by Ezana Kahsay (Asmeras, Eritea).

Akron will face off against in an NCAA Tournament Opening Round game on Thursday, Nov. 15 at FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field. The winner of Thursday’s tournament game will go on to face No. 9 Syracuse.

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