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Akron registers 2-0 victory over Oregon St.

Published: September 9, 2016

AKRON, Ohio - University of Akron redshirt freshman Skye Harter (Copley, Ohio) made the most of his first collegiate start scoring a pair of first-half goals, the first of his career, to spark the fourth-ranked Zips to a 2-0 men's soccer victory past Oregon State (3-1-1) on Friday, Sept. 9, at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.

Akron (3-2-0) registered its third consecutive home shutout on the campaign as the Zips outshot the Beavers on the evening, 18-10, including 8-4 on frame. The triumph also marked the third of the season for Akron against ranked opponents.

Senior Adam Najem (Clifton, N.J.) and freshman Jonathan Lewis (Plantation, Fla.) directed Akron's offensive attack with a team-best three shots apiece.

The Zips also benefitted from two shots each from redshirt juniors Pau Belana (Barcelona, Catalonia) and Manuel Cordeiro (Porto, Portugal), freshman Marcel Zajac (Mississauga, Ontario) and Harter. Don Tschilao led Oregon State with a game-high four shots.

By virtue of his three shots in the affair, Najam surpassed Eric Stevenson for fifth all-time in Akron men's soccer history with 176 career shots.

Sophomore Ben Lundt (Berlin, Germany) pulled in three saves for the Zips to post his third clean sheet of the season, while Nolan Wirth registered six stops for the Beavers. Akron also garnered a key team save late in the contest as junior Niko De Vera (Camas, Wash.) cleared the ball off the line to maintain the shutout.

Harter got the scoring started just 1:40 in the affair netting his first collegiate goal en route to collecting what proved to be the game-winning goal. Senior Brad Ruhaak (Akron, Ohio) headed a ball just beyond midfield to a streaking Lewis, who sliced a pass into Harter from the top corner of the box. A sliding Harter accepted the feed at the corner of the six-yard box and delivered on the scoring opportunity. The assist was the first for Lewis in his collegiate career.

In the 13th minute (12:54), freshman Nick Hinds (Plantation, Fla.) played a ball in from the corner to Lewis, who in turn delivered it into Harter, who headed the ball home from three yards out for his second tally of the evening. The assist was the first in Hinds' Akron career.

The Zips led at the intermission, 2-0, as Akron bested Oregon State in first-half shots, 12-3, including 6-0 on net.

Coming off the bench in the second half to collect shots on goals for Akron were redshirt juniors Sam Gainford (Liverpool, England) and Robby Dambrot (Akron, Ohio).

Akron returns to action on Monday, Sept. 12, as the Zips close out play at the University of Akron Tournament with a 7:30 p.m. tilt versus No. 5 UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos suffered a 4-2 setback against No. 19 Butler on Friday, Sept. 9.

 
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