Men' Soccer Battles No. 2 Akron, Falls 1-0
AKRON, Ohio- The Western Michigan men's soccer season came to a close with a hard-fought, 1-0, loss at No. 2 Akron Saturday night. WMU needed a tie or a win to advance to the four-team Mid-American Conference Tournament.
The Broncos battled Akron throughout the game and the high-powered Zips wouldn't notch the game-winner until the 86th minute when Scott Caldwell put back a rebound from 10 yards out off a shot by Alfred Koroma.
"Tonight we played an absolutely fantastic team in their terrific stadium and I couldn't be more proud of our players," WMU head coach Stu Riddle commented. "They stuck to the game plan and implanted it to perfection and it was heartbreaking to see it come undone four minutes from the end.
"Our team will remember this night and learn from it and become better players and people from this experience."
Senior Yllson Asani and freshman Erik Kelly had WMU's only two shots of the game, as a stingy Akron defense kept the ball out of the Broncos' attacking third. The Zips put up 23 shots, forcing WMU junior goalkeeper Sean Lewis to make eight saves.
Western Michigan finishes the season with its best overall record since 2003, with an 11-6-2 overall and 3-3-1 MAC record.