Schmitt Fuels 6-2 Rout Of Wright State In Men's Soccer Spring Finale
AKRON, Ohio – Fueled by a five-goal outburst by forward Thomas Schmitt, The University of Akron men's soccer team cruised to a 6-2 victory over Wright State Saturday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
It was the final spring exhibition match for the Zips, who finished unbeaten with a 4-0-1 record. In all, Schmitt scored three goals in the first half, then found the net twice more after the break to pace the UA attack.
Ironically, the game got off to an inauspicious start for Akron when the Raiders took advantage of a lucky bounce in front of the net to score the game's first goal in just the second minute of play. A WSU free kick from the right flank led to a scramble in the box where Joakim Carlsson collected the ball and quickly fired a shot across the goal, off the left post and into the net.
The lead didn't hold long, however, as Schmitt pulled UA even just four minutes later when he redirected a blocked shot by Aodhan Quinn into the net from seven yards out and then finished off a long pass from Scott Caldwell in the 17th minute.
Schmitt completed the hat trick just before the half with another opportunistic strike. With three seconds left before the break, the Wright State keeper punched out a close-range shot by Caldwell and Schmitt buried the rebound to give UA a 3-1 lead.
The Raiders showed some fight in the 56th minute on a beautifully-executed set piece goal. Following an Akron foul on the left flank, Derek Zuniga's cross found the diving head of Findlay Milne to cut the Zips' lead to 3-2.
Akron got the goal back in the 67th minute on a penalty kick by Caldwell and Schmitt finished off his huge night with two more goals in a span of two minutes to close out the Raiders.
The Zips, who will return eight of 11 starters next fall, recently announced their 2012 schedule. Season tickets, which include the new reserved bleacher section of FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field, are on sale now! To become an Akron Soccer season ticket holder, visit GoZips.com/tickets of call 1-888-99-AKRON (25766).