Akron, Ohio – The University of Akron women's soccer team shutout Cleveland State, 4-0, on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field in its first exhibition game of the 2011 season. The game was played as three 30-minute periods.
Junior Ashley Hughes led the way with a pair of third period goals, while junior Katie Wise and Freshman Karina Atkinson also scored for the Zips. Senior Jeny Wolbert and Redshirt Freshman Alex Luevano-Harden combined to record the clean sheet.
Wise started the scoring in the 17th minute when senior Rachel Phillip found her one-on-one with the CSU keeper Sarah Wood with a low cross from the left side. Wise dribbled around Wood and slid home the game's opening score.
After a scoreless second stanza, Hughes scored the first of her two tallies nine minutes into period three. Sophomore Amber Kern sent a through ball to the end of a perfectly timed Hughes' run down the left center of the penalty area. Hughes then provided the finish with a slotted shot from 10 yards out to the left of netminder Abby Crotteau.
Hughes was at it again in the 82nd minute of play, this time teaming up with senior Jordan Clark to produce the third Akron score. Clark found Hughes in space 14 yards out from the middle of the net with a short pass and Hughes sent a shot to the right of Crotteau and into the back of the net.
The Zips found the exclamation point with less than three minutes to play when Atkinson showed tenacity in the box to put Akron ahead 4-0. Atkinson took a cross from fellow freshman Carli Pimm, and despite falling down, was able to regain her footing and strike a shot off the tips of Crotteau's mitts and into the side netting for her first goal of the preseason.
Akron will continue training camp this week before traveling to Duquesne for the final preseason match on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.