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Akron men earn 1-0 win over No. 4 Georgetown

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Via Georgetown University) – A 63rd-minute (62:54) goal from junior Adam Najem (Clifton, N.J.) propelled the University of Akron men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over No. 4 Georgetown (0-2-1) on Friday, Sept. 4.

“A good win over a very talented Georgetown team,” Akron head coach Jared Embick commented. “I thought we played very well and created some very good chances. At the end we had to manage the game a bit, but we did what we came to do. Now we have to recover and prepare for a tough game Monday night.”

Najem scored what proved to be the game-winning tally delivering a half touch over Georgetown goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski that found the back of the net off an assist from sophomore Nate Shultz (Mayfield, Ohio). The goal was the first of the season for Najem and 19th for this Akron career.

Najem’s tally coupled with a strong defensive effort down the stretch allowed the Zips (2-1-0) to collect their first regular season road win over a top five opponent since besting No. 3 Wake Forest, 2-0, on Sept. 5, 2010.

Akron and Georgetown each recorded 13 shots in the contest, with the Zips owning a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal.

Sophomore Richie Laryea (Toronto, Ontario(Can.)) registered a game-high four shots for Akron, including three on goal. The Zips also benefitted from three shots apiece from Najem and redshirt sophomore Sam Gainford (Liverpool, England). Five different Hoyas notched two shots each.

Senior Jake Fenlason (San Diego, Calif.) recorded five saves in the affair for the Zips en route to notching the shutout. Marcinkowski pulled in seven stops for Georgetown.

Laryes collected the initial shot in the game delivering a strike on net at the 6:45 mark of the first half.

The Hoyas were whistled for a foul in the box in the 13th minute (12:02) setting up a penalty kick for the Zips. Marcinkowksi thwarted Najem’s strike pulling in the shot for a save.

Laryea registered shots on goal at the 15:15 and 30:21 marks that were pulled in by Marcinkowski for saves.

Gainford directed a shot on frame in the 39th minute (38:52) that was corralled by Marcinkowski for a save.

Akron registered a 9-5 advantage in shot in the initial stanza, including outshooting the Hoyas on net, 5-2.

Senior Sean Sepe (West Islip, N.Y.) collected the Zips’ first shot of the second half firing a strike on net at the 47:21 mark.

The Zips return to action on Monday, Sept. 7, with a 7 p.m. showdown at No. 6 Maryland.

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