Kit Tregear and Chris Walter scored Saturday to lead visiting Hartwick College to a 2-0 men’s soccer upset of ninth-ranked Akron in the Mid-American Conference.
Hartwick’s first victory over the Zips since 1973 also marked the end of Akron’s NCAA-record conference unbeaten streak at 49 games. The Zips (7-3, 2-1) entered the game with a 46-0-3 record in its last 49 matches against conference opponents.
Tregear gave the Hawks (3-5-2, 1-0) a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute, when he headed in a pass from Jack Miller for his first collegiate goal. Miller served the ball from the right sideline into the Akron box, where the 6-foot-4 Tregear connected to loft a header over Akron keeper Fernando Pina for a goal inside the far post.
Akron pressured thereafter and was awarded a penalty kick with 5:50 left. Hartwick goalie Mateo Munarriz stopped the shot by Reinaldo Brenes to keep the Hawks on top. Munarriz finished with 13 saves, the most for him in a Hartwick uniform.
“Mateo was busy and he did his job,” said Hartwick coach John Scott, whose team improved to 2-9-2 all-time against the eight-time defending regular-season MAC champions. “Tonight he showed what he is capable of.”
Walter scored an insurance goal 1:29 later to all but seal the victory. Marc Russell dribbled nearly 40 yards up the Akron sideline before sending the ball to the right side. Walter ran onto the ball for a shot that beat Pina (zero saves) with 4:21 remaining.
“All the boys are heroes tonight,” Scott said. “We became the first team to beat Akron in the MAC and that would not have been accomplished without being in this for each other.”
Hartwick earned its first victory over a nationally ranked opponent since Sept. 26, 2009, when it beat No. 15 Dartmouth, 2-0, at Elmore Field.
The Hawks won Saturday despite getting outshot, 27-6. Akron also held a 16-0 advantage in corner kicks.
“We needed brave performances tonight from our boys, and we got them,” Scott said. “What a night for Hartwick soccer.”
The Hawks continue MAC play at 7 p.m. Friday, when they host West Virginia as part of Hartwick True Blue Weekend.