Western Michigan (6-3-1, 4-3-1 MAC) men’s soccer’s hopes for a Mid-American Conference title are still alive after its matchup against Akron finished in a 0-0 draw.
Both teams had their chances to score, but the goaltending of Isaac Walker for the Broncos and Will Meyer for the Zips was too much as they both pitched shutouts in 110 minutes of playing time.
In the first half, Akron had six shots compared to only four for the Broncos. Both teams had half their shot attempts land on net, with the Zips holding a 3-2 advantage at the break.
The second half was no different as both defenses played lights out, allowing a combined two shots on goal in the second half. Western Michigan was able to put six shots up in the second half but only one made it on goal.
With the score tied at zero after 90 minutes, the game went to two 10-minute periods of extra time, which saw great defense and zero shots on goal from either team. After the 20 minutes expired, the game was called a draw.
Dylan Sing had two of the three Bronco shots on goal, with the other coming from Daniel Nimick. Collin Biros led Akron in shots on goal with two.
Western Michigan looks to stay in MAC title contention as they meet Akron again in its final regular season game Sunday at 12 p.m. in Kalamazoo at the WMU Soccer Complex. A win and a Bowling Green loss or tie would secure at least a share of the MAC title, while adding West Virginia loss or tie would secure an outright championship for the Broncos.