Junior co-captains Chad Barson and Scott Caldwell were each recognized nationally for their efforts Monday in leading The University of Akron men's soccer team to a 4-0 victory at Saint Louis last weekend.
Barson was named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week while Caldwell earned like accolades from College Soccer News.
Barson, a defender from Lewis Center, Ohio, logged all 90 minutes at center back for the Zips (3-0-1), who posted their third shutout in four games Saturday. UA dominated SLU in nearly every category, limiting the Billikens to just four shots for the game (to the Zips' 21), including two shots on goal. For the season, Akron has allowed just one goal in nearly 400 minutes of play.
Caldwell, a midfielder from Braintree, Mass., played a key role in all four UA goals with a goal and three assists. Moreover, his strike in the 85th minute gave the Zips a commanding 3-0 lead and was of the spectacular variety, sailing over a wall of defenders from distance and tucking just under the upper-right crossbar.
After playing the last three games on the road, Akron will return to FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field this weekend to host The University of Akron Tournament starting Friday at 7 p.m. versus New Mexico and continuing Sunday at 6 p.m. against Cal Poly.