So much for a dramatic No. 1 vs. No. 2 thriller.
Hosting a high-scoring Tulsa team, No. 1-ranked Akron, featuring seven players with ties to the IMG Academy soccer program, cruised to a 4-0 victory in a game featured Friday night on Fox Soccer Channel.
Alums Anthony Ampaipitakwong (1 goal, 1 assist), Perry Kitchen (1 goal) and Kofi Sarkodie (1 goal) all played key roles in helping Akron tie an NCAA record with 11 straight shutouts. Scott Caldwell and Martin Ontiveros also saw action against Tulsa, while Enrique Paez and Reinaldo Brenes round out the "IMG 7" at Akron.
Akron (6-0) has now defeated the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 teams in the nation this season.