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Cougars Face Zips in MAC Tournament Opener

Cougars Face Zips in MAC Tournament Opener
 
No. 5 SIUE (9-4-4, 1-3-1 MAC)
vs. No. 4 Akron (7-6-2, 1-2-1 MAC)
Tue., Nov. 6, 3 p.m. CT
 
Firstenergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field
Akron, Ohio
Video: TBA
 
TODAY: SIUE begins its quest for a Mid-American Conference title. With a win this afternoon, the Cougars will earn a seventh consecutive trip to a Conference Tournament semifinal. Last season, Akron defeated SIUE in double overtime in the MAC semifinal.
 
HOME COOKING: At 6-2-1, SIUE has its second-most wins at home in the Division I era. The Cougars won seven home games in 2010 and again in 2012.
 
DOUBLE DIGITS: SIUE is seeking its 10th win of the season. The Cougars have achieved at least 10 wins four times in the Division I era. The last time SIUE won at least 10 games was 2001 when it was 10-5-7 and appeared in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Division I era record for wins is 13 in 2012. 
 
PREVIOUS MATCHUP: Akron emerged from a hard-fought MAC battle with a win a week and a half ago in Edwardsville. The Zips edged SIUE 1-0 on Senior Night at Korte Stadium. A 64th minute strike from Akron sophomore David Egbo was the difference.
 
SCORING LEADERS: Lachlan McLean leads the Cougars, the MAC and is 44th nationally in scoring with 23 points, coming on nine goals and five assists. His nine goals also are tied for the most in the MAC and are the most at SIUE since Christian Volesky scored nine during the 2012 season. McLean was chosen as MAC Player of the Week Oct. 9, when he also was chosen to College Soccer News' Team of the Week. Jorge Gonzalez is second on the team in scoring at 17 points coming on eight goals and an assist. He is third in the MAC in goals scored and fourth in scoring. 
 
SERIES STUFF: The Cougars and Zips have met 17 previous times in men's soccer. SIUE owns a 12-4-1 record in the all-time series and are 5-4-1 in road games. Akron has won the last four in the series, including a 1-0 win Oct. 27 at SIUE.