August 17, 2014

Top-Ranked Akron Zips Advance to Sunday’s National Championship

Akron Soccer2It is frigid winter in Northeast Ohio. The Browns just beat the Steelers for the first time in six years. The Cavaliers are playing, but the games really don’t matter yet. All of this should mean that there is a National Championship Game coming up soon, right? Absolutely, and men’s soccer Divison 1 has their BCS football buddies beat by about three weeks plus.

The #1 University of Akron Zips survived yet another dramatic finish to advance to the NCAA National Championship with a thrilling victory Friday night against the fourth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. The scoreless tie went through 90 minutes of regulation plus 20 minutes of overtime, and the outcome finally came down to the do-or-die shootout. Akron held on to win by the final nod of 5-4, advancing to their first men’s soccer National Championship since 1986.
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#1 Akron Zips Host #11 Tulsa Hurricanes in NCAA Men’s Soccer Elite Eight

Akron SoccerThe undefeated #1 Zips look to continue their ridiculously impressive season this evening at 4 pm over at Lee Jackson Field in downtown Akron. They will face a familiar opponent in the #11 Tulsa Hurricanes in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament with a berth to next week’s Final Four going to the winner.

Akron advanced in the tournament with a dominant win last Sunday at home against the Stanford Cardinal. The 2-0 victory improved the Kangaroos to 22-0-0 and it was their school-record 16th shutout of the season. The ‘Canes from Oklahoma defeated #21 Northwestern in the previous round to improve to 15-4-2, and they now look to revenge their September home loss. Expect the Ak-Rowdies to “Pack the Jack” in record-breaking fashion yet again this evening cheering on the most successful sports in the UA athletics program.
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