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#4 Zips come from behind Buckeyes to close regular season

Unread postby Spin » Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:29 pm

Steve Zakuani scored a pair of goals and assisted two others while Blair Gavin put the finishing touches on an improbable comeback as the No. 4 University of Akron men’s soccer team rallied to a 4-3 victory over Ohio State Friday night.

Akron (15-1-3) started the second half with a 1-0 lead, but it wouldn’t hold up in a frantic second half that featured six goals and 17 combined shots.

UA, which hadn't allowed more than one goal in a single game all season, saw OSU score two times in little more than one minute to regain the lead early in the second half and find the net three times for the contest. The Zips' defense, which is ranked second in the nation, had allowed just six scores through the first 18 games of the year.

"This was one of the craziest soccer games I have been a part of," said UA head coach Caleb Porter. "Our performance defensively was not good enough and we are going to have to make some adjustments. However, this team has a special quality that sets them apart. They find ways to win and tonight our attacking group was electric."

"I also can't say enough about our fans, the AK-Rowdies, who made the trip to Columbus," Porter continued. "They were a big part of this victory."

The 2007 national runners-up Buckeyes (9-7-2) wasted little time after the break, blitzing back with two goals in the first five minutes of play. A goal by Ben Zemanski tied the game in the 55th minute, but the Zips had to rally once more as OSU regained the lead less than a minute later.

Zakuani, the nation’s goals leader and Hermann Trophy candidate, scored his second goal of the game to pull the Zips even before assisting Gavins’s gamewinner in the 82nd minute. Zakuani crossed the ball from the left side of the box and Gavin lifted the ball just under the crossbar from 10 yards out for his first goal of the season.

The Zips were on the attack for much of the first half and capitalized early when Steve Zakuani netted his nation-leading 18th goal off a feed from Darlington Nagbe in the 13th minute. The difficult shot by the Hermann Trophy candidate came from the top of the box and traveled about 25 yards before settling into the top of the goal.

The Buckeyes actually managed to out-shoot UA in the opening period, 8-4, with most of their opportunities coming off counters. Evan Bush recorded three saves as the Zips took a 1-0 lead into the break.

A goal by OSU's Konrad Warzycha in the 48th minute knotted the game at 1-all and a score by teammate Dave Tiemstra in the 49th minute gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the game. Both tallies were assisted by Joshua Breto, with Warzycha also getting credit for an assist on Tiemstra's score.

Zemanski his second goal of the season from the top of the box off a feed from Zakuani to tie the game for the second time, but OSU answered right back with a goal off the foot of Doug Verhoff and assisted by Sam Scales less than one minute later.

Zakuani struck again in the 68th minute with his 19th goal of the year to tie the game for a third and final time off a pair of passes from Gavin and Bunbury.

Zips Notebook: UA, which improved to 22-6-2 all-time versus Ohio State, defeated the Buckeyes for the first time in Columbus since 1984 – snapping a string of three-straight defeats ... The Zips finished the regular season with a 2-0-2 record versus schools from the Big Ten Conference ... More than 150 UA students made the trip to Columbus and were a factor throughout the game.

Courtesy: Akron Media Relations

Next up is the MAC tournament, hosted by the Zips. Then the big show, the NCAA tournament.
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Re: #4 Zips come from behind Buckeyes to close regular season

Unread postby Spin » Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:30 am

Fifth seed for their 23rd trip to the NCAA's. Sites to be determined, they should get a homer in the second round (they gget a first round bye).

Full details will be on http://www.ncaa.com/
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Re: #4 Zips come from behind Buckeyes to close regular season

Unread postby Spin » Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:58 pm

After a first round bye, we get the Buckeyes at home Tuesday night.
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Re: #4 Zips come from behind Buckeyes to close regular season

Unread postby Spin » Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:06 am

Akron joins the Sweet 16 beating Ohio State 1-0. In typical Zips fashion, in two overtimes.

Next up, round 3 Sunday at 1:00 at Northwestern. Winner heads for Texas for the Elite 8.
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Re: #4 Zips come from behind Buckeyes to close regular season

Unread postby Steve Buffum » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:05 pm

Spin wrote:Akron joins the Sweet 16 beating Ohio State 1-0. In typical Zips fashion, in two overtimes.

Next up, round 3 Sunday at 1:00 at Northwestern. Winner heads for Texas for the Elite 8.


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Re: #4 Zips come from behind Buckeyes to close regular season

Unread postby Larvell Blanks » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:28 pm

Among the obstacles the Zips faced was the NCAA's decision to move Sunday's game from Akron to Evanston because of expected poor field conditions in Ohio.

Would the outcome have been different had the Zips played at home?

"I'm not going to speculate on that," Porter said. "The decision was made. ... The bottom line is Northwestern won the game and we didn't."

http://www.cleveland.com/sports/college/index.ssf/2008/11/akrons_ncaa_dream_spoiled_by_n.html

poor field conditions in Akron as opposed to Evanston, Ill ? Has anyone in the NCAA been to Illinois in November?!?
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Re: #4 Zips come from behind Buckeyes to close regular season

Unread postby Spin » Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:37 pm

You can't blame the NCAA for moving the game, or for the MAC for screwing the basketball team out of a win in the MAC finals a couple years ago.

At least we shouldn't.

:roll :roll: :-( :sad: :( :cry :cry:
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Re: #4 Zips come from behind Buckeyes to close regular season

Unread postby Spin » Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:01 pm

Zakuani Named Soccer America Player of the Year
Courtesy: Akron Media Relations
Release: 12/17/2008


Courtesy: Jeff Harwell-Zips Sports Photography

AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron sophomore Steve Zakuani has been named Soccer America's Player of the Year for 2008, the esteemed publication announced Wednesday.

Zakuani, who led the nation in goals (20) and points (47) this fall, is the first Akron player to be named Player of the Year by Soccer America and just the second sophomore ever to win the prestigious award following Virginia's Claudio Reyna, who won the first of back-to-back honors in 1992.

After being named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in November, Zakuani has been named Top Drawer Soccer's Player of the Season, earned First Team All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas and College Soccer News, and was named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team

To top it all off, Zakuani was recently named one of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy, which is considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer.

Interesting to note, all three of the past Soccer America Player of the Year winners (O'Brian White, Connecticut in 2007; Joseph Lapira, Notre Dame in 2006; Jason Garey, Maryland in 2005) have gone on to win the Hermann Trophy.

The winner of the prestigious award will be announced on Jan. 9, 2009.

Zakuani thrived under the pressure of being one of the nation's top performers this fall. He recorded at least one goal in five straight games from Sept. 19 to Oct. 8 and recorded the first two hat tricks of his young career in 2008. In all, Zakuani scored in 13 of 23 games and recorded at least one point in 14.

Moreover, the second-year striker was at his best with the game on the line, netting seven game-winning goals in 2008. None were as big however as the decisive score in double overtime to lift the Zips past Northern Illinois in the MAC Tournament championship game on Nov. 16.

The native of London, England was also a two-time national player of the week by Top Drawer Soccer (Oct. 6, Oct. 10) and was named to 12 national teams of the week by three different publications, including Top Drawer Soccer, Soccer America and College Soccer News. Additionally, he was named MAC Player of the Week six times, a new league record.

Notable Zakuani Career Superlatives
Hermann Trophy Finalist (2008)
Soccer America Player of the Year (2008)
Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Season (2008)
NSCAA/adidas All-America First Team (2008)
NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region First Team (2008)
Soccer America First Team All-American (2008)
College Soccer News First Team All-American (2008)
MAC Player of the Year (2008)
All-MAC First Team (2008)
Soccer America Preseason All-American (2008)
Two-Time National Player of the Week, Top Drawer Soccer (Oct. 6, Oct. 10 2008)
National Player of the Week, College Soccer News (Oct. 10, 2008)
Five-Time National Team of the Week honoree, Top Drawer Soccer (2008)
Four-Time National Team of the Week honoree, College Soccer News (2008)
Three-Time National Team of the Week honoree, Soccer America (2008)
Six-Time Mid-American Conference Player of the Week (2008)**
College Soccer News Player to Watch (2008)
MAC Newcomer of the Year (2007)
College Soccer News All-Freshman Team (2007)
NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region First Team (2007)
All-MAC First Team (2007)

** League record


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Re: #4 Zips come from behind Buckeyes to close regular season

Unread postby Spin » Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:07 pm

ESPNrise.com ranks the Zips recruiting class as tops in the nation.

Will they stay ranked top 5 without Zak? Another trip to the tourney? Maybe without the screw job this time?
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Re: #4 Zips come from behind Buckeyes to close regular season

Unread postby Larvell Blanks » Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:06 pm

Who's going to replace Evan Bush in goal?
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Re: #4 Zips come from behind Buckeyes to close regular season

Unread postby Spin » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:20 pm

Heir apparent is a kid out of Alabama, Josh Pantazelos. He only got a handful of minutes this season with Evan on his shutout streak and the team nationally ranked much of the season.
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