Akron Zips men's soccer

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Akron Zips
men's soccer
Current season
Akron Zipsmen's soccer athletic logo

University University of Akron
Conference MAC
Location Akron, OH
Head Coach Jared Embick (1st year)
Stadium FirstEnergy Stadium
(Capacity: 4,000+standing room)
Nickname Zips
Colors Blue and Gold

             

Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Champions
2010
NCAA Tournament Runner Up
1986, 2009
NCAA College Cup Appearances
1986, 2009, 2010
NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances
1986, 2009, 2010
NCAA Round of 16 Appearances
1986, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1986, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Conference Tournament Champions
1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Conference Regular Season Champions
1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013


The Akron Zips men's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of the University of Akron. The team is a member of the Mid-American Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Akron is regularly ranked in the Top 10 NSCAA Collegiate men's soccer poll, and is currently ranked #1. They have been ranked #1 previously in 2005, 2009 and 2010. The Zips have played their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field since 1966, formerly named Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field and Cub Cadet Field. They won their first national championship in 2010.

History[edit]

In 1954, an Oberlin College transfer named Stu Parry started the soccer team at Akron. That year, they finished the season with two wins and one tie. The next year, men's soccer was officially offered by the University and after starting the season with two losses, they ended with a 2-4-1 record, with the team's first win coming against rival Kent State.

Parry eventually led the team to nine Ohio College Soccer Association titles as well as six NCAA playoff appearances.[1] In 1986, the men's soccer team gained the most exposure in the NCAA tournament, finishing second to Duke by a score of 1-0. A Duke player, Ken Lolla, took over the program in 1993 and then became Akron's all-time winningest coach, with a record of 160-68-25. He also led the team to their first #1 ranking, which was also the first ever MAC team in any sport to be ranked #1.[1]

Colors and badge[edit]

The team uses the school colors of blue and gold.[2]

Stadium[edit]

Lee Jackson Field was dedicated on October 22, 1966. Along with the soccer venue, the 23-acre (93,000 m2) complex also includes fields for the school's baseball, softball, and track and field competition areas along with a practice field for the football team. The fields are located towards the southeast corner of the University of Akron campus, just west of InfoCision Stadium.

Other expansion and upgrade plans for the stadium have included a grandstand with seating capacity of 2,200, berm seating around the stadium with a capacity of 2,600, and lighting which meets national television specifications.[3]

Announced in March 2011 was a partnership between The University of Akron and Cub Cadet, the premier brand of Cleveland-based MTD Products, which will rename the Zips' new, state-of-the-art grass soccer field Cub Cadet Field.[4]

In June 2011, the field was renamed FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet field after Cub Cadet as well as First Energy plans were announced to build 300 new bleacher seats, permanent restrooms, and a concession stand along with the renaming.[5]

Supporters[edit]

The AK-ROWDIES are a student organization which cheer on sports teams in various sports at the University. The ROWDIES were formed as an official student organization in 2005. During the soccer games, they can be found behind the goal area, heckling the opponent's goalie. You will also hear all of their soccer cheers and chants.[6]

Roster[edit]

As of September 8, 2012[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Fernando Pina
2 United States DF Andrew Souders
3 United States MF Saad Abdul-Salaam
4 United States DF Bryan Gallego
5 United States MF Matt Foldesy
6 United States MF Adam Najem
7 Costa Rica MF Reinaldo Brenes
8 Brazil MF Victor Souto
10 United States MF Aodhan Quinn
11 England FW Ismail Seremba
12 England FW Sam Gainford
13 United States MF Zac Portillos
14 United States MF Eric Stevenson
15 England DF Louis Cross
No. Position Player
16 United States DF Phil Fives
17 United States FW Riley Grant
18 Nigeria MF Osas Malkin
19 United States MF Tyler Sanda
20 United States DF Brad Ruhaak
21 United States DF Brett Gravatt
22 United States MF Robbie Derschang
23 United States GK Andrian McAdams
24 United States GK Jake Fenlason
25 United States MF Clint Caso
26 United States GK Jonny DeMoya
27 Japan MF Keisuke Ohata
28 United States GK Alex Shedloski

Coaching staff[edit]

2013-2014 Coaching Staff[8]
Position Staff
Head Coach United States Jared Embick
Assistant Coaches England Olivier Slawson, United States Carl Capellas
Director of Soccer Operations United States Donny Sheehan
Goalkeepers Coach England Stuart Dobson

Notable players[edit]

Previous head coaches[edit]

Listed according to when they became head coach for Akron (year in parentheses):

  • 1950s-1960s: Stu Parry (1955)
  • 1970s-1980s: Bill Killen (1970), Robert Dowdy (1974), Steve Parker (1982)
  • 1990s-2000s (decade): Ken Lolla (1993), Caleb Porter (2006)

Achievements[edit]

  • Mid-American Conference Tournament:
    • Winners (10): 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
    • Runners-up (4): 1995, 1997, 2001, 2006
  • Mid-American Conference Regular Season:
    • Winners (16): 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
    • Runners-up (5): 1994, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004
  • Ohio College Soccer Association:
    • Winners (19): 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987
  • Mid-Continent Conference Regular Season:
    • Winners (1): 1991

Records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Program Timeline" (PDF). 2009 University of Akron Men's Soccer Media Guide. University of Akron. 2009. p. 37. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.uakron.edu/im/resources/brand/color.dot
  3. ^ "Home Field Advantage". 2009 University of Akron Men's Soccer Media Guide. pp. 4–5. 
  4. ^ "Men's Soccer Announces 2011 Fall Schedule". GoZips.com. 
  5. ^ http://www.uakron.edu/im/online-newsroom/news_details.dot?newsId=2041333&crumbTitle=FirstEnergy%20Stadium–Cub%20Cadet%20Field%20is%20new%20name%20for%20soccer%20venue
  6. ^ Wheeler, Jeff (2007-11-20). "'Rowdie' for UA sports". The Buchtelite (College Publisher). Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  7. ^ "2012 Men's Soccer Roster". University of Akron. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  8. ^ "Coaching Staff". University of Akron. Retrieved 23 May 2013.