Akron Zips men's soccer

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Akron Zips
men's soccer
2016 Akron Zips men's soccer team
Akron Z logo 2015.png
Founded 1954
University University of Akron
Conference MAC
Location Akron, OH
Head coach Jared Embick (3rd year)
Stadium FirstEnergy Stadium
(Capacity: 4,000+standing room)
Nickname Zips
Colors Blue and Gold[1]
         
Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Champions
2010
NCAA Tournament Runner Up
1986, 2009
NCAA Tournament College Cup
1986, 2009, 2010, 2015
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal
1986, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015
Division II – 1972
NCAA Tournament Round of 16
1986, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011,2015
Division II – 1972
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1986, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Division II – 1972
Conference Tournament Champions
1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference Regular Season Champions
1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

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. 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.[2] 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.[2]

Colors and badge[edit]

The team uses the school colors of blue and gold.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

Roster[edit]

As of April 11, 2016[8]

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

No. Position Player
2 United States DF Andrew Souders
3 United States FW Sean Sepe
4 United States DF Niko De Vera
5 United States DF Danilo Radjen
6 Canada MF Richie Laryea
7 England FW Sam Gainford
8 Brazil MF Victor Souto
9 New Zealand FW Stuart Holthusen
10 United States MF Adam Najem
11 United States MF Jesse Garcia-Aguilar
12 Israel FW Adi Dakwar
13 Spain MF Pau Belana
14 United States DF Bryce Cregan
15 Eritrea DF Ezana Kahsay
No. Position Player
16 United States DF Shane Wiedt
17 United States FW Anthony Macchione
18 United States FW Nate Shultz
19 United States MF Tyler Sanda
20 United States DF Brad Ruhaak
21 United States MF Skye Harter
22 United States MF Robby Dambrot
23 United States DF Barth-Luther Mouafo
24 United States GK Jake Fenlason
25 Portugal MF Goncalo Soares
26 United States DF Alonzo Clarke
27 United States GK Elliott Rubio
28 United States GK Nick Costa
28 Brazil MF Dener Dos Santos

Coaching staff[edit]

2016–2017 Coaching Staff[9]
Position Staff
Head Coach United States Jared Embick
Assistant Coaches United States T.J. Kolba, United States Leo Chappel
Goalkeepers Coach Republic of Ireland Ger Coppinger

Notable Alumni[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]

  • NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship:
    • Winners (1): 2010
    • Runners-up (2): 1986, 2009
  • Mid-American Conference Tournament:
    • Winners (11): 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
    • Runners-up (4): 1995, 1997, 2001, 2006
  • Mid-American Conference Regular Season:
    • Winners (17): 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
    • 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]

  • Most Goals in a game: 14 (12–2) vs. Cleveland State, September 9, 2005
  • Most Goals in a half: 8 vs. Green Bay, 1986
  • Lee Jackson Field attendance: 4,744 vs. Tulsa, September 22, 2010
  • FirstEnergy Stadium–Cub Cadet Field attendance: 5,819 vs. Ohio State, September 28, 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The University of Akron Department of Athletics Brand Guide (PDF). 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Program Timeline" (PDF). 2009 University of Akron Men's Soccer Media Guide. University of Akron. 2009. p. 37. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.uakron.edu/im/resources/brand/color.dot
  4. ^ "Home Field Advantage" (PDF). 2009 University of Akron Men's Soccer Media Guide. pp. 4–5. 
  5. ^ "Men's Soccer Announces 2011 Fall Schedule". GoZips.com. 
  6. ^ http://www.uakron.edu/im/online-newsroom/news_details.dot?newsId=2041333&crumbTitle=FirstEnergy%20Stadium–Cub%20Cadet%20Field%20is%20new%20name%20for%20soccer%20venue
  7. ^ Wheeler, Jeff (2007-11-20). "'Rowdie' for UA sports". The Buchtelite. College Publisher. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  8. ^ "2015 Men's Soccer Roster". University of Akron. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Coaching Staff". University of Akron. Retrieved 11 April 2016.