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"Breaking throo" to the West Coast...
By Dana LeRoy (@ZipsDana / @ZipsWBB) Nov. 28, 2013, Women's Basketball
Happy Thanksgiving from California!
The Zips women's basketball program has set up shop in San Luis Obispo for the next few days in preparation for the Cal Poly Holiday Beach Classic. While the team and coaching staff are looking ahead to two important games this weekend against tournament host Cal Poly and UC Davis, it's not every day that our travel party gets to experience life on the west coast, and we took full advantage of that as soon as we landed in Los Angeles yesterday.
A five hour flight from Cleveland to LAX successfully left the snow in our wake and we stepped out into bright sunshine and temperatures in the low 70's. We took a short bus ride over to Venice Beach where the team had a blast exploring for a few hours and enjoying the weather.
San Luis Obispo was another four hour bus trip north of Venice Beach, but we were able to travel up the Pacific coast and take in some beautiful views. We drove through Malibu and saw some incredible houses where some of the players are now intent on living someday.
As for today though, the team will practice at Cal Poly in preparation for its game against the Mustangs on Friday at 10 p.m. ET. Check out Coach Kest's latest video interview to hear her thoughts on the competition this tournament brings:
Tonight, we are having Thanksgiving dinner as a group at our hotel, and are lucky to be joined by family of our support staff and some parents as well. We definitely have a lot to be thankful for today, let's hope we can add two more wins to the list this weekend!
Happy Thanksgiving from Zippy...
By Zippy (@FollowTheRoo) Nov. 27, 2013, General
Season's Greetings, Zips Nation.
As we prepare for Thanksgiving , I wanted to share with you the many blessings within Zips Athletics for which I am thankful ...
... our 450-plus student-athletes who impact our 19 sports: Their hard work and dedication, both in the classroom and in competition, represent what it means to be a Zip ...
... our coaches, administrators and support staff for their impact on our student-athletes: Their dedication is second to none, and the help and guidance they provide is invaluable ...
... our fans for the impact they have: Zips Nation features one of the best cheering sections around, and home or away our student-athletes and coaches appreciate your support ...
... our University community for its impact on our ability to be continually successful: State-of-the-art facilities for training and studying have been built to help current student-athletes excel and to attract prospective ones ...
... the opportunity to be your mascot: It has been an incredible 60 years and I look forward to making an impact for many more ...
From everyone at Zips Athletics, Happy Thanksgiving!
Also, be on the lookout next month when we will share more about our impact on each of you and your impact on us.
Your Favorite Marsupial,
P.S. Hope to see you at noon Friday for our Senior Day football game at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field!
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Women's History Project...
By Dallas Moyer (@ZipsDallas / @ZipsMBB) Nov. 26, 2013, Men's Basketball
Last week, men’s basketball head coach Keith Dambrot had the opportunity to speak at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Women's History Project of the Akron Area. The event held significant meaning for Coach Dambrot as his late mother, Faye Dambrot, was one of the co-founders of the project.
His mother played an important role in shaping women’s rights in the Akron community and was a trend-setting professor at The University of Akron. She was an instrumental part in the formation of the women’s studies program at The University.
Here is a link to an article that ran in the Akron Beacon Journal on Nov. 24 talking about the event and everyone that attended. Also, Coach Dambrot took a few minutes out of his preparation for tonight’s Malone game to talk about his mother’s impact on the Akron community, The University and on his own life.
The Swedish 1-2 Punch...
By Jenny King, Women's Golf Head Coach (@ZipsCoachKing / @ZipsWGolf) Nov. 25, 2013, Women's Golf
I was lucky enough this summer to book my first international recruiting trip. For years, I had been recruiting players from other countries without stepping foot out of the United States. However, recruiting international players via the computer is getting harder and harder. The international players need more face time and the trend for coaches nationwide is to connect with those players1 to 2 times each summer at certain events. I felt it was time for me to make the leap and I chose to take my first international recruiting trip to Sweden.
During my assistant coaching days at the University of Kentucky, I was trained heavily by the head coach to learn the junior golf system in Sweden and ever since then, my main focus has typically been on those golfers. Upon starting the program here at The University of Akron in 2007, one of the first people to sign with our program was a player from Sweden, Hanna Ek. Hanna visited campus, saw everything Akron had to offer and the rest was history. She ended up being one of our program's best players and overall best people in our short existence.
Since then, we have added two other players from Sweden to the roster. They are currently serving as our very own Swedish 1-2 Punch! Sophomore Frida Fougberg came in as a freshman last year and would lead the team in almost every single event. She became our team MVP as a freshman and hasn't missed a beat since she returned for her sophomore season this past fall. Frida is getting some strong support, however, from her other Swedish teammate, freshman Lina Bengtsson. Lina's steady play as a freshman has been a big bonus for our team. She currently is leading the team with the lowest stroke average and after the fall slate she leads all MAC Freshmen with the lowest stroke average.
What makes both of these players special is not just their abilities with their ball striking or their short game, (of course they are very good in those categories or they wouldn't be top players on this team), but they also have something that many players do not: a level of mental toughness and mental maturity that you sometimes only see in your upper classmen. This is what makes them excel so early in their careers. It also can be contributed to the fact that they both are extremely consistent golfers. Consistency, throughout our entire roster, is something that our program is working towards achieving. It is the single most important thing that our program needs to become a factor in our conference championship and a top team in the country. The Swedish 1-2 punch is a great start!
Freshman Lina Bengtsson (left), head coach Jenny King (center) and sophomore Frida Fougberg (right) during Coach King's visit to Sweden last summer.
Sight seeing in Gothenburg, home of Frida and Lina. Picture
of the sailing ship Viking.
Education Day Gets a Gold Star...
By Dana LeRoy (@ZipsDana / @ZipsWBB) Nov. 13, 2013, Women's Basketball
Women’s Basketball hosted its first ever Education Day yesterday (Nov. 12) in conjunction with its home game against Tennessee Tech, and the event was huge success both on and off the court.
UA set a new school record for most points in a single game, defeating TTU by a score of 118-71, and over 430 fifth-grade students from Akron area schools were on hand to witness history.
Curriculum containing practical lessons in geography, reading, and statistics were mailed to the students weeks in advance to prepare them for the game. In addition to the gameday packets they received when they arrived at Rhodes Arena, some lucky students were also chosen to represent their schools as ball kids and guest announcers, reading the names of Akron’s starting five during pregame introductions.
The Zips’ Athletics marketing staff, along with volunteers from the College of Education and other student-athletes, volunteered their time to ensure that the young fans enjoyed their interactive educational experience.
Check out the news clips and photos below recapping the first successful Education Day! The women’s basketball program and marketing staff hope to establish this event as an annual tradition and grow the event in the seasons to come.
Akron Beacon Journal…
Fifth-graders get schooled at University of Akron women’s basketball game
AkronNewsNow.com (WAKR Radio)...
Watch Out for the Zips...
As Akron is set to begin regular season play at James A. Rhodes Arena this evening, it's no secret that the 2013-14 season will be another big one for the Zips. With the return of national assists leader Kacie Cassell, reigning MAC Player of the Year Rachel Tecca, and All-MAC selection Hanna Luburgh, the Zips have received a multitude of preseason accolades.
ESPN’s Graham Hays gave the Zips a fifth place nod in his Preseason Mid-Major Poll. Hays highlights last year's Tecca as Akron's player to watch, after she set Akron’s single-season scoring record in 2012-13.
Topping the list at number one was nationally-ranked Dayton, the Zips' Nov. 15 opponent, and fellow MAC team Central Michigan came in at number seven.
As the Zips are coming off their most successful season in program history, the Mid-American Conference is also set to be at its most competitive.
Akron joins five other MAC teams earning votes in CollegeInsider's Top-25 Mid-Major Poll. Toledo, Central Michigan, and Bowling Green are featured in the Top 25, while Akron received 16 votes. League foes Ball State and Buffalo also received nine and three votes, respectively.
In addition, the MAC released a preseason coaches poll of its own, and after receiving nine first place votes, Akron was project to repeat as the East Division champions. The Zips were followed by Bowling Green with three votes first-place votes. Central Michigan was the unanimous choice among the head coaches to win the West Division. Tecca and Luburgh were also tabbed as Preseason All-Conference players.
Though conference play is a little less than two months away, the Zips are set to begin competing tonight and aim to continue earning the attention of media, coaches, and fans across the country as the 2013-14 season gets underway. Tip-off for UA’s season opener against Florida Atlantic is set for 5:30 p.m. at the JAR.
Check out what head coach Jodi Kest had to say earlier this week about tonight’s game:
Coach Dambrot Returns to National Coaches Diary Series...
What's great about the blog is that it gives head and assistant coaches a chance to give fans across the country an inside look into their programs.
In his first entry of the season, Coach Dambrot talks about his Akron roots, the 2013-14 Zips and Akron's early schedule.
PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge Saturday...
Prior to this three-game slide, UA had won
three-straight and five-of-six meetings (2004-09), and this is the
longest KSU has retained possession of the wheel since winning nine
in a row from 1946 through 1954.
Softball in Fall Swing...
By Dana LeRoy (@ZipsDana /
@ZipsSB) Oct. 11, 2013, Softball
The Zips have been busy since school started, racking up wins in the offseason as they forge ahead in fall ball action.
Akron has gone 7-0 so far during its fall schedule, and although the games don’t count toward the spring season, head coach Julie Jones has been able to get a look at her team in a variety of different lineups.
Jones has guided UA to fall victories over Tiffin (7-1), California Pennsylvania (3-2), Cleveland State (3-1 and 5-4 in eight innings), Fairmont State (3-0), Hillsdale (6-1) and most notably, Ohio State (6-4 in nine innings).
Akron returns 13 letterwinners overall from last year’s squad and welcomed four newcomers – two freshmen and two transfers – for 2013-14. Right-handed pitcher Sara Pearson, a junior transfer from Memphis, has already made a big impact in the rotation, combining with MacKenzie Conrad to lead the Zips in the circle.
The Zips will wrap up their fall schedule on Saturday, Oct. 12 at noon when they host rival Kent State at Lee R. Jackson Field. The game also marks the kickoff of the Zips vs. Flashes Alumni Challenge, which both programs announced today.
Tomorrow wouldn’t be a bad day to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and take in some Zips softball!
The Tropical days of fall...
By Sam Baldwin (@ZipsSam / @ZipsBB) Oct. 10, 2013, Baseball
Hawaiian shirts of all different colors dotted Lee R. Jackson Field this afternoon as Akron baseball took the field for fall practice. To shake things up, the players decided to don their tropical gear for a beautiful day in Akron.
Akron baseball is preparing for the fast approaching Fall World Series, a five-game intrasquad series set to begin on Friday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. on Lee R. Jackson Field. Prior to the beginning of the Series, the Zips will have an exhibition contest against the Toronto Mets, which is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.
Tailgating food is something to cheer
They should rename the sport foodball.
To prove this point, look no further than the tailgate parties at the University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium.
Dambrot relishes "old school approach”
By: Jonathan Cooper, ESPN.com, Oct. 4, 2013, Men's Basketball
The following Q&A with men's basketball head coach Keith Dambrot ran on October 2 on ESPN.com (link).
The University of Akron basketball team held its first practice of the 2013-'14 season last Friday. Led by 54-year-old coach Keith Dambrot, a 1982 graduate of the school, the two-time defending Mid-American Conference regular-season champions—only the third team in 30 years to earn that honor—personify that dangerous mid-major that flies under the radar, ready to pounce on an unassuming powerhouse foe. For the last eight seasons, Akron has won at least 20 games, one of 15 teams nationwide to do so. With Dambrot at the helm, it's the third-longest active streak of 20-win seasons among mid-major coaches (in 2004-'05 the team just missed the cut, winning 19). Last season, Dambrot earned MAC Coach of the Year after leading his alma mater to a school-record 26 wins, to MAC regular season and tournament championships, and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years and the third time in five (the school has a total of four NCAA Tournament appearances). Ironically, the Zips were eliminated by VCU, which is coached by Shaka Smart, Dambrot's assistant at Akron from 2003 through '06. Akron knows what it has in Dambrot, who signed a 10-year contract in 2012, andreceived a one-year extension last month, taking him through the 2022-'23 season. A day before that first practice, Dambrot took time to talk with ESPN Events, touching on the tradition of Akron basketball, and the opportunity to play in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
Q: As you head into the first day of practice for
2013-'14, what's your mindset?
Q: Do you see an advantage in the NCAA's the new rules
allowing more days to practice, even if the number of hours remains
Q: You need to replace Zeke Marshall, the MAC's
Defensive Player of the Year and the school's all-time leading
shot-blocker. Who are you looking at to pick up the
Q: What's been the key to keeping Akron so successful
during your tenure?
Q: You have the most 20-win seasons and the most
consecutive 20-win seasons in school history. You're also the first
Akron coach to have this many consecutive 20-win seasons since Bob
Huggins coached the Zips. How do you see your place in school
Q: There are a lot of Akron alumni on the coaching
staff. As an alumnus, how important is it to bring back former Zips
who are familiar with the tradition?
Q: The Zips will play in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond
Head Classic (Dec. 22-25). How important is it for the program to
get exposure by participating in these early season
Q: Among your most successful assistants to move on to
major conference jobs is VCU head coach Shaka Smart. Did you know
he was going to be as successful a head coach as he's
Women's Soccer Light the Night Walk with LLS
By: Sam Baldwin (@ZipsSam / @ZipsWSOC), Sept. 24, 2013, Women's Soccer
The Akron women's soccer team recently held an event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, following Sunday's home match, to bring awareness to the organization and help with the cause.
Senior Rachel Dennis, who was a major part of organizing the event, had this to say:
"The Akron Light The Night walk was a big success. All summer for my internship, the LLS employees worked hard on creating successful walks. I felt this was the perfect opportunity to get Akron women's soccer more involved with LLS than in previous years. We have a great group of girls here, and I knew in reaching out to my teammates that they would be interested. A lot of my teammates helped raise funds with the bake sale we hosted for the home opener. In the end, our walk team raised a little under $2,000 for LLS. I think for all the girls that walked it was an eye opening experience seeing the people who have survived cancer, and also seeing how passionate people are about the cause. I couldn't ask for a better group of girls to spend so much time with, and also a better organization like LLS to work with."
Head coach Vernon Croft was also able to meet Ava, a leukemia survivor, prior to the home opener on September 9 as a part of LLS Day at FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field.
Coach Croft said of the his team's involvement in the event, "I am extremely proud of our players, specifically Rachel, for their understanding that there is more to life than just the game. Each one of us either directly or within a person removed has been touched by cancer and possibly even as specific as a blood cancer, like Luekemia or Lymphoma. For our players to donate their time, money, and energies to help support such a wonderful group and help them increase awareness is just outstanding."
In other news, be sure to tune into tonight's men's soccer match against Ohio State, as Coach Croft will be a featured guest during the second half of the NSCAA.TV broadcast of the game. To view the broadcast tonight at 7 p.m., follow this link.
Sometimes it's about more than football at a football game ...
A Michigan Fan
Salutes the Zips
The following letter appeared in the Sept. 18 "Letters to the Editor" section of the Akron Beacon Journal.
I, like many Michigan fans, was complacent before the football game with the Akron Zips. We even seriously discussed leaving after the third quarter if the score was 50-0, and the third string team was playing.
I had the pleasure of attending the game with my two sons. What we were treated to was a game for the ages and great memories.
It was a testament to the Zips and their coaching, talent, execution and perseverance. A lesser team would have crumbled in the Big House. Instead, the offense owned the front line, having twice the rushing yardage of Michigan at halftime.
It seemed that the Michigan offense was often going the wrong way, as it was being pushed back by Akron. Except for a costly interception in the end zone and a pass interference call, the game could easily have gone the other way.
The composure the Akron offense showed executing the final two-minute drill was impressive. It was a great teachable moment with my sons, showing them the power of passion, dedication and teamwork.
I do not know when Michigan and Akron will meet again on the football field, but I hope to be there. I have the utmost respect for their kids and their football program.
The Big House has been home to many memorable and storied games. This ranks with the best of them.
The Turning Point is Upon Us
By: Dallas Moyer (@ZipsDallas), Sept. 16, 2013, Football
History tends to repeat itself...
How many times have you, as a college football fan, climbed out of bed on a Sunday morning and read about how a heavy favorite struggled and/or lost to a big underdog on Saturday the week following a big win? I've already lost count how many times it has already happened this season.
So the story came and went over the weekend as the Zips went into the "Big House" – the largest college football stadium in the nation and home to the program with the most all-time wins – and stood toe-to-toe with the No. 11/12 Wolverines.
The Zips out-played the Wolverines in many aspects, forcing four turnovers, holding UM to 30 percent in third-down conversion, etc. And when it came down to the end, a blitz on fourth-and-goal was the difference.
As Coach Bowden said today in his MAC Coaches Conference Call, "...rarely does a loss feel like a win, but this one does."
However, a loss is a loss. History may repeat itself, but history can also be changed. This team cannot be like the Wolverines and have a letdown following an emotional game.
So, what can we hope for this week?
We hope for a packed ZipsFest with fans on hand to welcome the football team when it arrives at 4 p.m. to face Louisiana.
We hope for InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field to be filled with an energetic, confident fan base, just like the team that took the field at practice today and that will take the field on Saturday.
We hope to see a team take the next step.
We hope to see the players carry the momentum and make a statement, a statement that can allow them to one day say: "I was there when this Akron Zips team took the program to the next level."
Coach Bowden talks about commitment when he talks about Zips football. Commitment to his players, to one another, to the program, to the university and to Northeast Ohio.
This team is committed to taking the next step...are you?
Fall Practice in Full Swing for Baseball
By: Sam Baldwin (@ZipsSam), Sept. 11, 2013, Baseball
Zips baseball is back on the diamond as the team started fall practices this week. On Monday, head coach Rick Rembielak spoke about the fall practices, his incoming players and the 2013 Fall World series coming up in October.
Rembielak has found two new coaches for the 2013-14 school year in pitching coach Kyle Smith and volunteer assistant coach Spencer Schmitz, who join assistant coach Fred Worth on the coaching staff. For continued information on the Zips during fall practice, follow the team on Twitter at @ZipsBB.
Where Did the Summer Go?
By: Men's Golf Head Coach David Trainor (@ZipsMGolf), Sept. 6, 2013, Men's Golf
It seems like just yesterday we finished up our 2012-13 season at the MAC Championship. The summer – which never felt like summer because it just never got that hot – flew by with the majority of my time being spent on the recruiting trail. With all of that being said, summer is over, the student-athletes are back and it is nice to have the campus buzzing again.
From a golf standpoint, we start the fall off the same every year. The guys come back, they have a plethora of meetings the first couple of days and then get to qualifying for the first tournament almost immediately. This year we played five rounds to determine the line up for the frst event. I laid out the stipulations for the qualifier before we started and let them get after it.
We finished the "qualifying tournament" earlier this week, and I must say it was great to watch. I let them play and all I did is watch. It gives me a chance to see who is sharp, who isn't, some strengths and weaknesses, as well as who likes the pressure of competition. I must say I saw a lot of great things this qualifier, and I am excited to get the year started. We leave today for Pawleys Island, S.C., and our first round of the year is Sunday, September 8th.
I will try to keep everyone updated on how we are doing through Twitter (@ZipsMGolf) after each round.
Thanks for everyone's support – GO ZIPS!
Zips In NYC...
By: Paul Warner, September 5, 2013, Men's
After playing in 90-degree weather last weekend in South
Carolina, weather conditions will be quite different when the Zips
take the pitch at No. 23 St. John's tomorrow night. With a true
Fall night projected in the forecast and an 8 p.m. ET kick off, it
will be a welcome break from last weekend's heat.
By: Dana LeRoy, September 5, 2013, Volleyball
The eve of the Akron Invitational is upon us!
For the 19th season in its 40-year history, Zips Volleyball is hosting its own non-conference invitational. Tennessee Tech, Niagara and Milwaukee are en route to Akron and the JAR for the tournament that starts tomorrow and continues through Saturday. The complete tournament schedule is below:
2013 AKRON INVITATIONAL
Akron is coming off a sweep of the SIUE Cougar Classic last weekend, where Alex Cocklin was named MVP and Mary Delich and Kelsey Wilson earned All-Tournament team accolades for the first time in their careers.
Jill Paluch also reached a career milestone, surpassng 1,000 digs. On a related note, there will be special presentation prior to the start of the Zips' 7 p.m. match against Niagara tomorrow night, you won't want to miss it!
The Zips getting in some last-minute practice for their home opener tomorrow
Coach Arenz will be a guest on Zips Live presented by Lee Hyder & Associates tonight to preview the tournament. The radio show airs live from Johnny J's in the Valley from 7 to 8 p.m. on 1350 AM (WARF). You can listen live here or come and join us for dinner at Johnny J's!
There is a lot of hype heading into this first #ZipsGameday on campus – we are hosting volleyball all day tomorrow, doubling down with volleyball and football's home opener on Saturday, capped off with women's soccer on Sunday.
Stay up-to-date with the action of all of our fall sports through our Twitter accounts and GoZips.com!
A Letter to My Team...
By: Women's Golf Head Coach Jenny King (@ZipsCoachKing), Sept. 5, 2013, Women's Golf
Each year I write my team a letter and include it in our team handbook. Usually this letter encompasses a common theme that we need to focus on to be successful and to reach our goals individually and as a team.
This year we will do our best to focus on ACCEPTANCE on the golf course. Choosing the positive outlook on each shot, each hole, each round, instead of focusing on results only, will get us closer to where we want to be as a team. Below is this year's letter.
Welcome Back Ladies!
It is good to have everyone back and, as usual, I'm very excited to get started this year!
One of the highlights of summer for me was watching the Solheim Cup. Nothing like great team competition on the golf course to get me ready for our season! Now, if you were keeping up with the competition at all, you know that Team Europe retained the Cup in dominating fashion.
One of the stars for Team Europe that week was Solheim Cup rookie, a 17-year-old Brit, Charley Hull. Hull handled the LPGA veteran Paula Creamer easily, winning her singles match 5 and 4. The young Hull played each of her matches with great ease and she said she rarely felt nervous...
"I'm not going to die if I hit a bad shot. Just hit it, find it and hit it again," Hull said in an interview after her singles match against Creamer.
At 17 years old, Hull overcame one of the biggest obstacles we all face in the game of golf: FEAR. She overcame fear with ACCEPTANCE. Even the professionals do not hit perfect shots.
Consider this scenario: You are on the first tee of a big tournament. There is a gallery and you are nervous. You step up to the tee, go through your routine and top the ball into the rough in front of the tee. How do you respond?
Now think about it this way: You are on the first tee of a big tournament. There is a gallery and you are nervous. You step up to the tee, go through your routine and top the ball into the rough in front of the tee. You go on to shoot a 68 and win the tournament. How do you respond to the bad shot now? (via Fred Shoemaker, Extraordinary Golf)
If you knew that one bad shot would not affect the outcome of your round in a negative way, would that shot bother you? Probably not! Can you choose the correct attitude on the golf course instead of being reactive to results? YES!
Let's hold our heads high and act like champions! LET'S GO ZIPS!
I hope you enjoy this inside look at our Women's Golf Program here at The University of Akron! We are looking forward to representing the Zips with positive attitudes and confidence this weekend at the Golfweek Program Challenge in Pawleys Island, S.C.
New Rifle Member Succeeds at NRA Championships...
By: Sam Baldwin, September 3, 2013, Rifle
The 2013-14 Zips rifle season is just about a month away from the opener at the Mid-Atlantic Conference Open in Annapolis, Md., on Oct. 6. The team brings back 11 members of the 2012-13 roster, while also adding six newcomers.
One of the newest members of Zips rifle, sophomore Matthew Chezem, has already made a name for himself outside of shooting in the collegiate ranks. This summer, Chezem finished second in the nation at the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships.
Shooting Sports USA recently published an in-depth article about the Championships, which can be seen here on page 27. Matthew is a strong addition to an Akron rifle team that looks to defend it MAC Smallbore Championship for the third year in a row.
As Things Change, They Stay The Same...
By: Paul Warner, August 31, 2013, Men's
With a new head coach and a number of new faces on the team, its
was the same dominating brand of Akron Soccer that we have been
accustomed to in the Zips' 2-0, season-opening victory at the
College of Charleston last night. UA out-shot the Cougars 23-5
overall and 11-3 on-goal to earn its first W of the year and secure
the first victory of what will likely be many in the Akron head
coaching career for longtime assistant Jared Embick.
It was also great to see all the support from our incredible
network of current professional players following the match.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Zips this weekend however
as the team will have just one day to recover and prepare for
Furman Sunday. Then they take the field against the Palladins, they
will see a familiar face in senior midfielder Martin Ontiveros, who
appeared in 12 matches as a true freshman at Akron during the 2010
NCAA National Championship season.
After a late breakfast this morning, the team went back to the
practice field for a stretch and light training. During the
session, which lasted approximately an hour and 15 minute session,
assistant coach Carl Capellas, who may have the most energy of
anyone I've ever met, got in the goal box to take on some of the
coaches in a 1v1. Check out Coach Capellas' keeper skills in the
Zips Eager To Begin Season...
By: Paul Warner, August 30, 2013, Men's
Just got back from today's light training session and stadium
walk through. The team is looking sharp and itching to get the year
started. Here are a couple snap shots from this morning.
Soccer Central At The Sleep Inn...
By: Paul Warner, August 30, 2013, Men's
College soccer season is here. If that wasn't already apparent,
we were all reminded of it this morning as the team went down to
the breakfast area only to find women's teams from Jacksonville
State and Canisius, who will be competing at at tournament hosted
by The Citadel this weekend, already enjoying their meals. With
student-athletes spilling out into the lobby and food disppearing
by the second, the coaches turned to Plan B. Bagel run!