Here are some additional details on the University of Akron men’s soccer team following Sunday’s 2-1 win over Hartwick in the MAC Tournament championship game:
University of Akron coach Caleb Porter
On sophomore forwards Teal Bunbury and Darlington Nagbe: “It was a great combo. Those two guys all game were a handful, and they have been all year. When they get going, they're tough to stop. Not only are they fast and skilled, they work off each other very well.”
On Hartwick’s style of play: ''Hartwick is a very physical team and they create a lot of problems for our team because they are direct and they have got big, strong guys. I am proud of our guys. That is not the type of game they like to play. We have smaller, quicker and more skillful guys. For them to deal with Hartwick's style of play is a credit to how much heart they have. A lot of the Hartwick guys are 3 to 4 inches taller and they are stronger.”
On his goal that sophomore Michael Nanchoff assisted on: “Our coaches always emphasize making our runs and just crashing the goal. 'That's what I did. I had the defender on my back and I was lucky enough to get up and get a touch on it.”
On his goal that junior Anthony Ampaipitakwong assisted on: “I saw Ampai and he one-touched it. I went near post. The keeper almost caught it, but I was lucky.”
-This is the 24th time UA has qualified for the NCAA Tournament since the program started in 1955. Its first appearance in the tournament was in 1961.
- UA has won seven MAC Tournament titles — three in a row — and 12 MAC regular season titles — five in a row — since joining in 1993.
- The 20 wins are a school record and represent the fourth-longest winning streak in a single season in NCAA history.
- Bunbury, Nagbe, Nanchoff and freshman defender Chad Barson were named to the MAC All-Tournament Team.