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Akron Soccer Quotes & Notes from Saturday

By Michael Beaven Published: December 12, 2009

Here are some tidbits from Saturday's press conference:
Akron coach Caleb Porter
on Zips junior midfielder/penalty kick ace Blair Gavin: “He makes up his mind when he gets up there. I never know where he is going. He takes them like a pro. He can go both ways. You can’t scout him.”
Porter commenting again on Gavin's technique in PK situations: "I have never seen a guy better than him on PK's.  
on the rumors involving the open Indiana coaching job: “I’ve been already contacted by Indiana. I have already made a statement that I am not interested. I would prefer to not answer more questions on that. We are at the College Cup. We should be talking about that. I am focused on Akron right now. I love this team, I love being in Akron and my wife does as well. The administration is committed to our program. And the alumni are behind us. I have not thought or talked with anybody us whatsoever. The rumors out there are purely speculation.”
on the header by Zips freshman midfielder Ben Speas that denied UNC a goal in the second overtime: "He made a play to keep NC off the score sheet. If he doesn't make that play, we lose ... He played his best game of the year."
on the five Akron players that took the penalty kicks: "The guys we picked, we knew would be confident. That's the most improtant thing."
Akron sophomore forward Teal Bunbury
“It’s been a great journey ever since preseason. We have a big game tomorrow.”
Akron junior midfielder Blair Gavin
on his approach to penalty kicks: “I go up there confident. ... I watch the goalkeeper and react. I watch when my teammates take their kick and look for tendencies. I saw him dive (to my right) and I kicked to the other side (my left).”
Virginia coach George Gelnovatch
on playing Akron: ''It's refreshing to see a new face, a new team of the same caliber of our ACC sisters. They play soccer. They are a good attacking team.''
Notes & Quotes 
-- Porter said sophomore midfielder Michael Nanchoff is out with a hamstring injury and junior midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong is expected to play despite a bruised quad muscle.
-- Porter on Ampaipitakwong status: "I'm guessing he'll be out there. We have 90 minutes left."
-- Porter said Nanchoff "pulled the hamstring four weeks ago." Porter said Nanchoff made great strides in the past week in training and that "prior to Friday he looked to be 100 percent. I don't know if it was the weather, or if it was fluke, but he tweaked it again (during warmups)."
-- The Cavaliers had three players answer questions from the media Saturday. They were junior forward Chase Neinken, junior defender T.J. Cyrus and junior goalkeeper Diego Restrepo.
-- All three Cavaliers spoke of taking "great pride in wearing the Virginia crest" and playing in a program with a "tradition for winning titles."
-- Restrepo's name should be familiar to Zips fans. He was the goalkeeper for South Florida in 2007 when the Bulls defeated the Zips 1-0 in an NCAA Tournament game that went to double overtime and was played during below freezing temperatures.  
-- "That was an unbelievable experience," Restrepo said Saturday regarding the 2007 game. "They're very good. I'll never forget the game. That was a tough game."
-- Restrepo said he has played on summer teams with Ampaipitakwong and Gavin.
-- UA has a 2-1 advantage over Virginia in three meeting. The Zips won matchups in 1980 (1-0) and 1981 (2-1), the Cavaliers won in 1997 by a 5-1 score.

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