University of Akron men's soccer coach Caleb Porter put together a video message for Zips fans that is on the UA athletic website, www.gozips.com.
UA (19-1-1) hosts Indiana (10-7-2) in an NCAA Tournament third round game at Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field.
Here is the video, courtesy of the Zips Athletics Department:
"This Sunday we face the Indiana Hoosiers at 4 o’clock," Porter says in the video. "We hope that all of you who have been so supportive to our program will come out to this game and step up even more. We need your help. Our mission is to "Fill the Hill." I have personally decided to buy 500 tickets that I will be giving out to students on campus. I’m willing to do whatever it takes so that our program will win a national championship. I hope that all of you will help and do your part as well. As I have always said we will do our part on the field, you do your part off the field, and together we will be champions."
The Zips drew two crowds of over 4,000 fans earlier this season with wins over Cal State Northridge and Tulsa. A record 4,744 attended the Tulsa match.
UA has had four crowds of over 3,000 fans, in victories over Florida Atlantic, Michigan, Western Michigan and Creighton. The two smallest regular season home crowds came during wins over Buffalo and Cincinnati.
The three most recent home matches, wins over Buffalo, Western Michigan and West Virginia, have drawn 2,825 or less fans.