The University of Akron men’s soccer team will be away from home once again this weekend in a third round match of NCAA Tournament.
UA will play at Charlotte on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Transamerica Field. The winner advances to the national quarterfinals.
“We are looking forward to playing Charlotte,” UA coach Caleb Porter said Sunday. “We are onto the round of 16 and we are going to keep taking it one game at a time. We are going to prepare all week, have a good plan and the guys will be ready.”
The Zips defeated the sixth-seeded Southern Methodist University Mustangs 3-2 on Sunday to advance. Charlotte beat the 11th-seeded and host University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers 3-1.
UA and Charlotte are unseeded in the tournament. The 49ers are No. 17 in the RPI and the Zips are No. 30.
Sophomore forward Darren Mattocks scored two goals Sunday for the Zips and senior forward Luke Holmes added one goal.
“The tournament is about winning and moving on,” Porter said Sunday. “It doesn’t matter how you do it. It was a little scary at the end, obviously. I thought we were well in control of the match at 3-0. I thought we were deservedly at 3-0. I felt these guys came to play, followed the plan and played our style.
“We got on the ball, dictated the game and I thought the pressure was suffocating. We finished three great goals, but for whatever reason at the end the game turned. A lot of times its one goal that can really turn the game. That is why this sport is such an interesting sport because it can turn in a minute.”
Speas scores goal
In other college soccer news, No. 1 seed North Carolina will host No. 16 seed Indiana on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tar Heels junior forward Ben Speas, a UA transfer and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy graduate, contributed a goal in UNC’s 3-2 win Sunday against visiting Coastal Carolina.