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No. 1 Akron to play No. 17 Stanford next

By Michael Beaven Published: November 23, 2009

Here is some additional information following the University of Akron 2-0 win over South Florida in an NCAA Tournament second-round men’s soccer game.
Junior midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong scored both goals and helped the No. 1 Zips (21-0-0) defeat the No. 16 Bulls (14-4-3), who ended UA's 2001 and 2007 seasons in the NCAA Tournament.
UA will host Stanford on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Sweet 16.
The top-ranked Zips defeated the Bulls before a Lee Jackson Field record crowd of 2,700.
The bleachers in front of the press box and the student section behind the goal were full. A lot of people were watching the game from near the benches, outside the stadium on small hills, from the Student Union, etc. The temporary bleachers that were set up appeared to be too small. Hopefully, they can find some larger temporary bleachers to set up and the crowd against Stanford could reach 3,000.
UA held an advantage in shots (14-1), shots on goal (5-1) and corner kicks (7-1).
Quotes
Caleb Porter
''I think it was good to get that first game out of the way. I told the guys after the game that over the years that has often times been one of the more difficult games that I have played in and coached in because it is a new feeling and it's kind of a new anxiety that you don't deal with until you get there.''
On Ampaipitakwong: ''He is just a big-game player. It doesn't surprise me. He always seems to turn it up a notch in the biggest games. The free kick was tremendous. He got the guy leaning toward his left and went against the grain and whipped it back. Special players make those types of plays to win games, especially in the NCAA Tournament.''
''I thought we defended very well. Coming into the game, we wanted to disrupt their rhythm with pressure. I thought we were able to stop a very explosive, attacking team. South Florida likes to keep possession of the ball and control the game, but we were able to prevent them from doing that tonight.''
On the groin injury to Zips sophomore midfielder Michael Nanchoff: ''We don't know how he is going to be … as much as we miss Mikey, losing one player will not change the way this team plays. I think we proved that tonight. We will continue to hope he is healthy and see where he is at. We have a week.''
On Ampaipitakwong'a play this season: ''He was hurt for the first two years of his [collegiate] career. He finally got healthy this year after he got surgery over the summer. The first two years he couldn't even shoot that [second goal] because he had a sports hernia and he had a groin pull. We are starting to see just how special this kid is now that he is finally healthy. He is capable of doing that. I am real proud of him.''
''Ampai scored two brilliant goals. With this team, it is always different guys that are scoring the goals. I know Teal has the lion's share of the goals, but the last several games it was Darlington, before that it was Teal, before that it was Ampai.''
Anthony Ampaipitakwong
On beating USF: ''It feels great. It was two years ago. We don't think about that. This is a totally different season from anything we have ever had. We joked around about it as a team. It was kind of like revenge, but this is a whole new year and we are focused.''
On the first goal: ''It was a moment I had to take. I stepped up, saw the goalie cheated a little bit to one side, so I hit it back post and it went in.''
Notes
-- Ampaipitakwong and junior midfielder Blair Gavin are the only Zips who started in Sunday's game and in the 2007 game against South Florida.
-- Ampaipitakwong gave the Zips a 1-0 lead from 23 yards away off of a direct free kick in the 25th minute and extended the Zips' lead to 2-0 from 22 yards away in the 33rd minute. He right-footed both shots into the net.
-- UA shut out its 15th opponent of the season, which ties a school record that the 2005 team set. Zips freshman goalkeeper David Meves was credited with his 13th shutout. Sophomore Kofi Sarkodie, junior Chris Korb and freshmen Zarek Valentin and Chad Barson were the Zips' starting defenders the quartet each played all 90 minutes.
-- Gavin and senior Ben Zemanski were steady at midfield for UA.
-- UA sophomore midfielder Michael Nanchoff started and played 21 minutes before leaving the game with a groin injury. He was icing his groin area during the game near the bench and did not return. Freshmen Scott Caldwell, Ben Speas and Yoram Mwila played in Nanchoff's absence.
-- The two goals put Ampaipitakwong third for UA, behind sophomore forwards Teal Bunbury (16 goals) and sophomore forward Darlington Nagbe (10 goals).
-- UA tied the 1988 Portland and 2001 Southern Methodist teams for the second-longest single-season winning streak in NCAA history at 21 games. Indiana holds the record at 23 consecutive wins without a loss or tie. The Hoosiers did that in 1997 and UA coach Caleb Porter was a starting midfielder on that IU team. Tha team lost in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
-- The Zips are four wins shy of becoming the first team in 35 years to win a national championship with a perfect record. Howard was the last team to accomplish the feat when it went 19-0-0 in 1974. Howard is one of six teams to do it.
Four wins shy of national title
UA is four wins away from winning the national title in Cary, North Carolina.
There were 16 teams seeded and each received a bye in the first round. Eight lost in the second round.
The third round matchups: Akron vs. Stanford, Northwestern vs. Tulsa, North Carolina vs. Indiana, Boston College vs. Drake, Wake Forest vs. Duke, UC Santa Barbara vs. UCLA, Maryland vs. Harvard and Portland vs. Virginia. 
Seeded teams that lost: Ohio State, Penn State, San Diego, Butler, St. John's (N.Y.), Michigan State, North Carolina State and UC Irvine.
The College Cup (Final Four) will be played at WakeMed Soccer Park. The semifinal is Dec. 11 and the final is Dec. 13.

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