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Porter confident No. 1 Zips can win NCAA title

By Michael Beaven Published: October 23, 2009

The University of Akron men’s soccer plays their final away game of the regular season at Buffalo tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Here some comments from UA coach Caleb Porter after the Zips, the No. 1 team in the country in all five national polls, defeated host Michigan 5-1 this past Tuesday:
on the win over Michigan: “Obviously we are pleased that we were able to get a result against a talented team that is battled tested. We knew it would be a little more open game. We have not played a lot of teams that have played toe-to-toe with us. A lot of teams we have played sit back and don't come at us. I was excited to play a team that would come out at us. I thought we rose to the challenge and our attacking unit was electric.”
on sophomore Darlington Nagbe, who scored three goals and had one assist against Michigan: “With Darlington, there is no secret. If you are in our training sessions or watch us play consistently you see that he is one of the best players in the country, hands down. He is capable of scoring a lot of goals.”
On Nagbe and sophomore Teal Bunbury at the forward positions: “Teal and Darlington are such a handful up top with their speed and skill.”
On the perfect 14-0-0 record and what lies ahead: “I think we are still just scratching the surface. I think the best of us is still to come. We have four (regular season) games to get better and then the postseason starts. We need to keep staying focused on the moments. We are really excited to end the season at home with two Big Ten teams (Penn State and Michigan State) and then we play Hartwick (a MAC opponent). The regular season could be decided in that Hartwick game. We need to take care of business and they (Hartwick) need to win out as well.”
 “We want to be peaking at the right time and we want to enter the postseason at our best and make a run at the national championship.”
 “We kind of control our own destiny ... if we take care of business we should be rewarded with a top seed.”
Additional Notes:
-- The MAC school with the best regular season league record is the No. 1 seed and will host the MAC Tournament. UA has hosted the MAC Tournament in four out of the past five seasons and have won the title each of those four seasons at Lee Jackson Field, including 2007 and 2008.
-- The top four seeds in the NCAA Tournament get a first round bye and then could possibly have three home games prior to reaching the College Cup, which the final four teams participate in.
-- UA is 5-0 at home with victories over Indiana, Saint Louis, Bowling Green, Ohio State and Northern Illinois.
-- UA is 9-0 away from home with triumphs over Southern Methodist, Tulsa, High Point, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Illinois-Chicago, Western Michigan, Virginia Tech and Michigan.

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