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This is the big one

By mrasor Published: November 23, 2005


Tomorrow morning's Zips game is the most important game of the year. It is against Kent State, the 117th worst team in the nation (out of 119).

The Buchtelite did a nice preview of the game, although it included the same mistake that my blog and the MAC site made. You can read about Charlie Frye and Josh Cribbs' bet on the game or the seniors' last game or the position-by-position breakdown. Once again, the Buchtelite knocked it out of the park. But I may be biased.

If Akron wins, the Zips will play Northern Illinois for the MAC Championship on Thursday, Dec. 1 in Detroit. I'm going, one way or another. I will correspond with you from there (assuming Akron can pull out a win on Turkey Day).

Men's soccer

Akron beat West Virginia today at noon, 5-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Lee Jackson Field. It was a slow, evenly matched game for the first half. Then the Zips said, "Enough of that," and scored four more goals. Once again, Akron's passing and ball control was superior. They almost scored as many goals as the Mountaineers had shots on goal (6).

It turns out West Virginia fans don't like to hear their players being called "inbreds." Oh well. The player deserved it. He was running his mouth all game at the Zips, tried to pick a fight with Yohann Mauger, and then he told the referee that he was "f-ing up the game for him." His name is Andy Wright from Liverpool, England. He is officially my least favorite soccer player.

There was a decent fan turnout, given that it was played at noon on a work day. No. 8 Connecticut (16-3-1) is the next victim on Sunday at 1 p.m. Akron will travel to Storrs, Conn. for this game because the NCAA screwed us over on seeding. Akron is one of 16 teams left in the tourney. The Zips are two wins away from the Final Four. Keep it up, guys.


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