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Zips crushed by UCSB, refs

By mrasor Published: August 26, 2006

Men's soccer

Akron lost its season opener to UC-Santa Barbara 5-0 Friday.

UCSB took an early 2-0 lead and relied on referee incompetence to increase the margin.

The refs allowed a Zips player to lay on the ground in pain for a minute after a tackle, but gladly stopped the game for a penalty on Akron in the box.

Coach Caleb Porter got a red card after screaming about this. That means he can't coach today's game against Davidson.

This loss basically takes Akron out of contention for another No. 1 ranking. Why does that matter? Well, the Zips need to garner national respect again if they are to improve on last year's NCAA Tournament seeding/screw job.

Women's soccer

The women beat The Citadel 4-0 in the opening round of the Caroline Pardee Invitational

Jacque Pitchford, Jessica Fix, Donna Swift and Amee Thompson scored for the Zips. They will play New Mexico in the final 2:30 p.m. today at Lee Jackson Field.


Despite struggling offensively, Akron nearly tied its match against Indiana at one game apiece.

Then the Zips lost the last four points of the second game. Indiana won the match 3-0.

Akron senior Kim Horn had a match-high 18 digs. Zips freshman Abby Varterasian led both teams with 27 assists.


Here's another reminder to join the Buchtelite's College Pick'em league on

If you don't have a Yahoo account, it takes a couple minutes to sign up. Then you click this link to join the Pick'em private league. The league ID number is 14831. The password is beatkent.

Many of the Buchtelite's sportswriters have signed up already. So when you call us idiots, you have ammunition.

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