From a UA Athletic Department release: On the eve of its first practice, The University of Akron men's soccer team is ranked No. 8 in the country, according to a preseason poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Tuesday.
Defending NCAA champion Indiana will begin the 2013 campaign where it finished the previous season – at No. 1 – while Maryland, Georgetown, North Carolina and Connecticut round of the nation's top five programs. VCU, which will visit FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field on Sept. 13 as part of The University of Akron Tournament, comes in at No. 24.
Tuesday marked the first full day of team activities for the Zips, who swept Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2012. Akron will officially hit the field for the first time Wednesday for the first of eight, two-a-day practices leading up to its season-opening weekend at the College of Charleston Tournament from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Fans will have two opportunities to see the Zips in action before that happens however. Akron will host an open-to-the-public, intrasquad scrimmage this Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field, then welcome Marshall for its first of two exhibition matches next Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. ET. There is no charge for the intrasquad scrimmage while the exhibition match is a ticketed event.