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Akron Zips fans can take pictures with Famous Idaho Potato Bowl trophy

By George Thomas Published: January 8, 2016

From a UA athletics department news release:

Zips' fans will have two opportunities at upcoming men's basketball games to view and take photos with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl trophy.

The first opportunity is Friday, Jan. 8, when the Zips take on Western Michigan at 7 p.m. Additionally, fans can take photos with the trophy on Tuesday, Jan. 19, prior to the game with Eastern Michigan. Both games will be played at James A. Rhodes Arena.

The trophy will be on display on the upper level in the Northwest corner of the arena, near the student section.

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Stanford ousts UA 8-7 on penalty kicks in NCAA soccer semifinals

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 12, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.: For what seemed like an interminable time, Nate Shultz sat at midfield, a coach watching over him as he agonized over a blocked penalty kick that ended the University of Akron's NCAA tournament run one game shy of the championship.

The sophomore forward from Mayfield was overcome by the weight of a fleeting few seconds. Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Epstein stopped Shultz's ball just after the Cardinal's Corey Baird chipped one over the head of Zips goalie Jake Fenlason to eliminate UA 8-7 after 10 rounds of penalty kicks.

Fourth-seeded UA (18-3-3) and eighth-seeded Stanford (17-2-3) had played to a scoreless draw after two overtimes in their semifinal match Friday night at Sporting Park.

At stake was a spot in Sunday's title game against second-seeded Clemson, which ousted sixth-seeded Syracuse 4-1 on penalty kicks after another scoreless draw.

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Soccer's Adam Najem named second-team All-America, Richie Laryea third team

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 11, 2015

University of Akron junior Adam Najem was selected second-team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association and sophomore Richie Laryea was named to the third team.

The pair learned of their honor along with other Final Four participants Thursday night at the College Cup banquet in Kansas City. The full teams were announced Friday.

It is the first such selection for both. Najem and Laryea brought the Zips' total selected to 55 in program history.

A native of Clifton, N.J., Najem leads UA in assists (11), points (31), shots (68), shots on goal (31) and game-winners (4) and is second in goals (10). Laryea leads the team in goals (11) and stands second in assists (7), points (29), shots (58), shots on goal (26) and game-winners (3).

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UA, Stanford square off at 8:30 p.m. Friday in NCAA soccer semifinals

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 6, 2015

The fourth-seeded University of Akron men's soccer team will face eighth-seeded Stanford at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday in the College Cup semifinals at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

The game will be televised by ESPNU.

The Zips (18-3-2) advanced with a 3-2 double-overtime home victory over 12th-seeded Creighton Saturday.

"It was an amazing feeling," UA  junior midfielder Adam Najem said after scoring the golden goal on a free kick in the 102nd minute. "This has been our goal the whole season. It hasn't even hit me yet, but once it does I know it's going to be a great feeling that we're going to the College Cup and hopefully bring one back to Akron."

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