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Akron Zips soccer: Men's team earns top ranking in three national polls

By George Thomas Published: August 30, 2016

That would be the University of Akron men’s soccer team with a bigger target on its back, thank you.

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Wins against No. 7 Georgetown and No. 9 Seattle propelled UA to the top of three polls, according to a release from the UA department of athletics.

National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), College Soccer News and Soccer America currently have the Zips as the top-rated team in the country.  TopDrawerSoccer.com puts them at No. 3.

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U Akron men’s basketball sets dates with Gonzaga & Creighton

By Michael Beaven Published: August 25, 2016

The University of Akron men’s basketball team announced its 13-game non-conference schedule for the 2016-2017 season. The schedule features schools from 12 different conferences, highlighted by five teams that won 19 or more games last season.

“Our non-conference schedule is balanced,” UA coach Keith Dambrot said. “It will help us prepare for league play and has the opportunity to create a strong resume for March.”

The UA schedule features games against Gonzaga and Creighton, and an appearance in the second-annual Coaches vs. Cancer event on Nov. 12 against host Youngstown State YSU. The Zips and Penguins will play in the second game of a doubleheader, following the opening matchup between Cleveland State and Kent State.

“The Coaches vs. Cancer event is a special event for our program,” Dambrot said. “Not only is it a great night of basketball and a great opportunity to increase cancer awareness, but it is another chance to celebrate the legacy of Coach Dan Peters for his time at Youngstown and Akron. He was a great coach and a dear friend.”

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Soccer America tabs University of Akron as No. 1 in nation in men’s soccer poll

By Michael Beaven Published: August 25, 2016

The University of Akron will open its 2016 men’s soccer season Friday as the No. 1 ranked team in the country in the Soccer America Top 25 poll, which was released Thursday.

Stanford, UCLA, Maryland and North Carolina round out the top five in the poll.

The Zips enter the 2016 season also ranked second nationally in the NSCAA and College Soccer Newspolls and third in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll. UA hosts Georgetown at 7:30 p.m. Friday at FirstEnergy Stadium–Cub Cadet Field and then will host Seattle on at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Akron Classic.

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Akron Zips football training camp (scrimmage): Aug. 13

By George Thomas Published: August 13, 2016

Breaking it down (keep in mind these are stats I compiled during the course of the scrimmage):

Quarterbacks:  Thomas Woodson hit on 6-of-12 passes and about 107 yards led his version of the offense to a couple of scores.  First week of practice, it’s no one is going to be particularly sharp, but the confidence is palpable.  Chapman connected on 6-of-16 for about 133 yards, including a 75-yard textbook bomb.  As for Nelson, he connected on 5-of-17 passes for about 70 yards. Looking at him, it’s not difficult to see what the coaching staff does.  He has the potential to wreak havoc in the conference in the future.

Running backs: I could see this battle playing out much of the fall because Edwards isn’t giving ground to Ball.  Ball rushed for a respectable 44 yards on six carries and reeled off a couple of runs that displayed his speed, patience and power.  Edwards produced 50 yards on five carries and displayed a significant speed and surprising power.

Generally speaking:

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