Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
North Carolina stands in way of Akron's quest
by Paul Kennedy, December 11th, 2009 8:45AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  college men

MOST COMMENTED

[MEN'S COLLEGE CUP] Top-ranked Akron, two games away from becoming the first team in 35 years to go undefeated and untied, meets North Carolina in the semifinals of the Men's College Cup Friday in Cary, N.C. (TV: ESPNU, live, 5:30 pm ET; ESPN2, delay, Saturday, 11 am ET). The Tar Heels, who began the season as the No. 1 team in the Soccer America Preseason Top 25, are formidable foes. In last year's semifinals, UNC knocked off favored Wake Forest, which was picked to repeat as national champion.

Akron coach Caleb Porter, rumored to be headed to MLS's D.C. United after the college season ends, has built one of the most talented teams in recent college soccer history. If they stay together, the Zips should be even tougher in 2010. Only one starter is a senior.

Key Players
Anthony Ampaipitakwong. The midfielder was one of the first players Porter recruited to Akron and he has not disappointed. He was an All-American as a sophomore and is a Hermann Trophy semifinalist as a junior. In the 2009 NCAA Tournament, he has scored three goals from long distance -- two on free kicks.

Alex Dixon. Normally No. 3, Dixon will wear No. 17 at the College Cup after his usual jersey disappeared following the regular-season finale at Clemson. He has scored in three straight games wearing No. 17. Like Ampaipitakwong, Dixon hails from Texas and spent time in the U.S. U-17 residency program.

Akron Probable Lineup
Goalkeeper

24 David Meves, FR. Arlington Heights, Ill.
Defenders
2 Zarek Valentin, FR. Lancaster, Pa.
3 Chad Barson, FR. Lewis Center, Ohio
4 Kofi Sarkodie, SOPH. Huber Heights, Ohio
16 Chris Korb, Jr. Gates Mills, Ohio
Midfielders
7 Blair Gavin, JR. Louisville, Ky.
9 Michael Nanchoff, SOPH. North Royalton, Ohio
10 Anthony Ampaipitakwong, JR. Carrollton, Texas
13 Ben Zemanski, SR. Akron, Ohio
Forwards
6 Darlington Nagbe, SOPH. Lakewood, Ohio
12 Teal Bunbury, SOPH. Prior Lake, Minn.


North Carolina Probable Lineup
Goalkeeper

1 Brooks Haggerty, SR. Cary, N.C.
Defenders
4 Brett King, SOPH. Wilmington, N.C.
5 Zach Loyd, SR. Verdigris, Okla.
14 Jordan Graye, SR. Washington, D.C.
23 Drew McKinney, SR. Cary, N.C.
Midfielders
7 Dustin McCarty, JR. Maitland, Fla.
15 Cameron Brown, JR. Garland, Texas
18 Kirk Urso, SOPH. Lombard, Ill.
19 Michael Farfan, JR. Wildomar, Calif.
Forwards
2 Bill Dworsky, JR. Huntsville, Ala.
17 Alex Dixon, SOPH. Humble, Texas



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Video Pick: Gameock Torda hits a golazo    
South Carolina senior Jeffrey Torda's winning goal in the Gamecocks' 4-2 victory over Georgia Southern made ...
Brown's Pincince plans to retire after 39 years    
Phil Pincince, the NCAA's longest-standing women's soccer coach, has announced that he will retire as Brown's ...
Men's Week 2: Five games to follow this weekend    
A bicoastal matchup of national powerhouses, Maryland-UCLA, and one of the great in-state rivalry matches, Clemson-South ...
Monday: BYU makes it three in a row, all shutouts    
No. 8 BYU made it three wins in three games, all by shutouts, as it beat ...
POTW: Diniz, Wyatt takes NSCAA honors    
Stetson senior midfielder Lucas Diniz and DePaul senior forward Elise Wyatt were named the NSCAA College ...
Monday: Morris gets first goal, Cardinal beats Cardinals    
Jordan Morris, who was not called up for the U.S. senior national team or under-23 team ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25    
UCLA and Virginia, last year's Men's College Cup finalists, remained 1-2 in the weekly Soccer America ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
Virginia is the new No. 1 in the weekly Soccer America Women's Top 25 rankings. Preseason ...
Women's Week 2: Three things we learned this weekend    
No. 1 Florida State has lost just two games the last two seasons -- both to ...
Men's Week 1: Three things we learned this weekend    
The 2015 men's college season opened this weekend. No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Virginia both ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives