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Akron captures first national championship
by Paul Kennedy, December 12th, 2010 7:21PM

TAGS:  college men


[MEN'S COLLEGE CUP] Scott Caldwell's goal in the 79th minute gave Akron a 1-0 win over previously unbeaten Louisville for its first national title.

The Zips, who had finished second in 1986 and 2009, survived a wild finish during which goalie Scott Meves and defender Chad Barson were called up to make desperation saves.

Akron and Louisville put on an exciting second half. The Zips' pressure finally paid off when Caldwell blasted a shot over goalie Andre Boudreaux and under the crossbar after his first attempt was blocked following a failed clearance of an Akron corner kick.

Louisville, which had the best chance of the first half when Charlie Campbell had his header deflected by Chris Korb and ricochet off the post in the 8th minute, surged forward for one final charge in the last 90 seconds during which there was only one way to describe Akron's response: panic.

The best chance came to Aaron Horton, hero of the last two Cardinal wins with last-minute goals. Open in front of the net with Akron keeper Scott Meves out of the way, Horton hit a shot that Barson cleared away with a desperate lunge.

Akron finished the game with 19-15 shot advantage and a 9-4 corner kick advantage.

Dec. 12 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Akron 1 Louisville 0. Goals: Caldwell (unassisted) 79.
Akron -- Meves, Sarkodie, Barson, Korb, Valentin, Kitchen, Nanchoff, Ampaipitakwong, Caldwell, Mattocks, Nagbe. Subs: Speas.
Louisville -- Boudreaux, Rodgers, Granger, Murray, Berry, Campbell, DelPiccolo, Farrell, DeLeon, Mares, Rolfe. Subs: Smith, Tufty, Horton, Lipka, Walker.
Referee: Chico Grajeda.
Att.: 9,672.

  1. nick p
    commented on: December 12, 2010 at 9:28 p.m.
    Caleb Porter attended Indiana University where he played on the men’s soccer team from 1994 to 1997. He graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor's degree in sports management. In February 1998, the San Jose Clash selected Porter with the 3rd round (27th overall) in the 1998 MLS College Draft. He played no games with the Clash in 1998 and only four in 1999. The Clash sent him on loan with the Sacramento Geckos of the A-League After playing four games for the Clash in 1999, the team waived him in June and he was immediately signed by the Tampa Bay Mutiny. He suffered from several knee injuries and had arthroscopic surgery on both knees during the off season. He retired on June 30, 2000 After Ken Lolla left the University of Akron in December 2005, the Zips hired Porter as head soccer coach. After taking the Zips to two consecutive Mid-American Conference titles, and being named the 2007 MAC Coach of the Year, Porter signed a two year contract extension in June 2008. Following Akron's near-perfect season of 2009, Porter was rumored to be in talks with Major League Soccer club DC United about their vacant head coaching position.
  1. Carl Hudson
    commented on: December 13, 2010 at 9:55 a.m.
    Akron did not play as well as they did against Michigan. They were reluctant to shoot from the outside, instead they looked for "another pass" which usually failed. Their goalkeeper, and defending backs helping the keeper on the line, won this game for them. If Akron would play the way they played against Michigan, I believe they could beat half the teams in Barclay's Premier league, and probably Serie A. I have no doubt they could beat the USA National team.
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: December 13, 2010 at 1:59 p.m.
    Based on Caleb Porter's comments I think that the Zips weren't "reluctant to shoot" they were following the game plan and playing like Barcelona. Porter's comment: ----"Our goal was to stay on the ball as much as possible," said Porters. "The master of the game is the one who stays on the ball. Going into the second half, our No. 1 priority was to stay on the ball, make then defend and be patient. We knew it would eventually come, finding a goal. We gained more and more life, spirit and energy and Scottie found the goal. In the end, it got a little hectic and that's the way it happens in soccer." -------If we are going to play the beautiful game we need to learn patience, players and fans alike.
  1. Ken Sweda
    commented on: December 13, 2010 at 5:02 p.m.
    Great victory for Akron and for insightful, skill-based soccer. I hope this formula gets stolen and spreads throughout the country to reverse the tide of dumbed-down American-style collge soccer. And lets hope the six or eight female college soccer players who actually watch soccer saw this game.

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