Akron and Maryland moved into Sunday's Men's College Cup final with impressive wins over Michigan State (5-1) and Indiana (2-0), respectively.
Five different players scored for Akron,
which has won nine games in a row. It's just the fourth unseeded team to reach the College Cup final since the tournament expanded to 48 teams in 2001 after Stanford (2002), UC Santa Barbara (2006)
and Charlotte (2014). David Egbo
put the Zips in front in the 16th minute when he put away a rebound of Morgan Hackworth
's header off the crossbar, and Colin Biros
found fellow freshman Carlo Ritaccio
for the second goal in the 32nd minute. Between the two goals, Michigan State had a flurry of chances, though, but was denied by German keeper Ben
twice and then by Akron defender Abdi Mohamed
with a clearance off the line. The rout was on after Skye Harter
, a walk-on, put the game away when he scored on a free kick from
35 yards out in the 53rn minute.
Dec. 7 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Akron 5 Michigan State 1
. Goals: Egbo
(Hackworth, Harter) 16, Ritaccio (Biros) 32, Harter 53, Zajac 65, Petno (Oliveira 85); Nielsen (Beck) 79. Akron --
Lundt, Ritaccio, Milanese, Strachan, Mohamed, Harter, Hackworth, Biros,
Tojaga, Egbo, Zajac. Subs: Hernandez, Kahsay, Micaletto, Petno, Korb, Nikolic, Lue Young, Oliveira, Watters. Michigan State --
Hague, Nielsen, Freitag, Corrigan, Wetungu, Beck, Pimlott,
G.Barone, Jones, H.Barone, Sierakowski. Subs: Mutatu, Cort, Miller, Sweatte, Perkins, Menne.
Maryland got goals from sub Matt Di Rosa
and giant defender Donovan Pines
upset No. 2 seed Indiana. Both goals were set up by Eli Crognale
, the first off a corner kick, the second a free kick. The Terrapins have now won all four games in the NCAA Tournament by
shutout. Dec. 7 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Maryland 2 Indiana
0. Goals: M. Di Rosa (Crognale) 37,
Pines (Crognale) 79. Maryland --
St. Clair, Pines, Bergmann, B. Di Rosa, Gasper, Sejdic, Samuels, Bin, Crognale, Herve, Elney. Subs: Reeves, Matzelevich, M. Di Rosa. Indiana
Muse, Mehl, Maher, Gutman, Buckmaster, Swartz, Moore, Panchot, Dorsey, Gutjahr, Rennicks. Subs: Palazzolo, Thomas, Moore, Glass.