Men's College Cup: Akron and Maryland move into final

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 Lundt 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 to 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.

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