Akron Takes Down Indiana to Reach Elite Eight

Updated 11/29/2010
Game story courtesy of Akron Athletic Communications

Akron 2, Indiana 1
AKRON, Ohio - Behind a pair of second-half goals, both coming in a two-minute span, the third-seeded University of Akron men's soccer team took down 14th-seeded Indiana, 2-1, Sunday in front of 3,225 fans at Lee R. Jackson Soccer Field to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second straight year.

Overall, it is the fourth time in school history the Zips (20-1-1) have advanced to the Elite Eight round where they will host sixth-seeded California (14-2-3) next Saturday, Dec. 4, starting at 4 p.m. The Golden Bears defeated Brown, 2-0, in their third-round match Sunday.

Leading the charge for UA was freshman striker Darren Mattocks, who played a key part in both Akron goals against the Hoosiers (10-8-2). The Jamaican, who has recorded six goals and two assists in his last four games, scored a goal and assisted another as the Zips continued to climb the NCAA record book.

With the win, Akron pushed its home unbeaten streak to 38 (37-0-1) games, which ironically matches Indiana (1982-85) for the second-longest run in NCAA history. Moreover, UA has now won 27 straight matches at home, dating back to the 2008 season, which matches another Indiana team (1996-99) for the third-longest such streak in NCAA history.

A give-and-go between Mattocks and Michael Nanchoff produced the game's first goal in the 53rd minute. After receiving a pass from Nanchoff amid a cluster of defenders, Mattocks delivered a quick touch pass back to Nanchoff, who slipped the ball past IU goalkeeper Luis Soffner just inside the far post to give the Zips a 1-0 lead.

Then, in a flash, Mattocks made the Hoosiers pay for a mishap just one minute and eight seconds later when he intercepted a short pass from Soffner intended for an Indiana defender and beat the keeper for his team-leading 18th goal of the year.

The Hoosiers cut the lead in half in the 82nd minute when Andy Adlard notched his seventh goal of the campaign but that's as close as they would get. For the game, Akron out-shot Indiana, 12-9, and posted a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half despite Akron doubling up Indiana in shots, 6-3, and producing both of the games' first two scoring opportunities.

Scott Caldwell had the first in the 23rd minute when a combination play left him with a shot from 15 yards. Caldwell skipped a bouncer into the goalie box, but Soffner was there to make the stop. Then, just before the half, Nanchoff lofted a pass to Anthony Ampaipitakwong, who flicked the ball towards the near post with a header that was gobbled up by Soffner.

Akron came out flying in the second half, however, and quickly took command.