Courtesy of Akron Sports Information Department
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron men's soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.
The Zips (15-1-2, 7-0-0 Mid-American Conference), who have been ranked in the top three spots for the last month and the Top 10 all season, have won their last 12 matches and are unbeaten in their last 13. UA has now earned the nation's top ranking in three (2009, '10, '12) of the last four seasons.
Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News announced Akron as their top-ranked team Monday. Rounding out the NSCAA's Top 5 are No. 2 Maryland (14-1-2), No. 3 North Carolina (14-2-1), No. 4 Georgetown (16-2-1) and No. 5 UCLA (12-2-3).
The Zips will begin postseason play at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field this weekend as the 2012 MAC regular-season champion and No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. UA will face No. 4 seed Bowling Green Friday night in the second semifinal of the day, starting at 7:30 p.m. No. 2 Northern Illinois will play No. 3 West Virginia in the first semifinal at 4 p.m. The two winners will meet in the MAC Championship Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets for the MAC Tournament are on sale now and can be purchased on-line at GoZips.com/Tickets, on the phone by calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or by visiting the C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field (located at the southwest corner of the venue, near Gate 1, at the corner of East Exchange and South Union streets).