Akron Men's Soccer 2012 NCAA Tournament Capsule

Akron Zips
Mid-American Conference


Akron has continued to stay towards the top of the rankings since winning the championship in 2010 and they don’t show any signs of slowing down, at least they didn’t this season. Aside from a bog in September which contributed to their only loss to Notre Dame, Akron climbed the ladder to the number 1 spot.

2012 Record: 17-1-2, 7-0-0
Coach: Caleb Porter

Good Results: 9/7 vs Indiana (1-0), 10/10 at Penn State (2-0), 10/20 West Virginia (2-1)
Bad Results: 8/31 at Creighton (1-1), 9/9 at Notre Dame (1-3), 9/14 St. John’s (0-0)

Why They Can Surprise:
Akron’s offense wasn’t necessarily a surprise with Scott Caldwell and Reinaldo Brenes tag teaming in the midfielder spots and scoring a combined 19 goals between them. It’s hard for teams like Akron to continue to surprise in the postseason, but they are like magicians, always hiding something behind their back. With the NCAA tournament on the horizon and new opponents to face, they may be an underdog in a match even after being ranked number one or two for much of the regular season. Zip fans expected a great regular season but no one can predict how things will go in the postseason. Keeper David Meves, with 48 saves and only 6 goals allowed, along with the defense, can make that trip a success and continue the surprise all the way south to Alabama.

Why They Can Disappoint:
Not since that slow week in September, when the Zips lost to Notre Dame followed by a tie to St. John’s, has Akron had anything that would resemble an upset. Akron is yet another team that has little chance to disappoint anyone unless, of course, they suffer early round knockouts in the NCAA tournaments. But that is unlikely as well, given that they are one of the top teams in the nation. The NCAA tournament will pose a threat matching Akron against teams from other conferences that can send Akron home with their heads hung low.

Key Strikers:
Alfred Koroma, Freshman, 3 goals, 2 assists

Key Midfielders:
Scott Caldwell, Senior, 9 goals, 10 assists
Reinaldo Brenes, Junior, 10 goals, 2 assists
Eric Stevenson, Junior, 6 goals, 5 assists
Dillon Serna, Freshman, 2 goals, 8 assists
Aodhan Quinn, Junior, 4 goals, 2 assists
Will Trapp, Sophomore, 1 goal, 2 assists

Key Defenders:
DeAndre Yedlin, Sophomore, 0 goals, 6 assists
Chad Barson, Senior, 2 goals, 0 assists
Bryan Gallego, Sophomore, 1 goal, 1 assist

Key Goalkeepers:
David Meves, Senior, 0.29 goals against average, .889 save percentage, 16 shutouts

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 2.17 (12th in nation, 1st in conference)
Goals-Against Average: 0.33 (2, 1)
Shutout Percentage: 0.78 (1, 1)
Save Percentage: 0.889 (3, 1)

2013 MLS Draft Prospects:
#8 Scott Caldwell
#19 Aodhan Quinn
#32 Bryan Gallego
#33 DeAndre Yedlin
#38 Alfredo Koroma
#45 Will Trapp
#51 Andrew Souders
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Recent Postseason Appearances:
Akron    2011    First Round         Defeated Northwestern
Akron    2011    Second Round    Defeated SMU
Akron    2011    Third Round        Lost to Charlotte
Akron    2010    Second Round    Defeated West Virginia
Akron    2010    Third Round        Defeated Indiana
Akron    2010    Quarterfinals        Defeated California
Akron    2010    National Semifinals    Defeated Michigan
Akron    2010    National Finals    Defeated Louisville
Akron    2009    Second Round    Defeated South Florida
Akron    2009    Third Round        Defeated Stanford
Akron    2009    Quarterfinals        Defeated Tulsa
Akron    2009    National Semifinals    Defeated North Carolina
Akron    2009    National Finals    Lost to Virginia
Akron    2008    Second Round    Defeated Ohio State
Akron    2008    Third Round        Lost to Northwestern
Akron    2007    Second Round    Lost to South Florida
Akron    2005    Second Round    Defeated West Virginia
Akron    2005    Third Round        Defeated Connecticut
Akron    2005    Quarterfinals        Lost to Maryland
Akron    2004    First Round         Lost to Michigan
Akron    2003    Second Round    Defeated Rutgers
Akron    2003    Third Round        Lost to Maryland

*all team stats through 11/4


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