They did it! Zips win first national championship


The University of Akron men's soccer team captured the school's first team national championship on Sunday, using a late goal to defeat Louisville 1-0 at Harder Stadium in the NCAA College Cup.

The third-seeded Zips closed out their historic season with a 22-1-2 record, while the top-seeded Cardinals suffered their only loss of the year, finishing 20-1-3.

Akron, which was appearing in the national championship game for the second time in as many seasons, broke a scoreless tie in the 79th minute with a corner kick goal by Scott Caldwell. Anthony Ampaipitakwong provided service from the left side of the field. After a volley, Caldwell had his first shot deflected off a wall of defenders. But the sophomore collected the rebound and sent the ball into the upper right-hand corner of the net from 15 yards.

Lousiville, playing in its first national title contest, threatened to punch in the equalizer with a flurry of attempts in the final 1:30 of regulation. One shot was blocked by UA defender Chad Barson and Zips' goalkeeper David Meves stood strong as the final seconds ticked away and the celebration began.

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The Zips celebrate with the national trophy after beating Louisville, 1-0, in the College Cup final.