Tulsa to Take On #1 Akron in NCAA Men's Soccer Quarterfinals
Dec. 3, 2009
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa's seventh-ranked and eighth-seeded men's soccer team will take to the road for the first time in the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship to take on top-ranked and top-seeded Akron in the quarterfinals. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. CST at Lee Jackson Field in Ohio.
TU (15-4-2) advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over #5 Northwestern and a 4-3 overtime victory over 23rd-ranked Saint Louis, while the Zips (22-0) topped #13 Stanford and #11 South Florida both with 2-0 scores.
This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season and third in school history. Akron has a 2-0 advantage in the series with a 1-0 win earlier this year and a 3-0 victory in 1993.
"Akron is the best team that I have seen in 15 years as a head coach," Tulsa Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "They are very talented individually and they are very athletic. Not only are they good in possession, but they press the ball very well and work exceptionally hard. It is definitely a challenge for us, but I think we have some familiarity with them after playing them earlier this year. Our team is so different from when we play them then, to where we are today. That certainly give us confidence heading into the match on Saturday."
This is TU's sixth run in the NCAA tournament, with the Golden Hurricane posting a 6-5-1 mark in bracket play. This run ties the farthest Tulsa has advanced in the tournament, as TU also made it to the quarterfinals in 2004.
Sophomore forward Austin Neil is leading the attack this year for Tulsa, scoring 13 goals and earning three assists for 29 points. Ashley McInnes is three points back with nine goals and eight assists, while Jose Parada has nine goals and five assists for 23 points. Kilian Poeschk has registered 17 points with five goals and seven assists, and Hunter Christiansen nets double-digit points with three goals and four assists for 10 points.
Andy Aguilar has logged 1,923 minutes in goal, picked up 85 saves and has notched six shutouts for the Golden Hurricane this season.
Akron has been the team to beat all year, earning the No. 1 spot in the Top Drawer Soccer preseason poll and receiving the top nod in all five polls by Week 3. The Zips lead the nation in scoring with 2.59 goals per game, while TU is second with a 2.33 gpg average.
Teal Bunbury leads the Zips with 39 points off 17 goals and five assists, while Darlington Nagbe has 10 goals and Anthony Ampaipitakwong has scored eight. UA also has six players tallying double-digit points.
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