Monday, December 7, 2009

When Excellence is Staring You in the Face and You Don't Even Know It


The 2009 University of Akron soccer team has put together one of the most impressive seasons in NCAA history and people in Ohio and even on the Akron campus are just starting to realize it. Instead, the Zips soccer team has been overshadowed by the opening of a new football stadium populated by a football team that has never matched the modern day success of the real footballers.

After beating Tulsa on Saturday, the University of Akron soccer team is headed to the NCAA College Cup to play for the national championship. They currently are 23-0-0 and have tied Indiana University for the longest winning streak in NCAA history. If they win the next two games, the Zips will finish with a perfect record, the first time in over three decades that has been accomplished.

Having watched some of the games this year, I can tell you that this is some of the finest soccer I have ever seen. The Zips are as disciplined and dominating as I have witnessed and every single player has bought into the team concept preached by Coach Caleb Porter. As long as Porter is roaming the sidelines, the Zips soccer program will be top tier. My hope is that Porter will be rewarded with the kind of contract that will keep him in Akron for the long term. His 68-11-7 record over four seasons is no fluke. Hopefully he'll be add one NCAA championship as head coach to his lengthy list of accomplishments.

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