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Akron atop both NCAA men's rankings

The Akron Zips, national runners-up last year, are the unanimous No. 1 choice (all 21 first-place votes) in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll this week:

1. Akron (2-0-0); 2. Virginia (2-0-0); 3. Tulsa (2-0-0); 4. North Carolina (1-1-0); 5. Boston College (2-0-0); 6. Harvard (2-0-0); 7. Monmouth (2-0-0); 8. Duke (1-0-1); 9. Maryland (1-1-0); 10. Connecticut (2-0-0); 11. Ohio State (2-0-0); 12. Wake Forest (0-1-1); 13. Louisville (1-0-1); 14. UC Irvine (3-0-0); 15. Penn State (2-0-0); 16. Portland (1-0-1); 17. UCLA (1-1-0); 18. Indiana (1-1-0); 19. California (1-0-1); 20. Georgetown (2-0-0); 21. UC Santa Barbara (0-1-1); 22. Drake (1-1-0); 23. Michigan State (1-1-0); 24. Creighton (2-0-0); 25. St. John's (1-1-0).

The Zips are also first in the Soccer America rankings, chosen by the magazine's writers and editors:

1. Akron; 2. Virginia; 3. North Carolina; 4. Tulsa; 5. Boston College; 6. Connecticut; 7. Duke; 8. Monmouth; 9. Ohio State; 10. Penn State; 11. Louisville; 12. Maryland; 13. UC Santa Barbara; 14. Wake Forest; 15. Harvard; 16. Georgetown; 17. Michigan State; 18. Portland; 19. California; 20. Cal State Bakersfield; 21. Indiana; 22. New Mexico; 23. UCLA; 24. St. John's; 25. UC Irvine.

Upcoming matches for the Washington area teams.....

Virginia: at Duke on Saturday.
Maryland: at Boston College on Friday.
Georgetown: at New Mexico on Friday.

By Steve Goff  |  September 8, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags: NCAA soccer  
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Comments

GO ZIPS!!!

Posted by: kasdc | September 8, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I have to see this team play sometime...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 8, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Z...I....P....S! Zips Zips Zips!

Posted by: boggle76 | September 8, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Ah, some brilliant questions about obscure players being asked, elsewhere...such as why has Bob Bradley ignored Lee Nguyen?

Posted by: Reignking | September 8, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Zip Fever!! They are a great College Soccer Team to watch play. The Zips play the game the right way.... Total Futbol

Go Zips!!

Posted by: Zipfutbol | September 8, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

College Soccer!?! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

;)

Posted by: DadRyan | September 8, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

College Soccer!?! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

;)
Posted by: DadRyan |

Getting Cut is always hard; did you not make the ol' college soccer team? Just let it all go - no shame and it was a long, long, long time ago for you brother... how is your NFL fantasy league team coming along!

Posted by: Zipfutbol | September 8, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Easy there, Zipster. DadRyan was just joking around...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 8, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

DadRayan: I still feel the same way re: College Soccer, zzzzzzzzz :-)

But Akron is a different level than most of the college soccer out there. They are tactically superior to every team at that level. Most college soccer is like watching robots running around at 100mph and hearing their coaches yelling out instructions. Sure they may not have the best individually gifted (skilled or physical size) but they make up for it
in superior tactical awareness.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | September 8, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I would have stayed at Akron instead of coming to DC United too

Posted by: grubbsbl | September 8, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Most college soccer is like watching robots running around at 100mph and hearing their coaches yelling out instructions.
Posted by: Charisma_Man
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Great! I'll tell my U9 boys that they play like a college team.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 8, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

My dream scenario has Akron winning it all this year.

1) Porter will then have closure, having finished what he started last year.

2) A revamped DCU organization (translation: Kasper on the unemployment line) will look like the next logical career step for Porter rather than a black hole like it is now.

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | September 8, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Akron is good but don't overlook UVA. They are playing some of the best soccer I have ever seen them play. UVA could very well repeat as champion.

Posted by: Ron16 | September 8, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The only thing worse than college soccer?

Women's college soccer!

Posted by: JPO2200 | September 8, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Frank Deford, is that you?! You silly old man. Go have another drink!

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 8, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

LOL Zip. Guess what I used to call guys like you in high school...
http://tiny.cc/xduul
next time when you see the winking emoticon you might try to pull the jock strap off your head, let the fumes dissipate, and google "sense of humor".

Posted by: DadRyan | September 8, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

The only thing worse than college soccer?

Women's college soccer!

Posted by: JPO2200 | September 8, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah nothing is worse than watching a bunch of cute fit tan girls pulling hair and throwing elbows while playing your favorite sport.

Of all the women's college sports I'll put tennis as #1 and soccer as #2

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 8, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I watched the Zips in the playoffs last year. They were good, although the final was a snoozer!

I really like that they're the "Zips"; quick, lethal and terrifying at the same time. :-)

I'd be willing to bet that they could beat DCU in a 3 game series.

Posted by: ericruenes | September 8, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I watched the Zips in the playoffs last year. They were good, although the final was a snoozer!

I really like that they're the "Zips"; quick, lethal and terrifying at the same time. :-)

I'd be willing to bet that they could beat DCU in a 3 game series.

Posted by: ericruenes | September 8, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

The top programs in both mens and womens college soccer can play some nice futbol. I agree with the posters here who said Akron played last year at a pretty high level (I haven't seen them play this year but hear they are as good or better). UVA, as I said, this year is playing some pretty nice soccer. Definitely worth a Friday nite drive down to Charlottesville to take in a game.

Last season on the womens side Stanford played some very nice creative, attacking soccer.

Posted by: Ron16 | September 8, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Agree with everyones posts on the Zips, great coach and players. Where is the love from the post, Georgetown put it on Michigan State Sunday. They played a very good match.

Posted by: muller1983 | September 8, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah nothing is worse than watching a bunch of cute fit tan girls pulling hair and throwing elbows while playing your favorite sport.
Posted by: Southeasterner
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You're such a misogynist, but it does bring a new meaning to "The Beautiful Game." The Big 10 network shows a lot of women's soccer. I'll bring the beer and we can watch, y'know for the technical and strategic aspects.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

that's why I used to haunt the Algarve Cup matches...to show my kids the strategic game elements. hugs from the players didn't factor in at all.

Posted by: troy6 | September 9, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

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