Wolverines Fall One Game Short of NCAA Title Shot, Lose to No. 2 Akron

Dec. 10, 2010


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Site: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Meredith Harder Stadium)
Event: NCAA College Cup Semifinals
Score: #2 Akron 2, #19 Michigan 1
Records: Michigan (17-5-3), Akron (21-1-2)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan men's soccer team ended its historic College Cup run with a 2-1 NCAA semifinal loss to No. 2 Akron on Friday night (Dec. 10) at UC-Santa Barbara's Harder Stadium. Senior forward Justin Meram (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) gave U-M the lead 1:02 in to end the season scoring in nine consecutive games.

Freshman Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) collected four shots, while redshirt junior goalkeeper Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash./Kennedy Memorial) made six saves in the loss. Senior Chase Tennant (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) and Hamoody Saad (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) also tallied shots in the contest.

With the score tied 1-1, Soony Saad had an opportunity to put the Wolverines ahead midway through the second frame. After receiving the ball from brother Hamoody just inside the 18-yard box, Soony fired a hard shot that hit the post and ricocheted back into the box, but nobody could get a foot on it for the score.

Akron tallied the game-winner in the 74th minute of action on a shot taken from a free kick. Kofi Sarkodie got a head on the serve and put the ball just behind the outstretched arms of Blais.

The Wolverines got on the board first with a goal from Meram in just the second minute of action. U-M capitalized on a miscue in the midfield by the Zips. Soony Saad collected the ball and played it to the waiting feet of Meram, who raced up the middle and fired a laser into the left side of the cage to extend his school-record goal streak to nine games, giving the Wolverines the early 1-0 lead.

U-M had a nice opportunity from Hamoody Saad, who picked up the ball a little outside the top of the box and put some air under his shot, but the ball went just over the bar.

Akron then tallied the equalizer in the 33rd minute of action on a goal from Perry Kitchen from distance.

U-M concludes the best season in program history with a 17-5-3 record and its first-ever Big Ten Tournament title and appearance in the national semifinals.


All-Tournament Team

Sophomore Defender, Zarek Valentin, Akron

Junior Midfielder, Darlington Nagbe, Akron

Junior Defender, Kofi Sarkodie, Akron

Junior Midfielder, Michael Nanchoff, Akron

Senior Midfielder, Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Akron

Sophomore Midfielder, Scott Caldwell, Akron

Senior Midfielder/Defender, Charlie Campbell, Louisville

Junior Forward, Colin Rolfe, Louisville

Junior Defender, Austin Berry, Louisville

Junior Goalkeeper, Andre Boudreaux, Louisville

Senior Forward, Justin Meram, Michigan

Most Outstanding Offensive Player

Sophomore Midfielder, Scott Caldwell, Akron

Most Outstanding Defensive Player

Junior Defender, Kofi Sarkodie, Akron


By Periods 1 2 F
Michigan 1 0 0
Akron 1 1 2

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Justin Meram 1:02 (unassisted)
2nd -- UA, Perry Kitchen, 32:40 (unassisted)
2nd -- UA, Kofi Sarkodie, 73:09 (Michael Nanchoff)

Shots: U-M 9, UA 22
Shots on Goal: U-M 1, UA 8
Saves: U-M 6 (Chris Blais), Akron 0 (David Meves)
Corner Kicks: U-M 2, UA 6
Fouls: U-M 15, UA 13
Cards: UA, Kofi Sarkodie, 40:34 (Yellow); U-M, Fabio Pereira, 73:30 (Yellow).

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423

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