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SBZipfan last won the day on November 6 2016

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    grew up in Mogadore, now in Santa Barbara, home of Akron's 2010 College Cup victory!

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  1. Well a disappointing end to an otherwise great Zips weekend here in SB. The three key penalties were all called at the far end from the Akron section, and we didn't see what had happened. Good to know they were not terrible calls. Had a great time before and during the game with 72 Roo and friends. Hope we can do it all again in 2020! And: Stu Parry is one of the nicest people ever. A real class act. Good show all around, Zips nation!
  2. Thank you for this! I was sitting with Stu and his wife at the game on Friday. I had no idea that he was a former coach and so important to Akron soccer! Wow. What a privilege.
  3. Yes, absolutely. No chance it will sell out. Tickets are $25 + $1 service fee if bought in advance (print at home). (There is also a will-call option but I do not recommend it.) You can also buy tickets at the venue. Seats are general admission. (The ticketing system will show something like BLU9, but it doesn't mean anything.) Here is the link: https://www.ncaa.com/tickets/soccer-men/d1 Hope to see you there!
  4. Good times here in Santa Barbara! Great to meet Zip_ME87, 72 Roo, and many more Zips fans! Akron well represented, good show! Best moment: two women sitting a couple rows in front of us; when Braden Petno scored, one leaped up and yelled "that's my brother!" followed by the other "that's my son!". Fantastic game to see in person. Zips looked very solid, very impressive. I was worried about Indiana in the final, but … no more Indiana! Maryland is still a very good team, but I like Akron's chances. A lot. Go Zips!
  5. Seems like the team is finally getting some of the media attention it has long deserved. Go Zips! I look forward to meeting some of you here in Santa Barbara later today ...
  6. The weekly free paper here in Santa Barbara, the Independent, has the 2010 Zips on the cover, and a nice article on the upcoming College Cup: https://www.independent.com/news/2018/nov/29/ucsb-prepares-host-its-second-college-cup/ Here's the cover: sbi_cover.pdf
  7. Nearest hotel to UCSB is the Best Western South Coast Inn. I just checked, they have rooms available (I'm surprised) Thurs-Sun for around $200/night. Best rate I saw in a quick search is Sandpiper Lodge at around $120 night. This is a perfectly reasonable place about 8 miles from campus, near a shopping mall. Also near a bus stop for cheapest travel, Uber or taxi also available. Probably have to deal with surge pricing after the game. Head into Isla Vista on foot after the game and find a place to hang out until the crowds go down. There is a actually plenty of affordable dining in or near downtown Santa Barbara proper, about 10 miles from campus. State Street, from the beach up to the 1400 block or so, is filled with restaurants, many quite reasonable (under $20 for a good meal). Google the "funk zone" for more ideas (just off State Street); the Lucky Penny is good. A very famous local taco stand (one praised by Julia Child) is La Super Rica on Milpas St, about a mile from downtown. More great Mexican food at Los Agaves, 3 locations, one on Milpas, one in Goleta. Plenty of beaches to walk along: Goleta Beach Park is near campus, also a pretty good restaurant there, the Beachside Bar Cafe. Try the scallops. Oh, Fish Enterprise downtown SB has great seafood, a little pricier (~$30 to $40 for a full meal) but good & a fun place. That's it off the top of my head for now ...
  8. I hope that happens again. Friday is a work day for me (happily I work at UCSB so I will be on campus!). I can get off early but with the game at 5 PM there won't be a lot of time. In 2010 the Zips were in the late game & I came for that (and of course the final on Sunday after they won), but did not attend any of the pre-game stuff. I'm not on any of the UA mailing lists so please post any details of organized pre-game events here & I will try to make it, thanks!!!
  9. So: is anyone going to be joining me in the stands here in Santa Barbara??? I was out running errands this morning wearing my Zips 2010 College Cup T-shirt when I a woman I walked past said "Go Zips!" I turned around and said "Yes, go Zips!" Turns out they (she was with her husband) were soccer fans in general, and knew that the Zips had beat Stanford yesterday. They'd been rooting for Stanford for the sake of the College Cup attendance; it's true that a Stanford appearance would have brought in many locals with Stanford connections, and travelers down from the Bay Area. So I hope Akron can get as many fans out here as possible!
  10. Amazing! What a great win! On to Santa Barbara!
  11. Wish I could go up to Stanford on Friday, but that's a minimum 5-hour drive and work is pressing … cmon Zips, make it back to Santa Barbara! I hope they're practicing their PKs …
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