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Zips Womens' Soccer close to Tourney Berth

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A 3-2 road win at EMU yesterday evens the women's record to 4-4-1 and in 7th place with 13 points, a point ahead of #8 Can't State.  Toledo sits in the 9th slot 4 points behind the Zips.  WSOC take on Central Michigan Sunday, then come home for the regular season finale against Buffalo at 3:00 pm (all schools in the MAC play at 3 the final match, as some schools do not have lights for soccer, and all matches must be simultaneously played).  A win in Mt. Pleasant or at FES and the Zips are through to MAC tournament play.  A Toledo loss on Sunday or Thursday puts Akron in.  The Zips beat Toledo 2-0 earlier in the season and hold the tie-breaker if the two teams are tied at the end of the season.  Way to go Zips!

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15 hours ago, malonepioneer12 said:

Never knew there was a women’s team......lol.  Ok seriously how can the women’s team only have one MAC East Championship?  

Hey MP!  Yeah, the team started play in 2001 under Coach Catherine Byrne, and improved each of the first three seasons with a 8-9-1 2003 year.  Things went South the next two seasons, but the 2006 team posted the first winning season at 11-7-0, but still 4-7-0 in the MAC.  The beat New Mexico and Kent State that year and won their first 6 matches. .Chris Pfau took over the Head Coach position in 2009 and promptly posted a 9-7-2 record and went 7-3-1 in the MAC to win their only East Championship.  They played some great teams that year in non-conference matches - Kentucky, Creighton, Nebraska, Cincinnati.  After an 0-2-1 start to MAC play they won 7 of their next 8 and 6 in a row to clinch the title.  Britni Back was a huge part of that, as was Rachel Phillip and Jordan Baranowski.  Katie Wise had 3 or 4 match winners that year as a freshman, I believe.  The team went to 5-5-1 in MAC play the following season and 4-5-2 the next before Pfau left, and Vernon Croft took over for 3 disastrous seasons, with poor recruiting and style of play.  Noreen Herlihy took over in 2015.  It's always been a puzzle to me and several fans I know as to how a school with a storied program like Akron on the men's side, can't produce the same on the women's side.  We always thought that they should have promoted Caleb to "Director of Soccer Operations in 2010 after the first star on our kits and promote Jared and have Caleb oversee both Men's and Women's programs....pipe dreams! 

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Well, the Zips WSOC are in!  A 1-0 win at Central Michigan Sunday made for a weekend sweep over EMU and CMU and moves the Zips to 5-4-1 with Thursday's match against Buffalo at 3 pm at FES.  But the win cinches a berth in the MAC tourney....well done WSOC!  Bailee Bowers netted the match winner in the first half and the D played stingy like they have all season.  It's a different team than last season's.

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2 hours ago, ZipsVoice said:

Well, the Zips WSOC are in!  A 1-0 win at Central Michigan Sunday made for a weekend sweep over EMU and CMU and moves the Zips to 5-4-1 with Thursday's match against Buffalo at 3 pm at FES.  But the win cinches a berth in the MAC tourney....well done WSOC!  Bailee Bowers netted the match winner in the first half and the D played stingy like they have all season.  It's a different team than last season's.

Fan!    Tastic!  

 

Well done, ladies!  

 

 

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Here's the other news....the women are tied for third place right now....a win over Buffalo Thursday and - I think - we would get to host a first round match, which would be the first since 2009....Wow!  Way to go WSOC!

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Weather really reeked havoc at FES Thursday, as heavy rain at kickoff and then the weather service's wind warning came true.  The women battled to a 1 - 1 draw vs. Buffalo, but finished the regular season MAC at 5-4-2 and finished tied for 4th.  They'll enter the MAC tourney as the 5th seed and take on Buffalo again, but this time at the Great White North, in that huge football stadium on crappy turf.  Match is Sunday at 1 and the women should be proud of this progress-laden season.  Competitive as heck in the MAC now, back to back tourney appearances, and guess what?  Portage Community College's Flashes are 9th and out of the tourney.

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Women are getting hammered on the pitch but withstanding the onslaught so far...1 shot to 9 for Buffalo, a SOG to 6, with Libby Harper coming up big so far.  5 minutes left in half...

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So, thought this got posted from my phone yesterday, but no sign of it.  The Womens' soccer team lost in a heartbreaker yesterday, at Buffalo 2-1 with 1 and a half minutes left in the second overtime.  After withstanding a first half onslaught from the Bulls, the defense held and then UB scored in the 85th, only to have Abby Brown equalize 40 seconds later to get it to OT.  Heartbreaker.  Great season, great job by the staff with a young team.  Only 1 senior on the team, so we should expect another tourney berth and who knows?  Maybe a MAC star?

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