Indiana To Face Akron in NCAA Tournament First Round
Nov. 18, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's soccer team will face the Akron Zips in Akron, Ohio on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament, as the field of 48 was announced by the NCAA Monday afternoon.
The Hoosiers and Zips will face off at 7 p.m. ET at First Energy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field in Akron, Ohio.
"We were certainly excited to see where and who we were playing against," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "I think Akron is a fantastic opponent for us. They play an attractive style of soccer and I think it is going to be a great game. Our seniors have been there and this group is very confident and healthy. This team is ready to go and we are looking forward to Thursday.
The Hoosiers finished the regular season and Big Ten Tournament play with an 8-11-2 record, 2-4 in Big Ten Conference action. Indiana earned the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Big Ten Tournament, defeating No. 4 seed Michigan (2-1 OT), No. 1 seed Penn State (0-0, 5-3 PKs) and No. 3 seed Michigan State (1-0).
Indiana again faced a tough schedule in 2013 as nine of Indiana's 18 regular-season opponents made the tournament field, including No. 1 seed UCLA, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 11 Michigan State and No. 12 UC Irvine.
Indiana was one of five Big Ten teams to make the tournament field, joined by Northwestern, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin. This season marks the sixth time in the last seven years the Big Ten has had at least four teams earn bids to the tournament.
IU boasts an all-time record of 24-6-2 against the Zips but has dropped the last three meetings, two of which by a 1-0 score line. Akron defeated Indiana 2-1 in the third round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Indiana's last win came in Akron by a 2-0 score in 2006.
The Hoosiers are making their 27th-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 38th overall. Indiana has an NCAA-best .745 (83-27-4) winning percentage in the tournament, while the 83 victories is also tops in the NCAA. IU has appeared in 18 College Cups, which leads all Division I teams, and is the reigning NCAA Champion, winnings its eighth title in 2012.
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