Creighton men to play No. 1 Akron
OMAHA, Neb. (Nov. 24) Â– The No. 8 Creighton men's soccer team continues play in the 2012 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship tournament this weekend with an NCAA Third Round match at No. 1 Akron slated for 3:30 p.m. CT Sunday at the Zips' FirstEnergy Stadium Â– Cub Cadet Field.
The Bluejays (16-3-2), the No. 12 national seed of the NCAA Tournament, defeated No. 21 Washington 4-2 last Sunday to advance after receiving a first round bye as a top-16 seed. Akron (18-1-2), the No. 5 national seed, defeated Michigan 2-1 at home in an NCAA Second Round match Sunday afternoon.
This year marks the 20th NCAA tournament appearance for Creighton all-time. CU is 27-16-5 all-time in the tourney with four College Cup appearances including the 2011 season. Akron is making its 23rd NCAA tournament appearance all-time, earning a postseason berth for the 11th time in 12 seasons. After Sunday's victory, the Zips are 18-20-4 all-time in the tourney and are seeking their fourth College Cup appearance after winning the 2010 National Championship.
The Bluejays and Zips have only met twice in program history, with UA leading the series 1-0-1. In 2010 Akron claimed a 1-0 home win over Creighton. Earlier this season CU settled for a 1-1 draw in Omaha on Aug. 31. The teams hold the two longest win streaks in the nation. CU comes in on an 11-match win streak while Akron has won 15 straight contests.
Current Creighton head coach Elmar Bolowich is in his second year after guiding the Bluejays to their fourth College Cup appearance in program history in 2011 during his first season at CU. His staff won MVC Coaching Staff of the Year in his debut season with the Jays. That followed a 22-year stint at North Carolina, where he guided the Tar Heels to 15 NCAA Tournaments, four College Cup appearances and the 2001 National Title. Bolowich continues his 17th NCAA Tournament with 24-13-5 record all-time.
Bolowich has recent tournament history with Akron. UA slipped past Bolowich's North Carolina squad on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw at the 2009 College Cup semifinals.
Last Sunday Creighton's offense fired on all cylinders resulting in four goals on the night - the most for the Jays all season. CU also put Washington's defense back on its heels as the Jays' four goals tied the most allowed this season by the Huskies.
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