The Zips came into the 2016 campaign on the heels of the program's fourth appearance in the College Cup in 2015 and boasted seven returning starters and the second-rated recruiting class in the country as heralded by Top Drawer 1 according to Soccer America before ascending to the consensus No. Akron went on to post its 16th consecutive double-digit victory campaign and concluded the year with a 13-6-3 ledger, including a 3-1-1 mark in the MAC.
The Zips earned the MAC regular season and tournament titles en route to collecting the program's 31st NCAA Tournament.
Equally impressive for the Zips was the play of its defensive backline of seniors .
Senior goalkeeper Philipp Schilling has recorded 91 saves and owns eight shutouts on the strength of a 1.07 goals against average.
As a team, Wisconsin is seventh the NCAA in total goals (43), while ranking eighth in total points (8), 12th in total assists (39), 15th in points per game (5.95), 18th in scoring offense (2.05), 19th in assists per contest (1.86), 26th in save percentage (.805) and winning percentage (.690) and 34th in saves per game (4.71).
AKRON OPENS NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY WITH 3-0 VICTORY PAST NO.
22 SEATTLE University of Akron men's soccer seniors continued their dominating run of play netting a goal apiece to lead the third-rated and fifth-seeded Zips to a 3-0 victory past No.
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Holthusen, Gainford, Hinds, redshirt junior (Berlin, Germany) registered a shutout in his first-ever NCAA Tournament game versus Villanova in 2016 and has started a trio of tournament contests for Akron allowing one goal, while pulling in five saves en route to posting a pair of shutouts.SERIES HISTORY Akron and Wisconsin are squaring off for the fourth time in program history with the Badgers owning a 2-1-0 series advantage. THE COACHES Wisconsin: John Trask is in his eighth season as head coach of the Wisconsin program, owning a 65-65.27 (.500) record and maintains an overall ledger of 119-89-53 (.557) in 13 years as a head coach.The two sides last met during the regular season on Sept. The Zips will be hosting the Badgers for the third time in series history, having bested Wisconsin, 3-1, on Sept. Akron: In his fifth year on the Akron sidelines as head coach, and 11th season overall, is , who had previously served as the Zips' associate head coach and recruiting coordinator, officially became the seventh head coach in the history of The University of Akron men's soccer program in December of 2012.A 2000 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan, Embick was named an All-American by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) in 19 as a player.He was also an NAIA honorable mention All-America honoree in 1999 and was twice named to the All-Mid-Central Conference squad.Prior to joining the Zips, Embick spent four seasons (2003-06) as the head men's soccer coach at Missouri Baptist University where he led the Spartans to a record of 47-21-8 and the program's first NAIA regional tournament berth in 2003.