UA soccer: Scouting report on Michigan

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Michigan (11-9-1) at Akron (17-1-2)

What: NCAA Division I Tournament second-round match.

When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Coaches: Caleb Porter of Akron and Chaka Daley of Michigan.

Notebook: This is Akron’s 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament since the program started playing matches in 1955 under player/coach Stu Parry. Porter has guided the Zips to six trips in a row, including the 2010 national-title team. This is the Wolverines’ fifth NCAA Tournament appearance since the program started play in 2000. ... UA, the consensus No. 1-ranked team in the country and fifth seed in the tournament, had a bye in the first round. Senior Scott Caldwell leads the Zips in scoring with nine goals and 10 assists, and junior Reinaldo Brenes is the top goal scorer with 10. Senior goalkeeper David Meves has 16 shutouts. ... Unseeded Michigan defeated visiting Niagara 3-1 on Thursday in the first round with junior Fabio Villas Boas Pereira scoring three goals in a seven-minute span. He leads the Wolverines in goals (six) and assists (eight). Sophomore Tyler Arnone had five goals and five assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Adam Grinwis has six shutouts. ... UA beat visiting Michigan 1-0 on Oct. 16. Since Porter took over the program in 2006, UA is 122-18-16 overall, 73-3-8 at home, 112-3-4 when scoring first and 90-1-3 when it scores two or more goals in a match.

Porter on Michigan: “They are a team that is a lot more confident now than they were the first time we played them. They have won six out of seven and went to the Big Ten championship [and lost 2-1 in overtime to Michigan State]. They had a good run there. They are coming off a nice win against Niagara. I think they are in a better rhythm. . . . We dominated the first time we played them, but we didn’t finish our chances. We left the game disappointed because we didn’t play as well we could have, and we had a man advantage for a majority of the game.”

Porter on his team: “Our guys are extremely hungry and extremely driven. We are attacking the national championship and Michigan is in our way.”

Michael Beaven


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