The Cavaliers fall to Orlando Magic at home

The Cavaliers were defeated 114-93 by the visiting Orlando Magic. The offense continued its search for chemistry on the young season. Dwayne Wade, most notably, struggled from the field. He shot only 25 percent during his 16 minutes on the court. Wade also had difficulties distributing the ball. He was unable to create passing opportunities on and off the ball.

Jose Calderon saw only five minutes of action after getting the start in place of the injured Derrick Rose. Like Wade, Calderon seemed to be struggling to find his home in the offense. He did not appear ready to be running the offense. As the point Guard, the Cavs are expecting better game management from him.

Once it became clear that the game plan wasn’t working, Lebron James took control of the first Half. James won cheers from an otherwise frustrated crowd driving in the paint. He drew a pair of and-ones at the end of the quarter and finished it with 14 of the Cavs 18 points.

Kevin Love came through in the second quarter to help James with the scoring load. Love went 6-13 in the quarter. The Magic held a 22-point lead over the Cavs at one point, but James’ and Love’s combined 18-point scoring effort brought the team within 11 by the half time break. The cavalier defense was slightly more successful in the second quarter, holding the Magic to 6-21 from the field.

After the break, it was back to all Magic. Iman Shumpart took advantage of the opportunity to get some work in. He finished the game with 21 points, shooting 80 percent from beyond the arc, and making 7-10 free throws. It is worth noting that he shot only 5-14 from field goals. He will look to improve on that number.

The Cavs play again Tuesday October 24. They will host the Chicago Bulls.

Akron bests #8 Notre Dame at home.

The Zips Men’s Soccer team defeated Notre Dame by a score of 2-0 at home Tuesday night. Both of their Goals came from the penalty spot.

The early first half saw the teams trading possession back and forth. Both teams carefully felt each other out for the first ten minutes, with neither registering a shot on goal. Notre Dame seemed to be the stronger of the two, but the depth of their attack fizzled as it reached the attacking third.

As time passed in the first half, Akron began to establish their authority. The midfield had difficulties distributing the ball to the wings, so they made an adjustment towards the middle. The Zips spent time carefully building their attack with short passes rather than lobbing it over defenders to the corner.

Sam Gainford converted a Penalty kick in the 35’ that resulted from clumsy defending by Notre Dame in the area. It came after a solid ten-minute stretch of hard work from the mid field engine of Akron, which created a number of chances for which the Zips were not rewarded.

After half time, Akron continued to own possession in their half of the pitch. Notre Dame looked zapped after the break and struggled to match Akron’s pace. Akron created many chances in the second half, but again their lone goal of the period originated from the penalty spot. Gainford’s PK was saved by Notre Dame GK, but Nick Hinds collected the rebound and netted it for the Zip’s second goal in the 88’.

The Zips will host MAC opponent Bowling Green in their next match this Saturday October 21. Kickoff will be at 7:00PM.

Zips Upset Broncos in Sunday Showdown 14-13

By: Benjamin Verbel

The Akron Zips went on the road this week to face the Western Michigan Broncos. The Zips looked to slow down a Broncos offense that had a high scoring 71-68 win against Buffalo last week.

The game was delayed and then rescheduled due to lightning and flooding concerns. The first quarter started off with a Zips drive that lead to a 13 yard touchdown by Thomas Woodson to his Tight End Kobie Booker.
Akron brought more points to the board in the second quarter with a one yard run into the end-zone by Senior back Manny Morgan to cap off their drive. Morgan earned every touch with a 4.4 yard average on the ground.
Western Michigan matched Akron with a run-heavy game plan. They averaged 4.6 yards with five featured players. They totaled at 244 yards on 53 carries.
Bronco’s Josh Grant booted a 49 yard field goal to give them a 14-3 score before the second half.
Western Michigan receiver D’Wayne Eskridge was a big contributor for their offense. By the end of this match up he had a total of 100 all purpose yards and a 50 yard TD from Jon Wassink. At this point WMU was getting involved in the flow of the game and Josh Grant gave his team another three points with a 35 yard field goal.
Akron came out with a win after holding onto the lead they built in the first half. The Zips brought defense that didn’t break to this game with the likes of Defensive back Alvin Davis and Junior Linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III.
Both teams came out of this week with a 4-3 record. The Zips are currently on a 3 game winning streak. Akron will be the away team in a match up against the Toledo Rockets on Saturday, October 21st at 12:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer will meet #8 Notre Dame at home.

The Zips men’s soccer team will host #8 Notre Dame on their home pitch Tuesday evening. After a two-game stretch that Saw Akron outplaying their opposition, Notre Dame should prove to be a mid-season challenge for the Zippers. The Fighting Irish will be aiming to bounce back from a home loss to Pitt.
Akron is rolling into the game having beaten their last two opponents at home. The Zips have dominated possession over the last 180 minutes. Their goal differential of 5-1 over that stretch and Skye Harter’s three assist outing against SIU Edwardsville are proof. Harter, a home-grown Midfield player from Copley, earned a spot on the College Soccer News’ National Team of the Week.
Ball possession will be one of the keys to this game also. Akron has proven their Forwards are capable of finding the net against ranked teams after netting four past #1 Michigan State. It’s no secret, however, you need the ball to score. If Harter can stay busy distributing the ball to the wings, then Akron will have their best chance at building their top-ten case with another win against a ranked opponent.
Harter has also been dangerous from the set-piece. He connected twice with defender Joao Moutinho from corner-kicks for goals in the last match. He will no doubt look to exercise this craft again should Notre Dame give him the opportunity.
The game starts at 7 on Tuesday, Oct 17.

Zips Men’s Soccer takes a Mac win over SIU Edwardsville

The Zips Men’s Soccer team netted three goals in their win over MAC opponent SIU Edwardsville. Joao Moutinho recorded two of the goals from Skye Harter corner kicks. His duel scoring effort was somewhat in the name of redemption because Moutinho served up the lone goal against the Zips as a lazy pass, which SIU defenders intercepted in the area and subsequently scored. “I made an unfortunate mistake, but I was able to come back with two goals, and I’m very happy for that. The whole team did well. I’d really like to make that point. Everyone was running towards one goal, and when that happens, things just get easier for you.” Moutinho said when asked about his set-piece goals.
Forward Marcel Zajac scored the Zips’ first goal in just the second minute. Skye Harter played a ball in to the center from the end line for the assist.
The Zips dominated possession for most of the game. SIU was playing on their heels with Akron deep in the attacking third. The zips ended with 12 total shots, five of them on goal. It was no problem for them to create chances, but good goal keeping and missed chances kept the score from running up.
Akron improves their record to 8-3-1 and 1-1 in the MAC. Their next match is home against #7 Notre Dame on Tuesday Oct 17 at 7Pm.