Akron Men’s Soccer wins 14th Mid-American Conference

 

Photo Courtesy of Akron Athletics

 

The University of Akron men’s soccer won its sixth straight and 14th overall Mid-American Conference Tournament title this Sunday after defeating the host of the tournament, Western Michigan, 3-1.

Akron is expected to earn at least a top-eight national seed come Monday when the NCAA reveals its tournament pairings at 1 p.m.

Akron outshot Western Michigan, 17-10 and 6-5 with shots on goal. Senior and Most Valuable Player of the tournament, Stuart Holthusen, would open Akron’s tally when senior Niko De Vera pass the ball into the box to Holthusen and tap it into the back of the net. The goal marked Holthusen 10th goal of the season.

Just as it looked that Akron would head into the intermission with a 1-0 lead, Western Michigan’s Ben Thornton brought the Broncos level, scoring with thirteen seconds left in the half.

In the second half, Senior Sam Gainford scored the go-ahead goal in the 56 minute, and Manuel Cordeiro added an insurance goal in the 78th minute to see Akron seal the win.

Akron has won 10 straight games since their 1-0 loss to Western Michigan last October and look to be heating up heading into the NCAA Tournament.

There will be a watch party for the NCAA selection show in the Tommy Evans Lounge at James A. Rhodes Arena with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. There will be free food for first 100 students, giveaways, and prizes for fans in attendance.

Member of the Week- Peter Palmer

 

Peter Palmer is a WZIP member. He is apart of the Production department as well as being an On Air Personality. He was nominated for member of the week because of all of the hard work he puts into WZIP. Palmer is majoring in biology and his dream job is to become Neurosurgeon. Palmer is a fan of coldplay and would one day like to meet Ryan Reynolds. His favorite thing about WZIP is being around the other WZIP members. When asked to give advice to the potential new members of WZIP Palmer said, “ Be involved as much as possible. You get out what you put in.”

Ten Cavaliers talking points ten games into the season.

Cavaliers ten talking points ten games in.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have not kicked off the 2017-18 season the way the team would like. They dropped five of the first nine games, which included a particularly frustrating three-game skid that opened the floor to familiar questions about the defense. To further compound the situation, injuries to a starting five that is looking to find a stride have prevented the team from sticking to any one game plan. Throw that on top of a squad of new faces, and there is plenty to bring to the discussion table.
Lebron seemed to play with conviction against the Washington Wizards. His 57-point performance tied the franchise record for most points scored in a game. Although a career performance for James, it felt like one his signature silencing acts after the discussion leading up to game time. Bradley Beal even went as far as accusing the Cavs of tanking to avoid the Wizards in the 2016-17 season.
The Cavs hosted the Atlanta Hawks for game ten of the regular season. The game exhibited many of the same defensive struggles the Cavs have seen thus far. Dwayne Wade turned out a bright performance. He was 8-18 from the field and scored 25. His progress moving forward is dire to the heart beat of this team. They need more games like this from Wade. Kyle Korver was a three-point engine. He drained five of his eleven three point attempts. Lebron was the assist beneficiary of many of them. The Cavs fell 117 to 115. Since the Cavs are now ten games into the new season, here are my ten early-season talking points.

The Cavs continue to play poor defensively. – They are 28th in the NBA with 113 points per game allowed going into the Hawks matchup. Defense has been one of the biggest question marks for this team over the last three years. At times, complacency has been their biggest issue. This year, the Cavs are running new lineups with veteran players. They are already at a disadvantage when teams are throwing their youth at the Cavs because they cannot match the pace of play. This in combination with a lack of chemistry has hurt the team.

Injuries are nagging – Lebron admitted recently that he has not felt at his best because he had been dealing with a lingering ankle injury throughout the preseason. That’s the least of the worries on the injury report, however. Tristan Thompson exited the game against the Pacers with a calf injury. He is expected to miss at least a month. The Cavs will certainly miss his presence under the glass during that time.

Lebron James doing Lebron things – Lebron James decimated the Wizards for 57. Through nine games, his was averaging 61 percent from the field and nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc. He also leads the Cavs in every major stat category other than rebounds per game. James arguably had the best season of his career last year, and it seems as though he is looking to repeat.

Kevin Love and LBJ keep the little chemistry this team has alive – The same song and dance from the previous three seasons. Love is a threat in the post and from three-point range. The keen basketball IQ and passing ability of James allows Kevin Love to really stretch out between those two points of the floor. If the Cavs improve their chemistry elsewhere, the two will occupy defenses long enough to get some other key players involved.

Dwayne Wade – The acquisition of D-Wade is one of the more exciting in recent memory. Opening up his game against Atlanta, he received a pair of well-placed dimes from James to sink mid-range jumpers. Small patches of his game are beginning to show through. Cavs fans should exercise patience while watching Wade catch up to this program. He may be a veteran in the league, but his experience with Lebron is worth its weight in minutes on the court.

Transition offense – This has been an area that the Cavs have traditionally done well. Through ten games, there is much left to be desired. Specifically, Derrick Rose has struggled. Passing lanes aren’t seeming to open up for him, and his finishing has been far from clinical. This may be an opportunity for Wade to find his way back into the starting squad should he remain on the uptick while Rose searches for his consistency.

Kyle Korver –Korver has put his stamp on a number of games already this season. Unfortunately, lack of wining has sort of overshadowed that. His is shooting nearly 50 percent from three-point land. His hustle play is another key for the Cavs. During the second quarter of the Atlanta Hawks game, Korver was involved in a number of 50/50 balls. Even during the slump, Korver has remained a spark off of the bench.

Three-point shooting – The Cavaliers are only recording an average of 34 percent of their three-point shots. A number that falls short of expectations. Inversely, 41 percent of opponents’ three-balls found the net. This disparity in scoring is one of the obvious numbers on the score-sheet that must be improved. This is especially true in the deep scoring atmosphere in today’s league.

Complacency – The Cavs simply play with no urgency at times. Three Cavalier defenders handed a series of offensive rebounds to the Hawks through inaction in the middle of the second half. Any sort of comeback that the Cavs worked towards became more out of reach every time the team was caught ball watching. That lack of urgency was one of the biggest negative take-aways from last season. That must be cut out if the Cavs are going to pull things together.

Member of the Week- Matt Farkas

Matt Farkas is a member here at WZIP. Farkas is apart of the News department as well as the Promotions department. He was nominated by his news director because he is always willing to help, even with last minute projects Matt is always there to lend a hand.. Matt Farkas goes above and beyond to help. Farkas is majoring in political science and his dream job is to be a senator. Farkas is a fan of Harry Nilsson and would one day like to meet Terry Crews. His favorite things about WZIP is the teamwork and environment. When asked to give advice to the potential new members of WZIP, Farkas said “try new things.Be you, it’s the most interesting thing. Break the norms.”

Broadway In Akron

        The lights start to dim, the pit starts playing the opening number, and you start getting butterflies in your stomach as the curtain rises and the stage is brought to life. You would think I’m talking about New York and the famous Broadway. But what if I told you I was talking about Akron’s own E.J. Thomas Hall?

The University of Akron and Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio have partnered to continue the series known as Broadway in Akron. Broadway in Akron is kicking off its third year here at E.J. Thomas Hall, with the first show of the season being six time TONY award-winning show, Kinky Boots. With music written by Cyndi Lauper and book written by Harvey Fierstein, this musical is sure to have you dancing along in your seat,  in awe of the performers doing back flips in six inch stiletto heels, and even shed a few tears.

Nathan Mortimer, the chief financial officer here at Akron, said that he wanted to prove that Akron is a lover of art by having this series come back to Akron.

Gina Vernaci, Playhouse Square’s Executive Producer, announced on October 11, 2017 that there were 2,109 season ticket holders for this year’s Broadway in Akron series of shows.

“It continues to grow every year!” she stated while looking out into the crowd as applause echoed through the hall.

Looking around, one can see people of all ages in attendance. Kelly Unger, a student here at the University and avid musical lover, spoke about what having this program means to her, “I think it’s a great partnership between the Cleveland Playhouse and Akron. The prices for tickets are amazing and it makes these award-winning shows more accessible to students and the Akron community.”

The shows scheduled for the rest of the year are Dirty Dancing, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Jersey Boys. Show times and prices can be found at uakron.edu/ej/broadway/ or, go to ticketmaster.com, and type in the show that you are looking for to purchase tickets.

 

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