The Michigan men's soccer team had already had quite the season, winning the Big Ten tournament and getting to host first and second round action of the NCAA tournament at its brand new facility in Ann Arbor. The season got even better when Michigan not only won a game in overtime on its home field to advance to the Sweet 16, but then won on the road a week later to make it to the Elite Eight.â†µ
This past Saturday, Michigan went on the road again and beat the No. 2-seeded Maryland Terrapins, 3-2, in double overtime. The win set a new mark for the Michigan soccer program, as it is now on its way to the College Cup Final Four for the first time in its history. Michigan has been on a magical run for the last couple months, and that run will now continue on Friday out in Santa Barbara, Calif.â†µ
Michigan's opponent in the College Cup semifinals is Akron, the No. 3 seed in the tournament and the last team to beat Michigan. The Zips defeated Michigan in Akron back on Oct. 19 by a score of 7-1. It was an ugly loss and Michigan's second straight at the time, but the Wolverines have rattled off nine straight victories since then. Three of those wins were in overtime and on the season Michigan actually has a record of 5-0-3 in OT.â†µ
Michigan's game against Akron is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. (ET) on Friday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 or ESPNU, and if Michigan is victorious it will advance to the NCAA championship on Sunday to play either Louisville or North Carolina.