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Akron Athletics will host a watch party for the semfinal game on Friday at J. Dublin’s Pour House, 1954 Buchholzer Blvd., Akron. The watch party will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the match starting at 6 p.m.
alen Energy Stadium crowned its first College Cup champion in 2013 when Notre Dame defeated Maryland 2-1 in the final. Before that, you have to go all the way back to 1976 for the last time Philadelphia hosted the championship. And what a final it was! Who could forget Andy Atuegbu’s 20-yard blast into the top right corner to give San Francisco the 1-0 victory over Indiana in the freezing confines of Franklin Field.
This weekend the NCAA Men’s College Cup returns to the “City of Brotherly Love” with the four best teams in the nation hoping to leave as the 2017 “National Champions.” The final will take place on Sunday at 1pm.
The first step, though, starts with Friday’s semifinal doubleheader. At 6pm, Stanford University and the University of Akron will do battle with the victor facing the winner of the 8:45pm clash between the University of North Carolina and Indiana University.
No. 5 Akron vs. No. 9 Stanford, Friday, 6 p.m. The two lowest remaining seeds in a semifinal rematch from 2015. The Zips, still looking for another crown to match their 2010 NCAA title, had a scoreless tie with Stanford in the 2015 semifinals. That took both teams into penalty kicks and Stanford came out the winner and eventual national champion. It was the first of back-to-back titles for the Cardinal, who are now aiming for a three-peat, along with joining the Stanford women as the first school to win both soccer titles in the same year.
So maybe Stanford came into the tournament a little upset about being underseeded. Maybe they were a little perturbed about having to travel across the country to play the No. 1 overall seed Wake Forest, a team they knocked out of the tournament in both of their previous championship runs (including last season’s final), on their home field to secure a spot in Philadelphia.