Sen. Brown Introduces Resolution Congratulating National Champion Akron Men's Soccer Team

In a 1-0 Victory, University of Akron Men’s Soccer Team Defeated Louisville in NCAA Division 1 National Championship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today introduced a resolution congratulating the University of Akron Men’s Soccer Team for winning the NCAA Division I national soccer championship. The University of Akron beat University of Louisville 1-0 at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Harder Stadium yesterday.

 “The Akron men’s soccer team has become a symbol of pride and success to the University of Akron and the entire state,” Brown said. “The hard work and determination from the Zips players and coaches have transformed a talented program from Northeast Ohio into a perennial power and premiere soccer team in the nation. Congratulations to every member of the Zip Men’s Soccer program and its devoted fans and supporters.”

 Senate resolutions are often introduced to commemorate non-controversial measures or to offer congratulations.

 Scott Caldwell, a sophomore midfielder from Braintree, Massachusetts, scored the deciding goal in the 78th minute on an overpowering shot from 15 yards out. Caldwell was named offensive player of the Final Four while Zips defender Kofi Sarkodie, from Huber Heights, Ohio earned defensive player of the Final Four. Led by Head Coach Caleb Porter, the Akron Zips returned to the National Championship game one year after losing the 2009 College Cup final to the University of Virginia in a shootout following a scoreless tie.

 Full text of the resolution is below.

 A resolution celebrating the outstanding athletic accomplishments of the University of Akron for winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

 Whereas, on December 12, 2010, the University of Akron men’s soccer team, known as the Zips, won the College Cup in Santa Barbara, California, becoming the first team to win a national title in the school’s history;

 Whereas the Zips finished their historic season with a record of 22-1-2 with a victory over the previously undefeated and top-ranked University of Louisville Cardinals;

 Whereas the men’s soccer team has become a symbol of pride and success to the University of Akron and its surrounding communities in Northeast Ohio;

 Whereas the University of Akron men’s soccer Head Coach Caleb Porter has won one national title and taken his team to two national championship games in the last two years;

 Whereas midfielder Scott Caldwell was named the most outstanding offensive player of the College Cup;

 Whereas defender Kofi Sarkodie was named the most outstanding defensive player of the College Cup;

 Whereas forward and midfielder Darlington Nagbe is a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s best collegiate soccer player;

 Whereas, all-time, there have been 44 All-Americans from the Akron men’s soccer team, including two from the 2010 season;

 Whereas, all-time, there have been 12 Academic All-Americans from the Akron men’s soccer team, including four from the 2010 season;

 Whereas the University of Akron athletic program strives to have their student-athletes complete their degrees and become contributing members of society;

 Whereas, each year, University of Akron student-athletes and coaches are involved in community service activities;

 Whereas, the University of Akron men’s soccer team is to be praised for their historic season of both athletic and academic accomplishments: Now be it

 Resolved, that the Senate –

          

(1)   Congratulates the University of Akron men’s soccer team for winning the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship

(2)   Recognizes the University of Akron Athletic Program for its achievements in both sports and academics; and

(3)   That, upon adoption, the Secretary of the Senate shall prepare an official copy of this resolution for presentation to -

 (A)  The University of Akron for appropriate display;

(B)  The President of the University of Akron, Dr. Luis M. Proenza;

(C)  The head coach of the University of Akron men’s soccer team, Mr. Caleb Porter

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