Congratulations go out to the University of Akron men's soccer team for winning the Division I National Championship yesterday with a 1-0 victory over Louisville in California.
Akron came into the game ranked 3rd in the nation; Louisville was ranked 1st.
"It's been a long journey," Akron coach Caleb Porter said after the Zips' 1-0 victory Sunday. "It started Dec. 14 after a bitter loss, a painful loss."
The Zips (22-1-2) won the title — their first in NCAA competition in any sport — a year after losing the College Cup final to Virginia in a shootout after a scoreless draw.
"They were hungry all year," Porter said. "They dug deep to win games. I'm proud of the win. I'm equally proud of the way our guys play the game."
Scott Caldwell ended Akron's frustration in the 78th minute, scoring on a 15-yard shot after Louisville's defense blocked his attempt from the top of the penalty box. The midfielder has scored all five of his career goals in the last seven postseason games.
Highlights, including the clip of the Zips' goal, can be found here.
After the jump, however, is the video you really want to see: the Zips celebrating while singing and dancing in the Pacific Ocean. No, really.
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