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Defending National Champion Akron Zips Being Defense Thursday

The Akron Zips mens soccer team will begin defense of it's 2011 NCAA National Championship on Thursday night when they host Big Ten Champions Northwestern at 7:30 p.m.

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The Zips(13-3-4) and Wildcats(11-4-5) winner will then have to travel to face No. 6 seed SMU in the second round on Sunday night.

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All UA season ticket holders who purchased the postseason package will be able to use their Nov. 20 game ticket for Thursday’s contest. All other fans may purchase tickets starting today at 10 a.m., by calling 1-888-992-5766 or visiting the ticket office at InfoCision Stadium.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.