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Forget the Frozen Tundra; try the frozen-hard pitch. The Zips men's soccer squad ended it's run for another national championship with a 1-0 overtime loss to Marquette in a game marked more by a rock-hard field and freezing temperatures in Milwaukee. The winning goal game in the first overtime period with just 23 seconds left. "Both teams had to adapt through it and, unfortunately, a slip on the field hurt us in the moment, and they capitalized," said Akron head coach Jared Embick.
The Zips end the season 17-4-1 while Marquette. at 13-5-2 but ranked with the number nine seed, advances with it's first NCAA Tournament win in their history.
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(GoZips.com) The University of Akron men's soccer team saw its NCAA Tournament run come to an end in the second round with a 1-0 defeat to No. 9-seed Marquette in freezing temperatures and a rock-hard playing surface at Valley Fields Sunday night.
After a scoreless regulation, the Golden Eagles (13-5-2) bagged the Golden Goal in the first overtime period with just 23 seconds left. Coco Navarro, who got free when an Akron defender slipped and fell to the ground, finished a long cross from Adam Lysak to give Marquette its first NCAA Tournament win in program history.
"It was disappointing for two teams who like to play soccer to have their game decided by the conditions of the field," said UA head coach Jared Embick. "But give Marquette credit. They found a way to make a play."
"Both teams had to hit long balls in the channels to decide the game. It's not what you want. Both teams had to adapt through it and unfortunately, a slip on the field hurt us in the moment, and (Marquette) capitalized."
It was a startling conclusion for the Zips (17-4-1), who nearly won the match in regulation when Zac Portillos banged a liner off the right post in the 76th minute. Then, just five minutes into overtime, Akron thought it had won a penalty kick opportunity when Reinaldo Brenes appeared to be tackled from behind in the box but no call came.
With temperatures that hovered in the low 20s and wind that made it feel much colder, players on both sides struggled to get solid footing on the frozen pitch and the pace of play suffered as a result.
After being out-shot 10-5 in the first half, UA settled in after the break and had the better of play but couldn't cash in. Third-year sophomore Jake Fenlason turned in another commendable performance with nine saves – the most by an Akron goalkeeper all season – in a losing effort.
Much of the action took place in the middle third of the field in the first half.
The Zips had their best chance of the half in the 34th minute when Eric Stevenson chipped a ball over a Marquette defender for Brenes, who was streaking down the left side of the field. Brenes took a quick touch to avoid the MU goalkeeper, who had come off his line, but couldn't quite get control of it as his shot hit the side netting.
Fenlason had to make three saves in the opening period as the Zips dealt with a number of dangerous crosses by the Golden Eagles. MU's best look came in the 27th minute when a cross found C. Nortey with space in the midde of the box but hooked it wide of the left post.
In all, the Golden Eagles, who captured their first Big East Tournament Championship last weekend, out-shot the Zips 19-15. With the win, Marquette advances to play at No. 8-seed Virginia in the third round of the NCAA Tournament next Sunday (Dec. 1).
Zips Notebook: Sunday was just Akron's second loss during the run of play in its last 16 NCAA Tournament matches (10-2-4), dating back to the 2009 season ... It was also just the fourth time UA had been shutout in 2013 ... Senior Robbie Derschang was helped off the field with a leg injury in the second half and did not return
The pairings are out for the state high school football semifinals following the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Fans of the Fighting Irish and Panthers better find cheap gas before the holiday because they'll be heading south, while the Hornets will be on a short flight to Parma.
Next Friday's action with 7:30 kickoffs include the pair of local undefeated teams. St. Vincent-St. Mary will take on Columbus Marion-Franklin in New Philadelphia while Highland takes on fellow northeast Ohio semifinalist Glenville at Byers Field.
On Saturday, Manchester travels south on I-71 to face Columbus Bishop Hartley with a 7:00 kickoff in Mansfield.
InfoCision Stadium hosts what is likely to attract most Cleveland football fans; St. Ed's v Mentor Saturday night.
(OHSAA) The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Sunday the pairings and host sites for the football state semifinals. Divisions II, III, IV and VI will play on Friday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m., while Divisions I, V and VII will play on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
UPDATE 4:50 PM 11/24/13: The missing adult alert for 83 year-old Donald Myers of North Canton has been cancelled.
The Stark County Sheriff's Office says Myers was found unharmed at an out of state location.
A pair of Ohio truck drivers will share in more than $300,000 awarded as part of a lawsuit resolution filed against a defunct North Canton-based trucking company and the U.S. Department of Labor.
The drivers were fired by Star Air, Inc. after they were stopped by police in West Virginia for various violations including operating without proper information, hauling an excessive load and driving without a logbook. Both would not drive until the issues were resolved by the company, which terminated their employment. Both filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) charging the company was guilty of discrimination for their activities protected by federal regulations and they should be treated as whistleblowers.
Star Air's owner, Robert Custer, later set up another company called Akron Reserve Ammunition, Inc. He'll be the one writing the check with payments stretched out over a three year period..
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(OHSA) Under terms of a consent judgment, a now defunct North Canton, Ohio-based company, Star Air Inc., and owner Robert R. Custer, will pay two Ohio truck drivers $302,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor for terminating two of the company’s drivers in violation of the 1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act’s whistleblower provisions. Akron Reserve Ammunition Inc., was also named a defendant in the lawsuit because the department alleges that the company, which is owned by Custer, is the successor to Star Air.
“These drivers were fired for trying to protect themselves and the driving public,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “No truck driver should be forced to drive while tired, sick or in violation of truck weight or hours-of-service requirements. OSHA will continue to defend America’s truck drivers against unscrupulous employers who unlawfully retaliate against drivers who assert their right to drive safely.”
The drivers were dismissed after one was stopped by West Virginia State Police and cited for: hauling an excess load without a commercial driver’s license, operating an overweight trailer and driving without a logbook. The commercial vehicle also did not have the name of the company, its home base or its U.S. Department of Transportation number displayed. The driver who was cited informed another driver, who was also operating without the proper information displayed, and they refused to continue driving until these issues were resolved. Consequently, both were terminated.
Both drivers filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleging that Star Air had discriminated against them in retaliation for activities protected by the STAA, and a Labor Department administrative law judge issued the order for reinstatement and back wages. Under automatic review provisions, the judge’s decision then was referred to and upheld by the Administrative Review Board, which issues final decisions for the secretary of labor in cases arising under a wide range of worker protection laws.
The companies and Custer will pay the $302,000 agreed upon amount over a three-year period. If any party defaults on payments, the court can order the payment of the entire amount awarded in the judgment, which is $685,785.22. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, in Akron made the ruling. The department is represented by its Regional Office of the Solicitor in Cleveland.
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