For the sixth time in program history, the University of Akron men’s soccer team is in the Final Four of the Men’s Soccer College Cup.
With the Zips in the national semi-finals is Carlo Ritaccio. The freshman defender from Westbury and a graduate of W.T. Clarke high school started 20 of the team’s 22 matches this season playing 1,741 minutes.
He scored his only goals of the season in a 3-1 win over then-12th-ranked West Virginia on November 9. Ritaccio’s brace in the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament allowed Akron to advance to the finals.
The Zips would go on to defeat Western Michigan 3-0 to win the MAC Title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Its road to the Final Four includes wins over Rider 3-1, Syracuse 3-1, No. 1 seed Wake Forest 1-0 and Stanford 3-2. Akron will meet Michigan State on Friday at 8 p.m. at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA. The winner of that match will meet the winner of the Maryland/Indiana match.
Early in the season, Ritaccio was named to the United States U-19 Men’s National Team for the 2018 U-20 Men’s Invitational tournament in Bradenton, FL.
“I am honored to be called into this camp with such a talented group of players,” Ritaccio said in September. “I hope that this camp will allow me to grow as a person and as a player.”