Ritaccio, Akron Zip Into NCAA College Cup Finals

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Carlo Ritaccio. Photo: Ernie Aranyosi/www.ejaphoto.com

Westbury’s Carlo Ritaccio scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Akron as the Zips defeated Michigan State 5-1 to earn a trip to the NCAA men’s College Cup finals.

With the victory, Akron will play for the national title for the fourth time in program history and first since 2010. The match is set for Sunday at 8 p.m. and will air on ESPNU.

The Zips are also the fourth unseeded team to reach the championship match of the College Cup since the tournament expanded to 48 teams in 2001. The others are Charlotte (2014), UC Santa Barbara (2006) and Stanford (2002).

On Friday at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, CA, Akron took control of the game earlier with two first-half goals. With the Zips already holding a one-goal advantage, Ritaccio would find the back of the net to double the lead.

On the play, the Clarke High School graduate would get his head on a corner kick from Colin Biros for his third goal of the season. Akron would go on to score three second-half goals to secure the win over the Spartans.