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Akron Zip earning national praise

Akron, OH -  Adam Najem, a freshman midfielder from The University of Akron men's soccer team, received national and regional praise Monday following his two-goal performance at Cleveland State.

Najem, who became the first Zips freshman to record a multiple-goal match since Darren Mattocks in 2010, was named to the National Team of the Week by College Soccer News as well as Mid-American Conference Player of the Week by the league office.

Najem played a key role as Akron got back to its winning ways with a 2-1 victory against the Vikings last Wednesday night.

Najem finished a cross from Reinaldo Brenes in the 20th minute to give UA a 1-0 lead, then delivered what would turn out to be the game-winning strike in the 70th minute. Saad Abdul-Salaam served up a perfectly-struck pass into the box from the right side of the field and Najem slotted the keeper from 12 yards out.

The goals were the first two of his young Akron career.

Najem and the No. 20 Zips (8-3-0) will play host to No. 15 Wake Forest Tuesday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. ET.

Zips tickets can be purchased online anytime at ZipsTickets.com, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Mondays through Fridays by either calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visiting The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the corner of E. Exchange and S. Union streets).

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