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Coping with players leaving early

Originally Published: December 8, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

There was a big celebration for the Akron men's soccer program last December as the Zips won their first NCAA title in school history. But it wasn't long before coach Caleb Porter knew that repeating that feat would be even more difficult than he might have anticipated.

He knew some of his 2010 players potentially could be headed to the pro ranks, but didn't expect five of them to be underclassmen.

"We're used to forecasting losing seniors; you prepare for that," Porter ...

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