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Lady Monarchs Host Crucial CAA Games This Weekend

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: October 16, 2008
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Oct. 16, 2008

NORFOLK, Va. -- The ODU women's soccer team (11-2-1/4-1-1) is at home this weekend hosting a pair of crucial games in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action. One of just two teams ahead of ODU in the league, James Madison University (9-3-2/5-1-0), comes in on Friday night at 7:00 pm and Virginia Commonwealth University (8-6-1/4-2-1), who nearly defeated William & Mary Thursday night on Fox Soccer Channel, will come in on Sunday at 1:00 pm. ODU is riding a four-game unbeaten streak in the league, with wins against Drexel, Delaware and Northeastern and a tie to Hofstra.

Sunday, the Lady Monarchs will honor the nine seniors on the team as a part of the annual Senior Day celebration. Each of the nine seniors have had a significant impact on the ODU program throughout their careers.

The Lady Monarchs open the weekend against JMU, who were first in the CAA after last weekends games. The Dukes are leading the all-time series against ODU with an 11-5-1 record, with JMU winning their last match-up 4-2.

Forward Corky Julien, forward Teresa Rynier and keeper Diane Wszalek lead the Dukes. Julien has scored a team leading nine goals along with 20 points. Rynier leads the team in assists with 10 and is second in points with 18. Between the posts, Wszalek has 52 saves on the year, allowing 15 goals, giving her a goals against average of 1.16.

On Sunday, Old Dominion will host VCU after the Rams suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to William & Mary on Thursday night. William & Mary scored two in the last five minutes to drop the Rams. ODU boasts a slight advantage in a tight series between these two teams at 6-5-3. ODU won in the final seconds last year, 2-1, with a double overtime victory as time expired in Richmond.

The Rams are led by senior Megan Flanagan, senior Stephanie Power and sophomore Laurel Pastor. Flanagan and Power are tied for second on the team in goals with five, but lead the team in assists with eight and points with 18. Pastor is the team leader in goals with seven and is second on the team with 16 points. In goal, senior duo Kali Van Covern and Lauren Hardison have split time this season, with Van Covern allowing seven goals and Hardison allowing 11 goals.

ODU will look to their seniors to continue to lead with Katie Watson and Shavon Knight up front and Laura Tupman in goal. Watson leads the team in goals with nine and points with 24, while Knight has tallied eight goals and 22 points and both are tied in number of assists with six. The Lady Monarch offense is first in the CAA with goals (37), assists (37), and points (111). Along with keeper Lauren Tupman, seniors Elizabeth Brewster and Marilee Mastaler continue to anchor a defense that has allowed only eight goals this season and has posted nine shutouts. Tupman's goal against average 0.58 in 14 games.

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