No. 28 ODU Hosts Delaware In CAA Opener

September 24, 2009
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 24, 2009

NORFOLK, VA-- The ODU Soccer Monarchs (5-1) host the Fightin' Blue Hens of Delaware (2-5) in the CAA opener for both teams Friday night at 7 p.m. in the ODU Soccer Complex.

The Monarchs rank 28 in the latest College Soccer News Top 30 poll and third in the NSCAA Regional Rankings behind Maryland and Virginia.

Delaware's two wins were, 2-0 victories over Navy and St. Joseph's. Junior forward Courtney Hewitt leds UD in scoring with three goals, while senior forward Darren Christie has two goals. Jon Scher leads the team with two assists. Christie leads the CAA with a 4.0 shots per match average.

In the series, ODU leads, 10-2. The Monarchs won last year, 4-0 while the Fightin' Blue Hens last win over ODU was in 2007, 2-0.

ODU is led by senior Nane Joseph with three goals, one assist for seven points. Bobby Foglesong, Ambane Emmanuel and stefen Rabben each have two goals, while freshman Shane Howard has four assists. Evan Newton has a 0.67 goals against average with three shutouts.

Nane ranks seventh in the CAA in total points and points per game. He is tied for fourth in the league in total goals made. Shane Howard is tied with CJ Sapong of JMU with four assists, while Evan Newton ranks third in the league in goals against average and save percentage (.840). He is second in shutouts.

NSCAA Regional Rankings
South Atlantic
1. Maryland
2. Virginia
3. ODU
4. UNC Wilmington
5. JMU
6. VCU
7. W&M
8. George Mason
9. Boston College
10. Liberty.

COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS TOP 30 1. Akron 2. North Carolina 3. Wake Forest 4. Maryland 5. California 6. South Florida 7. UCLA 8. Virginia 9. Harvard 10. Indiana 11. St. John's 12. Duke 13. UC Santa Barbara 14. Dartmouth 15. Monmouth 16. Louisville 17. Northwestern 18. Michigan State 19. Michigan 20. Crieghton 21. NC State 22. BU 23. UC Irvine 24. Cal State northdridge 25. Notre Dame 26. College of Charleston 27. UMBC 28. ODU 29. UW Green Bay 30. Loyola Marymount