Lady Monarchs Head North For Two CAA Games

October 04, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 4, 2007

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NORFOLK, Va. -- ODU heads back on the road again, as eight of the teams first 12 games come away from home turf. This weekend ODU will face two CAA opponents after opening up 1-1 in Colonial play last weekend. The Lady Monarchs will face the Huskies of Northeastern and the Pride of Hofstra. Friday, against Northeastern, kick-off is set for 6:00 pm. Sunday's game against the Pride will begin at noon.

ODU has limited experience against Northeastern, but notched two wins in the all-time series last season. Old Dominion leads the series 2-1. Hofstra has gotten the better of ODU in the past, as ODU is just 1-4 against the Pride.

In The Polls
Old Dominion has been in the SOCCER BUZZ Magazine Mid-Atlantic Region Top 15 all season and are currently ranked 12th. Hofstra is ranked 4th in the Northeast Region.

Nationally Ranked
Janna Pearson ranks 14th in the nation in assists per game at 0.71. Lizzy Brewster, who has scored in each of the Lady Monarchs last five games, and Shavon Knight are both listed among the nation's top 100 scorers. Knight ranks 59th while Brewster is 98th in points per game. They are tied for 62nd in goals per game.

Offense a Brewin'
Lizzy Brewster has come on VERY strong since being moved to the front line earlier this year. Brewster was an anchor on the defensive line until being moved up front during the NC State game. She has scored five goals, one each in the last five games amd she's already eclipsed her two-year total for points in her career in just five games.

Dominant Defense
The Monarchs have only allowed more than one goal in a game once this season. This obviously can be attributed to stellar goalkeeping (Lauren Tupman and Colby Owen have combined for a 0.96 GAA) but more importantly, the back four for the Monarchs have been near impregnable.

Dani Hammer, Saratu Dodo, Marilee Mastaler, Lizzy Brewster and ODU's first off the bench Brittney Kortz have been as solid as it comes. Omitting an NC State game where ODU was testing a new shape, the defense has given up just 72 shots on the season. The defense in the second half has been even more impressive, allowing just 21 shots and two goals in the second frame in those seven games.

Last season, ODU broke a team record with a goals against average of 1.06. The Lady Monarchs back line is working to ensure they best that mark again in 2007.

                 Colonial Athletic Association Standings

Team CAA Overall W-L PCT W-L PCT 1. James Madison 2-0-0 1.000 9-1-0 .900 2. Hofstra 2-0-0 1.000 8-1-0 .889 3. William & Mary 2-0-0 1.000 7-3-0 .700 4. Va. Commonwealth 2-0-0 1.000 5-4-1 .550 5. Towson 1-1-0 .500 7-2-0 .778 6. Old Dominion 1-1-0 .500 5-2-1 .688 7. Delaware 1-1-0 .500 5-4-0 .556 8. George Mason 1-1-0 .500 5-4-0 .556 9. Georgia State 0-2-0 .000 5-4-0 .556 10. Drexel 0-2-0 .000 4-4-1 .500 11. UNC Wilmington 0-2-0 .000 4-4-1 .500 12. Northeastern 0-2-0 .000 2-6-1 .278