No. 17 Monarchs Travel to Towson For Saturday Afternoon Match

October 14, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 14, 2011

NORFOLK, VA-- The ODU Soccer Monarchs hit the road again for a Colonial Athletic Association match at Towson Saturday at 1 p.m. The 17-ranked Monarchs have won four straight matches, and are 3-2 away from home.

ODU is currently tied with JMU for first in the CAA, both with 4-1 league marks. The Monarchs defeated William and Mary, 3-0 Wednesday night, while JMU lost to VCU.

Junior Yannick Smith, the CAA Player of the Week and National Player of the Week by TopDrawersoccer and College Soccer News leads the Monarchs and CAA in scoring with 12 goals and 25 total points.

Sophomore Gideon Asante leads the team with six assists, followed by Tim Hopkinson and freshman Ivan Militar with four assists each. Hopkinson and Asante both have four points each.

ODU's defense has allowed only nine goals with five shutouts. Junior goalkeeper Victor Francoz has a 0.92 goals against average (0.60 in CAA games) and an .827 saves percentage.

Through five CAA matches, the Monarchs have outscored its opponents, 12-3 with three shutouts.

SERIES VS. TOWSON- ODU leads the series, 8-6-3. ODU won, 4-1 in last year's meeting.

The Tigers are led in scoring by Olakunle Banjo with three goals and two assists for eight points. Christian Hofer is second with three goals. The Tigers have four players with two assists i Phil Martinelli, Javier Bermudez, Enrico Skrypzak and Matteo Vertucci along with Banjo.

The Monarchs return home on Oct. 19th when they host Georgia State at 7 p.m.

CAA Standings
JMU            4-1  8-2 -1
Old Dominion   4-1  8-2
William & Mary  4-2  7-5
Georgia State  3-2  9-3 -1
VCU            3-2  8-5
Northeastern   3-2  7-4 -1
George Mason   2-2 -1  5-4 -3
Drexel         2-2 -1  3-7 -2
Delaware       2-3  7-3 -1
Hofstra         2-3  5-6
UNC Wilmington  1-5  3-9
Towson           0-5 1-8-1