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Soccer Monarchs Crack Nation's Top 10

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: October 24, 2011
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Oct. 24, 2011

NORFOLK, VA-- The ODU Soccer Monarchs (11-2/7-1), winners of seven straight games cracked the nation's top 10 for the first time since 2006 at number seven by TopDrawerSoccer and a number eight ranking by the NSCAA and College Soccer News.

ODU sophomore forward Tim Hopkinson (Nottingham, England) garnered national honors as he was named to the national teams of the week as chosen by College Soccer News and TopDrawerSoccer after recording a game-winning overtime goal at Georgia State and three assists in a win over Hofstra last week. Hopkinson now has eight goals and seven assists for 23 total points which ranks second on the team, and third in the CAA.

The Monarchs hit the road Wednesday night for a match against 17th/21st ranked James Madison (11-2-1/7-1) as the CAA's top two teams tied for first place meet at 7 p.m. in Harrisonburg, Va.

Previously ODU had been ranked in the nation's top ten in 1981, 1991, 2003, 04, 05, and 06 with the highest ranking ever on Oct. 6, 2003 at number two.

In other CAA statistics, junior Yannick Smith (hillsborough, NJ.)leads the CAA in total points (32), points per game (2.46) and goals (15). Gideon Asante (Sunyani, Ghana) leads the CAA in assists with nine while Hopkinson is second with seven and freshman Ivan Militar (Szeged,Hungary) is seventh with five. Hopkinson (4) and Smith (3) are also in the top two of the CAA in game winning goals.

As a team, ODU leads the CAA with 39 goals which is 3.0 per game while giving up just 14. Monarch head coach Alan Dawson is one win shy of 300 for his collegiate career (299-121-35). The four-time CAA Coach of the Year is in his 24th season as a collegiate head coach and 15th at ODU.

In the latest NCAA statistics, ODU leads the nation in scorin at 3.0 goals per game and are second nationally in total goals with 39. Yannick Smith ranks third nationally at 2.46 per game and leads the nation with 1.15 goals per game. Gideon Asante leads the nation with a 0.69 assist per game average.


College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll for the Week Ending October 23, 2011

1.Maryland 13-1-2
2.New Mexico 13-0-2
3. UCONN     31-1-2
4.Creighton 13-2
5. North Carolina 11-2-2
6. Akron 11-2-2
7. South Florida  11-2-1
8.  ODU     11-2
9. UC Irvine  13-4
10. UCLA  10-4-1
11. Central Florida 9-2-2
12. St. Johnson 10-4-2
13. Boston College  11-4
14. Charlotte  10-3-2
15. Notre Dame   7-3-4
16. Indiana 9-3-3
17. Coastal Carolina 13-2
18. Georgetown 9-3-4
19. UC Santa Barbara 9-5-1
20. San Diego State 9-3-2
21. James Madison 11-2-1
22. Louisville 8-5-2
23. Furman  11-2-4
24. Iona   13-3
25. Cornell   8-1-4

NSCAA NCAA Rankings National Men Division I 9th Poll - October 25, 2011

Rank School W-L-T 1 Maryland (10) 13 - 1 - 2 2 New Mexico (11) 13 - 0 - 2 3 Creighton 13 - 2 - 0 4 North Carolina (1) 11 - 2 - 2 5 Connecticut (1) 13 - 1 - 2 6 South Florida 11 - 2 - 2 7 Akron 11 - 2 - 2 8 Old Dominion 11 11 - 2 - 0 9 UC Irvine 13 - 4 - 0 10 Indiana 9 - 3 - 3 10 Central Florida 9 - 2 - 2 12 UCLA 10 - 4 - 1 13 Boston College 11 - 4 - 0 14 Notre Dame 7 - 3 - 4 15 SMU 9 - 4 - 1 16 Charlotte 10 - 3 - 2 17 Coastal Carolina 13 - 2 - 0 18 St. John's 10 - 4 - 2 19 Georgetown 9 - 3 - 4 20 Washington 10 - 3 - 2 21 James Madison 11 - 2 - 1 22 Louisville 8 - 5 - 2 23 UC Santa Barbara 9 - 5 - 1 24 Furman 11 - 2 - 4 25 Monmouth 11 - 4 - 0

TOPDRAWERSOCCER TOP 10 1. New Mexico 13-0-2 2. UCONN 13-1-2 3. North Carolina 11-2-2 4. Maryland 13-1-2 5. Creighton 13-2 6. South Florida 11-2-1 7. ODU 11-2 8. SMU 9-4-1 9. Akron 11-2-2 10. UC Irvine 13-4

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