ODU Defeats 13th Ranked Monmouth To Win Stihl Title
Sept. 11, 2011
NORFOLK, VA-- The 22nd ranked Old Dominion Soccer Monarchs(3-0) defeated 13th ranked Monmouth( 3-1) today 3-1 to take the title of the 36th annual Stihl Soccer Classic. ODU got goals from Yannick Smith (Hillsborough, NJ.) and Tim Hopkinson (Nottingham,England) and assists from Gideon Asante (Sunyani, Ghana) and Chris Harmon (Downingtown, PA.).
In the early match 19th ranked East Tennessee State defeated No. 16 William and Mary, 2-0.
Four Monarchs, Jordan LeBlanc (Haverford, PA.), Alex DeJohn (Marlboro, NJ.),keeper Victor Francoz (Fleurieu Sur Saone, France) and Tim Hopkinson were named to the All-Tournament team with LeBlanc being named Tournament MVP.
"I'm pleased. I felt we could have scored a few more goals, but at the end of the day just getting the win, plus scoring three goals was good. " said head coach Alan Dawson. I thought we created a lot of chances in the second half, and we were rewarded with a penalty kick." Jordan LeBlanc is Mr. consistent. He completes all his passes. He just does the right things. "
ODU scored twice in the first half as Yannick Smith got a deflected pass from Gideon Asante midway in the first half to give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead. After an OWN goal, the Monarchs took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Monmouth cut the lead, 2-1 early in the second half as Matt Beverin scored on assists from Kalie Sotka and Joseph Schmid.
12 minutes later, ODU got a little more breathing room when senior Chris Harmon cut around the Monmouth defense then dribbled down the end line and fed Hopkinson in front of the net for a 3-1 lead. ODU had one other scoring opportunity with a penalty kick, but Chris Harmon's shot was stopped by the Hawks Alex Blackburn.
ODU outshot Monmouth, 13-11 and 7-6 in shots on goals, while the Monarchs keeper Francoz had five Saves, as well help from the rest of his defense anchored by senior Tommy Webb.
The Monarchs return to action next Saturday night at Elon.
In the earlier match, ETSU got goals from Simon Schroettle and Frank Doumbe to defeat William and Mary, 2-0.
MU 0-1=1 ODU 2-1=3 25:23 ODU Yannick Smith from Gideon Asante 35:39 ODU OWN GOAL 57:06 MU Matter Beverin from Kalle Sotka and Joseph Schmid 65:35 ODU Tim Hopkinson from Chris Harmon
Shots: MU(11), ODU(13) SOG: MU (6), ODU(7) Corners: MU (5), ODU (4) Saves: MU- Alex Blackburn(4), ODU- Victor Francoz (5)
GAME THREE WM 0-0=0 ETSU 1-1=2 42:54 ETSU Simon Schroettle 83:15 ETSU Frank Doumbe from Aaron Schoenfeld
Shots: W&M(16), ETSU(12) SOG: W&M (6), ETSU (6) Corners: W&M (4), ETSU(6) Saves: W&M-Coln Smolinsky(4);ETSU-Ryan Coulter(6)
MONMOUTH Anthony Vazquez RJ Allen Joseph Schmid
W&M Andrew mahan Michael Teimann
ETSU Itude Fubara Aaron Schoenfeld