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ODU Advances To NCAA Second Round With Thriller Over Winthrop

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: November 11, 2006
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Nov. 11, 2006

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NORFOLK, Va. (November 11, 2006) - Old Dominion men's soccer advanced in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003, edging Winthrop 4-3 on penalty kicks after the two squads were scoreless in double-overtime on Saturday afternoon at the ODU Soccer Stadium.

The Monarchs (13-5-2) advance to Wednesday's second-round contest at 14th-seeded University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. at 7:00 p.m. The Tar Heels (11-5-3) received a first-round bye.

The Eagles completed their season 15-3-4.

Winthrop jumped ahead 2-1, before Old Dominion tied the penalty kick shootout 3-3 with one Winthrop shooter left. The Eagles' goalkeeper Patrick Mitrovich took the fifth shot which hit the left post sending the game into extra PK's. Old Dominion's Greg Mottinger's shot saw the back of the net in the sixth round and Winthrop's David Kenga's shot was deflected by Monarch goalkeeper Evan Newton, allowing ODU to advance to the second round.

The Monarchs outshot the Eagles 14-4 and held Winthrop shotless in the first half of regulation. Winthrop's Mitrovich finished the match with six saves, while ODU's Newton did not face any shots on goal.

"I would give my defense an A+ [because] they contained a team that scored 51 goals this year," stated ODU Head Coach Alan Dawson. "Evan is a freshman, but he has a lot of experience in goal. Today he was the hero."

Old Dominion advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2003 with a 6-3 win over N.C. State, but fell to Maryland 2-1 to finish that season 15-4-1. A year ago, the Monarchs received a first-round bye, but fell to Wake Forest 2-1 in the second round.

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