No. 11 ODU Defeats Georgia State On Hopkinson's Game Winner
Oct. 19, 2011
NORFOLK, VA--ODU sophomore forward Tim Hopkinson's (Nottingham, England) "Golden Goal" with 7:16 left in the first sudden overtime period lifted the 11th ranked Monarchs to a 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Georgia State Wednesday night at the ODU Soccer Complex. The win keeps the Monarchs in a tie for first with JMU who beat William and Mary.
The Monarchs have now won six straight matches to improve to 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the CAA, while the Panthers of Georgia State fall to 10-4-1 overall and 4-3 in the CAA.
ODU jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Yannick Smith (Hillsborough, NJ.), the nation's fourth leading scorer with 14 goals on an assist from freshman Ivan Militar( Szeged,Hungary) 15 minutes into the half.
In the second half Gideon Asante (Sunyani, Ghana) scored in the on an outlet pass from Alex De John (Marlboro, NJ.). " Up 2-0 with three and a half minutes left, felt like a comfortable lead. But gave up a PK due to miscommunication and that gave them life. I'm most proud at how we responded to adversity. Instead of hanging our heads after the second goal we jumped on them early in overtime.We've been through this before and we have experienced guys who know how to handle these situations. You have to grab all the points you can at home because points are hard to get, but overall I feel great about the win."- ODU head coach- Alan Dawson.
The Panthers rallied with two goals in the final four minutes on a penalty kick from Stephen McGill after an ODU foul in the box. Ayokunle Limpkin got the equalizer with 1:30 left in regulation on assists from Stephen McGill and Michael Nwiloh.
In the extra period Asante dribbled baseline then crossed to Hopkinson, the CAA co-player of the Week in front of the net who beat the goalkeeper for the golden goal winner. Asante almost scored earlier in the extra period.
The last time ODU won six in a row was in 2007. Smith leads ODU and the CAA with 29 total points on 14 goals and one assist. Tim Hopkinson is second with 20 points on eight goals and four assists, followed by Gideon Asante with 19 points on five goals and a CAA best nine assists.
Hopkinson has four game winning goals this season.
ODU hosts Hofstra Saturday night at 7 p.m.
GSU 0-2-0=2 ODU 1-1-1=3
30:02 ODU Yannick Smith from Ivan Militar 78:20 ODU Gideon Asante from Alex DeJohn 86:29 GSU Stephen McGill on Penalty Kick 88:34 GSU Ayokunle Lumpkin from Stephen McGill and Michael Nwiloh 92:44 ODU Tim Hopkinson from Gideon Asante
Shots: ODU (14), GSU (12) SOG: ODU (10), GSU (4) Corners: ODU (3), GSU (5) Saves: ODU- Victor Francoz (2), GSU-Vincent Foermer(7)