Lady Monarchs Host Drexel, Hofstra This Weekend in Final Two Home Games

October 21, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 21, 2004

NORFOLK, VA -The Old Dominion women's soccer team will host their final two home games of the season this weekend, taking on Drexel Friday at 4:00 and Hofstra Sunday at noon.  Both games are the first part of double-headers with the men's soccer team.  The Lady Monarchs have won three straight Colonial Athletic Association games for the first time in program history, and have won four of their last five games overall.  ODU is 7-5-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the CAA, placing third behind VCU and Hofstra. 


Drexel is currently 4-9-4 and 0-4-2 in the CAA.  The Dragons are coming off a scoreless tie against George Mason last Sunday, October 17.  The Lady Monarchs are 2-0 all-time against the Dragons, winning a 2-1 decision in Philadelphia last season.  Drexel is led in scoring by Freshman midfielder Alexandra Yiantsos with nine points (three goals, three assists) and Junior Midfielder Casey Miller with eight points (four goals).  Sophomore goalkeeper Melissa Stuhler has two shutouts for the season. 


Hofstra comes to Norfolk with a 10-4-1 overall record and 4-2-0 CAA record.  The defending CAA regular season champions have reached the 10-win mark in seven of their past eight seasons.  ODU is 0-2 all-time against the Pride, dropping a 1-0 decision in Heampstead, NY in 2003.  The Pride is coming off a 1-0 home win over JMU after a heartbreaking 3-2 double-overtime defeat to George Mason.  Hofstra's remaining games this season are all on the road.


The Lady Monarchs are attempting to qualify for the six-team CAA Tournament for the first time since the 2001 season.  ODU will face the top two teams in the conference in the next week, facing Hofstra Sunday and VCU Thursday, Oct. 28, in Richmond.  Both Hofstra and VCU are tied for first place in the current CAA standings.  ODU ends their regular season at UNC-Wilmington Saturday, October 30.

Junior Forward Laura Beeman (Chalfton, PA) was named CAA Player of the Week for the week ending October 10.  Beeman scored the game-winning overtime goal against William & Mary in Williamsburg Oct. 7, off a penalty kick.  Beeman leads all Lady Monarch scorers with 22 points (nine goals, four assists).  As a program, ODU's 22 goals is already eight more than was scored during the entire 2003 season.