ODU's Oluwalana named CAA Rookie of the Week

September 03, 2002
By ODU Athletics

Sept. 3, 2002

Old Dominion men's soccer player Bamidele Oluwalana (Oslo, Norway) was named the Colonial Athletic Association's (CAA) Rookie of the Week for the first week of the season, Aug. 26-Sept. 1.

The freshman midfielder was awarded the honor after his heroics in the season opener against state rival Va. Tech. Sophomore Kevon Harris (Kingston, Jamaica), who tallied two assists, offered a long cross field pass to Oluwalana who secured it and scored the golden goal, the first of his career, only 18 seconds into overtime.

The Monarchs (1-0/0-0), who improved their record over the Hokies to 5-1-3, are ninth in the NSCAA/adidas regional rankings. CAA foes Virginia Commonwealth and James Madison are also in the rankings, at #4 and #6 respectively. VCU's Carlos Garay was named the Player of the Week after leading his team to two shutout victories in the Nike/Alltel Soccer Classic.

Old Dominion will next play host to nationally ranked Wake Forest this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the ODU Soccer Field. The Monarchs have secured only one victory in six chances with the Deacons. They are currently ranked #24 with a 1-0-1 record after playing St. Louis to a tie and defeating Akron 2-1.

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