Soccer Monarchs 26th In College Soccer News Pre-season Poll

August 03, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Aug. 3, 2011

NORFOLK, VA--The ODU Soccer Monarchs who reached the NCAA second round last season are ranked 26th in COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS pre-season poll released today.

The Monarchs will be led by All-CAA returnees Jordan LeBlanc , a Jr. midfielder, sophomore forward Gideon Asante, along with senior defender Tommy Webb, Junior midfielder Chris Harmon, sophomore defender Alex De John and junior forward Yannick Smith.

Under the direction of head coach Alan Dawson who is beginning his 15th season, the Monarchs have reached the second round of the NCAA College Cup seven times in the last nine years. Last season, ODU defeated second ranked North Carolina in the regular season and 2009 National Champion Virginia In the NCAA College Cup first round.

The Monarchs open the 2011 season at home with an exhibition match against Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Aug. 16th at the ODU Soccer Complex.

ODU will host the Stihl Soccer Classic, Sept. 9 and 11 which will include Monmouth, William and Mary and East Tennessee State. The Monarchs regular season home opener is Aug. 28 against Navy. On the road, ODU will travel to North Carolina on Sept. 27th and play in West Virginia's Tournament, Sept. 2 and 4.

CAA home matches include Delaware, VCU, UNC Wilmington, Georgia State, Hofstra and Drexel.

1.  Louisville
2.  UCLA
3.  North Carolina
4.  Akron
5.  SMU
6.  Creighton
7.  Connecticut
8.  Maryland
9.  UC Santa Barbara
10. Brown
11. Notre Dame
12. Virginia
13. Boston College
14. California
15. Indiana
16. Duke
17. Ohio State
18, Michigan State
19. Loyola Marymount University
20. Penn State
21. Michigan
22. West Virginia
23. Charlotte
24. Florida Gulf Coast University
25. Wake Forest
26. Old Dominion
27. Monmouth
28. University of Central Florida
29. Denver
30. Furman

Others Receiving Votes: South Carolina, Penn, Georgetown, Providence, Santa Clara, William and Mary, Butler, Princeton, Dartmouth, UMBC, College of Charleston, High Point