Lady Monarchs Kicking Off 2007 Season Sunday

September 01, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 1, 2007

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NORFOLK, VA -- The Lady Monarch soccer team will kick off the 2007 season Sunday as they host the Greyhounds of Loyola College (Md.) at 1:00 pm. The game will be the first step toward defending the program's first ever CAA title. The Greyhounds (0-1) are pre-season favorites in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference and are ranked 15th in the region by SOCCER BUZZ Magazine. ODU Seniors Lisa McKenzie and Beth Messier look to lead the team in the midfield while returning high goal scorer Shavon Knight returns at forward. Kick-off is set for 1:00 pm. Admission is free for ODU students.

Game Preview:
Loyola is ranked 15th in the region by SOCCER BUZZ Magazine while the Lady Monarchs are ranked 10th.
This will be the first matchup in seven seasons between the two teams. The all-time series is knotted up at 1-1 with Loyola taking a 0-3 win in 1996 and the Lady Monarchs winning 3-1 in 1999.

About Loyola College (Md.):
Loyola College is a significant addition to the non-conference schedule for Joe Pereira and the Lady Monarchs. It means that ODU kicks off the 2007 season against the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference's pre-season favorite. The Greyhounds have won either the conference regular season title or the conference tournament title in each of the last eight seasons.
The team is also ranked 15th the region by Soccer Buzz Magazine. Loyola boasts a solid defense, including the 2005 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, Sarra Moller. Last season, the Greyhounds finished with a 10-7-2 record and were bounced from the conference tournament by Siena in the semi-finals, 1-0.
Loyola played James Madison University Friday night and dropped a 1-0 decision to the 2006 CAA runner-ups.

Returning Potent Attack:
Last season, the Lady Monarchs were extremely difficult to shutout. In 23 games, ODU was held empty just once, a new record for the program. It wasn't until the final game of the season when the Lady Monarchs faced the tenth seeded Wake Forest team on the road that they suffered their only shutout of the season.
The loss ended Old Dominion's 22 match streak of games with at least one goal scored. They also scored a record high eight goals against Fairleigh Dickinson. The potent attack was not stifled in overtime, as the Lady Monarchs won all three contests in the 2006 regular season that made it to extra time.

CAA Pre-Season Poll:
1. William & Mary (10) 120
2. James Madison (1) 100
3. Old Dominion (1) 96
4. UNC Wilmington 90
5. Hofstra 84
6. Va. Commonwealth 77
7. Northeastern 62
8. Delaware 49
George Mason 49
10. Towson 29
11. Georgia State 24
12. Drexel 12

Teams received 11 votes for a first place vote, 10 for a second, etc.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team