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Lauren Tupman Becomes All-Time Leader in Shutouts As ODU Ties Hofstra, 0-0

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: October 10, 2008
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Oct. 10, 2008

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NORFOLK, Va. -- Senior Lauren Tupman became the all-time leader in shutouts with 15 in her career as ODU (10-2-1/3-1-1) played to a scoreless draw with the Hofstra Pride (7-4-2/4-0-1). Hofstra extended their CAA shutout streak to eleven games and ODU extended their home scoreless streak to six. Tupman made eight saves, including several sensational game-savers, in the blanking to pass Sharon McLellan (1996-98) on the all-time shutout list.

ODU looked to break the Pride's scoreless streak just five minutes into the game as it looked as if the Lady Monarchs had gotten one by the Hofstra keeper. with 39:18 on the clock, senior Shavon Knight made a turn in the box and touched it to senior Katie Watson, who poked it in from just a few yards out. The goal was turned away, though, as the line judge called offsides.

The Lady Monarchs dominated possession in the first half, and took seven shots in the frame. Freshman Victoria Johnson also had a solid shot in the 23rd minute, as she singlehandedly beat four defenders in the box before making a pass to Watson, but it was a foot too long for the finish.

In the second half, ODU started off much the same, with freshman Jocelyn Weidner putting one off the post in the 55th minute of play. On a restart from a yellow card, Watson put a ball into the box that Hofstra failed to clear. Weidner knocked a low line drive into the left post for the missed opportunity. Both teams were plagued by the left post, as each had several shots glance away in the game.

Tupman made a trio of terrific stops in the 60th minute of play. Laura Greene unleashed a spinner to the left side of the goal and Tupman dove to her left, just getting her hand on it sending the ball out of bounds. On the ensuing corner, the Pride took two shots from less than eight yards out and the senior netminder made two more great stops.

The overtime periods saw just a few chances for each club, as the best shot for Hofstra came from Brittany Butts. The liner was knocked away by the left post, though, and ODU would control the attack for the remainder. Hofstra's best chance in the game came from Erika Fuertes, who touched the ball past Tupman and had an open net with no one around. Fuertes, though, rolled the ball into the left post and the ODU defense cleared it out before a second shot could be made.'

Krystal Robens played the full 110:00 for Hofstra in goal and made five saves. Tupman also played the full game and made eight saves in the contest. Fuertes and Courtney Breen led the way with three shots apiece for the Pride while ODU had three players with three shots in the game.

ODU posted it's eighth shutout on the season, leaning on seniors Marilee Mastaler, Elizabeth Brewster, junior Brittney Kortz, and freshman Lisa Bernardini on defense. The quartet lowered the teams goals against average to 0.60 for the season with the effort.

ODU returns to the field on Sunday as they host Northeastern (7-5-1/3-2-0) at 1:00 pm. The Huskies fell to William & Mary tonight, 3-2.

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