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33RD Stihl Soccer Classic Begins Friday

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: September 11, 2008
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Sept. 11, 2008

Friday:
• Gametracker - William & Mary vs. Central Florida
• Video - William & Mary vs. Central Florida
• Gametracker - Old Dominion vs. Massachusetts
• Video - Old Dominion vs. Massachusetts

Sunday:
• Gametracker - William & Mary vs. Massachusetts
• Video - William & Mary vs. Massachusetts
• Gametracker - Old Dominion vs. Central Florida
• Video - Old Dominion vs. Central Florida


NORFOLK, VA--The 33rd annual Stihl Soccer Classic begins this weekend, Sept. 12 and 14 with host Old Dominion, Massachusetts, Central Florida and William and Mary, at the ODU Soccer Complex. action begins Friday, Sept. 12 with William and Mary against Central Florida at 4:30 followed by the ODU-Massachusetts match at 7 p.m. On Sunday, W&M will play UMass at 12 noon followed by ODU and UCF at 2:30.

The Minutemen of Massachusetts compiled a 17-8 record and reached the NCAA College Cup semi-finals last year. UMass (2-1) is led by 2007 third team NSCAA/adidas All-American and UMBRO National Player of the Year, goalkeeper Zack Simmons. He currently has a 0.96 goals against average. Senior forward Prince Ofosu leads the team with two goals and sophomore midfielder Ben Arikian is second with one goal, and one assist for three points. UMass is coached by Sam Koch, now in his 18th season.

The Monarchs (1-2-1) who have reached the NCAA round of 16 each of the last two years rallied to defeat UNC Greensboro, 2-1 Sunday. Both of ODU's losses were third ranked SMU and 11th ranked St.John's. Leading the Monarchs is pre-season All-CAA, Co-Player of The Year, and pre-season All-American Trevor Banks (Madison, WI.) leads the Monarchs into this weekends event, as well as 2007 All-CAA Rookie selection T.J. Beaulieu(Apex, NC.) . The sophomore forward scored two goals for ODU In the second half against UNCG.

Junior Midfielders Dylan Montambo (Chesapeake, VA.), and Nane Joseph (Yaounde, Cameroon) assisted on the goals. The Monarchs lost All-CAA goalkeeper Evan Newton (Virginia Beach, Va.)for the season with a broken bone in his left elbow. Sophomore Brennan Kirkpatrick(Shreveport, LA.) and freshman Michael Roura (Middletown, NJ.) have stepped into the keeper position playing in two matches each for ODU. Kirkpatrick has a 0.45 goals against average in two matches, including a shutout.

William and Mary (1-0) is led by junior forward Price Thomas. A second team All-CAA selection in 2007, Thomas scored seven goals and assisted on three others. He is a pre-season All-CAA selection as well. Junior Andrew Hoxie had a goal and an assist in the Tribes 2-1 win over UNC Greensboro.

Central Florida (1-2) is led by 2007 All-Conference USA selection Ryan Roushandel, and sophomore keeper Sean Johnson. Johnson was named Conference USA's Defensive Player of the week after a six save match in a win over Stetson. The Knights are coached by Bryan Cunningham who is in his second season.

In the previous 32 years, ODU has won the Queen's cup 12 times and William and Mary has won the event three times. The Queen's Cup was originally presented to ODU in 1976 by the British Royal Navy in honor of Queen Elizabeth.

Tickets for the Stihl Soccer Classic are $5.00 for adults, and $4 for youth, senior citizens, military and faculty staff. For more information, please call the ODU Athletic Ticket Office at 683-4444.

 

NORFOLK, Va. -- Can't make it to all the fall sports action at ODU? Monarch All-Access video is now available for all home men's and women's soccer and field hockey home events (weather permitting).

Watch all home games live from the comfort of your computer for $6.95 for a month or $49.95 for a year's subscription, which will also include men's and women's basketball during the winter months and baseball and women's lacrosse during the spring.

Check out the line-up available this weekend:

Video: Friday - September 12th Stihl Soccer Classic: Men's Soccer - William & Mary vs. Central Florida Men's Soccer - Old Dominion vs. Massachusetts

Sunday - September 14th Stihl Soccer Classic: Men's Soccer - William & Mary vs. Massachusetts Men's Soccer - Old Dominion vs. Central Florida

Livestats are also available for no charge for all home men's and women's soccer and field hockey contests and select roads contests this fall.

Check out the play-by-play available this weekend:

Gametracker: Friday - September 12th Stihl Soccer Classic: Men's Soccer - William & Mary vs. Central Florida Men's Soccer - Old Dominion vs. Massachusetts

Sunday - September 14th Stihl Soccer Classic: Men's Soccer - William & Mary vs. Massachusetts Old Dominion vs. Central Florida

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