Tanner's goal Lifts Monarchs over No. 15 VCU, 1-0
By ODU Athletics
|ODU Junior Mabricio Wilson|
Both teams played to a scoreless draw in the first half of play, with the Rams holding a slight advantage in shots at 5-4. But early in the second half, VCU committed a foul inside the box, leading to Tanner's fateful penalty kick.
On the stroke, Tanner blasted the ball deep into the far left side as Rams keeper Adam Mead made the diving save attempt. It was Tanner's 15th goal of the season, tops in the CAA.
Both teams had several scoring opportunities in the second half, with VCU?s Emmanuel Tetiot lofting a shot just inches over the goal with less than five minutes to play and Tanner missing two one-on-one's.
The game demonstrated magnificent defensive play as Mead recorded three saves in the second half and Old Dominion senior keeper Chuck Connelly (Rockville, MD).
registered six saves and helped the Monarch defense shutdown a frustrated duo of All-CAA forwards in VCU's Kevin Jeffrey and Ricardo Capilla.
For the Monarchs, it marks the first time in team history that they have won six CAA games, while they continue to improve upon their best season since 1991. The team travels to CAA-foe Richmond on Tuesday night, October 26, at 7:30 pm. A win or a tie,and the Monarchs clinch their first-ever CAA regular season title.
SCORING SUMMARY VCU 0 0 0 ODU 0 1 1
ODU 48:00 Jimmy Tanner on a penalty kick
SHOTS: VCU (12), ODU (8)
CORNERS: VCU (4), ODU (4)
GOAL SAVES: VCU (3), ODU (6)
FOULS: VCU (10), ODU (17)