NORFOLK, VA—The ODU Soccer Monarchs (6-3-1/3-1) moved up to 29th in the latest NCAA RPI rankings and senior Forward Tim Hopkinson was named National Player of the Week by the NSCAA and College Soccer News.
ODU’s RPI gain was 34 points from last week’s 63rd spot. The Monarchs have advanced to nine of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments with eight coming as an at large selection. ODU is one of five C-USA teams in the NCAA’s top 50 RPI. New Mexico is 14, while ODU has already beaten UAB who is 21, Charlotte who is 41 and Tulsa who is 44. New Mexico comes to ODU on Nov. 2.
Hopkinson scored the game winning goals in a pair of overtime matches at Charlotte on Wednesday and against No. 10 UAB Saturday as Old Dominion, won by identical 3-2 scores in both matches. Hopkinson now has four game-winning goals this season. He also earned his second Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week honor for his performance last week.
The Monarchs return to action Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in Miami, FL., when they travel to Florida International. The Monarchs return home to play Marshall on Oct. 23rd.