Hopkinson Leads No. 6 ODU Over Seton Hall In Stihl Classic Opener
NORFOLK, VA--ODU Junior forward Tim Hopkinson scored three goals and assisted on two others to lead the sixth ranked Monarchs to six second half goals in a 6-0 victory over Seton Hall in front of 1,097 at the 37th annual ODU Stihl Soccer Classic. In the other contest, VCU defeated Winthrop, 3-0.
ODU (3-0) and Seton Hall (2-3) were scoreless in the first half, but the Monarchs offense got into gear three minutes into the half as Hopkinson got a pass from Gideon Asante for a 1-0 lead. Hopkinson scored again five minutes later on a pass from Jordan LeBlanc off a free kick, then Hopkinson assisted on the next two goals by Ivan Military and Chris Harmon. Hopkinson finished the hat trick with 13 minutes left on as assist from All American Yannick Smith. Smith, who missed ODU's first two games with an injury scored the final goal of the match off a steal.
The Monarchs outshot Seton Hall, 21-4 overall and 10-1 on shots on goal for their third shutout this season.
The six goals is the most since the Monarchs defeated Longwood in the 2003 Classic, 6-0.
The Stihl Soccer Classic returns to action on Sunday as VCU plays seton Hall at 12 noon, followed by ODU and Winthrop at 2:30 at the ODU Soccer Complex.
In game one, VCU (2-0-2)defeated Winthrop (2-2) , 3-0 on goals from Kharlton Belmar Juan Arbelaez in the first half. After an OWN goal to give the Rams a 2-0 lead, Jason Johnson scored on a penalty kick for a 3-0 victory. VCU goal keeper Andrew wells had two saves in the shutout as the Rams outshot the eagles, 16-6 overall and 7-2 in shots on goals.