ODU Defeats ETSU, 4-0 In Stihl Soccer Classic
NORFOLK, VA--Sophomores Tim Hopkinson (Nottingham, England) and Gideon Asante (Sunyani,Ghana) both scored a goal and assisted on another to lead No. 22 Old Dominion to a 4-0 victory over 19th ranked East Tennessee State Friday night in the 36th annual Stihl Soccer Classic in front of a crowd of 1,132 at the ODU Soccer Complex.
In the other match 13th ranked Monmouth defeated 16th ranked William and Mary, 1-0. ODU will meet Monmouth Sunday at 2:30, while the Tribe will play ETSU at 12 noon.
"The key to the game was the goal at the end of the half, that was a critical goal for us and that gave us momentum for the second half," said ODU head coach Alan Dawson. "Monmouth is very well coached, very well organized squad.It'll be a very very difficult game. If we could get that crowd we had tonight for every game we might win a few games."
For 44 minutes ODU and ETSU were scoreless and the Bucs had not given up a goal in their previous three matches. With 39 seconds left in the half senior Tommy Webb (Auckland, NZ) got a pass from Gideon Asante and pushed in through to give the Monarchs a1-0 halftime lead.
In the second half Yannick Smith (Hillsborough, NJ.) , the CAA co-player of the week stole the ball and got a break-a-way then passed to Tim Hopkinson for the goal to give ODU a 2-0 lead. Hopkinson then assisted Ivan Militar (Szeged, Hunguary) on a goal with 25 minutes left. ODU's fourth and final goal came on an un assisted goal by Asante who scored in a crowd in front of the net.
The Monarchs outshot ETSU, 16-11 overall and 8-4 on shots on goal. Junior keeper Victor Francoz (Fleurieu Sur Saone, France) had four saves and the shutout for ODU.
In the earlier game, George Quintano got a long pass from Anthony Vazquez and then RJ Allen with 21 minutes left to lift Monmouth to a 1-0 win over William and Mary.
ETSU 0-0=0 ODU 1-3=4
44:21 ODU Tommy Webb from Gideon Asante 57:24 ODU Tim Hopkinson from Yannick Smith 75:46 ODU Ivan Militar from Tim Hopkinson 80:31 ODU Gideon Asante
Shots : ODU (16),ETSU( 11) SOG: ODU (8), ETSU (4) Corners: ODU (8) ,ETSU (9) Saves: ODU_Francoz(4),;ETSU-Ryan Coulter(4)
GAME ONEW&M 0-0=0 MON 0-1=1 69:26 MU George Quintano from RJ Allen and Anthony Vazquez
Shots: W&M (7),MU(12) SOG: W&M (1), MU(4) Corners: W&M (4), MU (2) Saves: W&M-Bennett Jones (3), M