NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion men’s soccer [3-2-1, 0-1-0 CUSA] have their first road test on Tuesday, Sept. 20, as they travel to in-state rival VCU [1-5-0] for a 7 p.m.. non-conference match. The match begins a three-game road trip for the Monarchs who travel to Birmingham, Ala. for their second Conference USA match against the Blazers of UAB on Saturday, Sept. 24.
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Old Dominion [3-2-1, 0-1-0 CUSA]
ODU heads into Tuesday's match after dropping 2-0 to 9th ranked Charlotte in the Conference USA opener on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the ODU Soccer Complex. The 49ers kept the Monarchs out of the net for the teams’ first shutout loss.
Jesse Miralrio led the action Saturday night with four shots, one on goal, and leads the team with 24 on the season, while Doni Pollock recorded three shots, one on goal, against the 49ers.
Sebastian Hauret sits 3rd in the conference and 18th in the country, in assists per game (0.67) and is tied for 1st in the conference with Brant Bronico (Charlotte) in total assists with four.
Alex Tiesenhausen recorded three saves on 13 shots by No. 9 Charlotte giving up both goals of the night. Tiesenhausen is tied for 3rd in the conference in number of minutes played at 560:00 minutes. He sits 2nd in saves with an average of five per game, holds a 1.286 goals-against average and a 0.789 save percentage.
Virginia Commonwealth [1-5-0, 0-0-0 A-10]
VCU last played on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Charlottesville, Va. against the #17 UVA Cavaliers. The Rams were shutout by the Cavs 3-0 for their fifth loss of the season. VCU’s only win of the season came during the ODU Soccer Classic when they defeated then ranked #23 Vermont 2-1 in Richmond, Va.
Leading the Rams offense is Francesco Amorosino with two goals on three shots for a total of four points. Jorge Herranz, Eli Lockaby and Dakota Barnathan sit in a three-way tie for second with a goal and an assist each for three points.
Securing the backfield in the net for the Rams is junior goalkeeper Pierre Gardan. He has played 536:31 minutes in net allowing 15 goals for a 2.52 GAA while collecting 21 saves and a .583 save percentage.
The Monarchs hold the series lead at 24 wins, eight losses and five ties [24-8-5]. During the last encounter with the Rams in 2014, the Monarchs emerged victorious with a 2-1 win over their long-time in-state rival.
Jesse Miralrio commented about the series after the game Saturday night saying, "It means a lot. Ever since my freshman year the seniors have pumped me up for this game and I am going to try and do the same thing for these guys. It is a big in-state rivalry and you want to be the best in the state, so I am going to make sure we go out there ready to play."
Following Tuesday’s match the Monarchs have three days to prepare for their second conference match at UAB in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 24. First kick is set for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. EST.