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ODU Releases 2012 Soccer Schedule

Article Written by Carol Hudson, Jr.
Published: July 11, 2012
<p>&nbsp;</p> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;"><strong>ODU RELEASES 2012 MEN&rsquo;S SOCCER SCHEDULE</strong></span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Monarchs will play George Mason on Fox Soccer Channel National Game of the Week</strong></span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Schedule will feature three NCAA national seeds from a year ago</strong></span></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 10pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">NORFOLK, VA&mdash;The ODU men&rsquo;s soccer squad&rsquo;s 2012 schedule will feature games against&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; three national seeds from last year&rsquo;s NCAA College Cup which include national semifinalist Creighton, fifth seeded Maryland and 14<span style="font-size: xx-small;"><sup>th</sup></span> seed JMU. ODU will also host George Mason on</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">Friday night, Sept. 28<span style="font-size: xx-small;"><sup>th</sup></span> on the Fox Soccer Channel, in the national game of the week.</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">In all, the Monarchs play five teams from last year&rsquo;s NCAA Tournament.&nbsp; ODU head coach Alan Dawson&rsquo;s Monarchs have reached the NCAA College Cup eight of the last 10 years, including last year, after a 12-6-2 mark. ODU finished second in the CAA and reached the league championship match. Dawson is ODU&rsquo;s winningest coach in school history and reached the 300 career win plateau last season.</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">The Monarchs open the regular season on Aug. 25<span style="font-size: xx-small;"><sup>th</sup></span> at home against the Naval Academy. After</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">a road game at Central Florida, who reached the NCAA second round, ODU returns</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">home for the 37th Stihl Soccer Classic which will include VCU, Winthrop, and Seton Hall.</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">ODU will play Seton Hall in the Classic opener, following the VCU-Winthrop matchup on Sept. 7th, and then play Winthrop on Sunday, Sept. 9th after the VCU-Seton Hall contest. </span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">The following weekend, the Monarchs travel to Omaha, NE., to play in Creighton&rsquo;s Tournament Sept. 14 and 16 which will include a game against the Blue Jays who were a national number two seed last year and reached the NCAA semifinals before losing to Charlotte. </span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">The Monarchs return home to host Maryland, last year&rsquo;s number five national seed on Sept. 18<span style="font-size: xx-small;"><sup>th</sup></span>.</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">The Terps ranked third nationally in scoring at 2.29 goals per match.</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">ODU begins CAA play on Sept. 22 at Drexel before returning home for the nationally televised</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">match against George Mason on Sept. 28. </span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">The Monarchs will play home matches against James Madison on Oct. 3, and William and Mary on Oct. 17.&nbsp; In a rematch of last year&rsquo;s CAA Championship, ODU travels to Delaware for an Oct. 7 matchup. The Monarchs will play two exhibition matches, starting on Aug. 14 at Georgetown and Aug. 18 at home against George Washington.</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">The Monarchs ranked second nationally in goal scoring, averaging 2.4 goals per game last season.&nbsp; ODU returns all but one starter led by All-American forward Yannick Smith along with All-CAA returnees Victor Francoz (GK), Tim Hopkinson (F), Gideon Asante (MF) as well as co-captains Chris Harmon (MF), Alex De John (D), and CAA All-Tournament selection Jason Gaylord (D).</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">Smith, a semifinalist for the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy led the CAA in goals with 16 and scoring with 34 total points. The first team All-CAA forward ranked 12th nationally in scoring and ninth in goals. Smith was named third-team All-American by the NSCAA and College Soccer News. He was named first team All-South Atlantic region, and VASID Soccer Player of the Year.&nbsp; </span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">Asante, a midfielder led the Monarchs with nine assists and added seven goals and 23 total points, and was a first Team All-CAA selection. He ranked 17th nationally in total assists and was named second team All-Region. </span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">Victor Francoz, a rising senior goalkeeper registered six shutouts along with a 1.38 goals against average and a .754 save percentage. Francoz was a second team All-CAA selection, and ranked 24th nationally with 86 total saves. He was a first team All-region selection. </span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">Hopkinson, a rising junior forward led ODU in game winning goals with four as he scored 10 on the season along with eight assists for 28 totals points. He ranked 24th nationally in goals scored and 20th nationally in assists. Hopkinson was a second team All-CAA and All-Region selection. Chris Harmon scored three goals and assisted on four others. ODU last played on the Fox Soccer Channel on Oct. 26<span style="font-size: xx-small;"><sup>th</sup></span>, 2006 against William and Mary.</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 10pt;"><strong>2012 ODU MEN&rsquo;S SOCCER SCHEDULE </strong></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Tue.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Aug. 14&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Georgetown (Exh.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Sat.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Aug. 18&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; George Washington (Exh.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Sat.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Aug. 25&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Navy&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Sat.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sept. 1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Central Florida&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>STIHL SOCCER CLASSIC at ODU</strong></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Fri.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sept. 7&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; VCU vs. Winthrop&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4:30 p.m.</strong></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ODU vs. Seton Hall&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:00 p.m.</strong></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Sun.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sept. 9&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Seton Hall vs. VCU&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 12 Noon</strong></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ODU vs. Winthrop&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2:30 p.m.</strong></span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Fri.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sept. 14 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Creighton&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:30 p.m.%</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Sun.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sept. 16&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ODU vs. Drake(at Creighton) 12 Noon %</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Tue.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sept. 18&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Maryland&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Sat.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sept. 22&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Drexel*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Fri.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sept. 28&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; George Mason*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;7:00 p.m.(Fox Soccer TV)</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Wed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oct. 3&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; James Madison*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Sun.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oct. 7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Delaware*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Sat.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oct. 13&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at UNCW*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Wed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oct. 17&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; William &amp; Mary*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Sat. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oct. 20&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Towson*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;7:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Wed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oct.24&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Georgia State*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TBA</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Sat.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oct. 27&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Hofstra*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;7:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Wed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oct. 31&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Northeastern*&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:00 p.m.</span></div> <div><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: small;">% Creighton Tournament in Omaha, NE. *CAA Regular Season matches</span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 10pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-bottom: 10pt;">&nbsp;</div>
 
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