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ODU Wins Stihl Classic Title With 3-2 Win

Article Written by Carol Hudson, Jr.
Published: September 9, 2012



No. 6 Monarchs defeat Winthrop 3-2


NORFOLK, VA.—Tim Hopkinson, Chris Harmon and Gideon Asante each scored a goal to lift the ODU Soccer Monarchs (4-0)

To a 3-2 victory over Winthrop in the 37th annual Stihl Soccer Classic. The sixth ranked Monarchs win the tournament title based on

most goals scored in the tournament.


Hopkinson,a junior forward and tournament MVP put the Monarchs on the board first with a goal with a little more than 22 minutes left in the first half on A pass from Gideon Asante, but six minutes later Winthrop got the equalizer as Achille Obougo got a pass in the box from Tomas Brennan

and the two teams went into halftime tied at 1-1.  Hopkinson finished the two-day tournament with four goals and four assists.


In the second half with 13:08 left Chris Harmon put the Monarchs up 2-1 with an assist from Tim Hopkinson with a quick pass in the middle.

ODU made it 3-1 on a goal by Gideon Asante with an assist from All-American Yannick Smith off a break-a-way.


Winthrop cut it to 3-2 on an un assisted goal by Mason Lavallet.


Joining Hopkinson on the All-Tournament team were teammates Jordan LeBlanc, Gideon Asante, and Chris Harmon. VCU had Jason

Johnson, Romena Bowie and Juan Arbalaez, while Patrick Barnes and Tomas Brennan of Winthrop and Eric lag and John Gurel of Seton

Hall round out the team.


ODU outshot the eagles, 24-4 overall and 12-2 on shots in goal as Winthrop goalkeeper Tom Banfield had nine saves on the day.

The Monarchs return to action next weekend in Omaha, NE. at the Creighton Soccer Classic. ODU will open with eighth ranked

Creighton who reached the NCAA Final Four last year on Friday, then play Drake next Sunday, before returning home on Sept.18

to take on second ranked Maryland.  


In the earlier match, VCU defeated Seton Hall, 5-1 led by two goals by Jason Johnson.   


Winthrop  1-1=2

ODU            1-2=3

22:54 ODU Tim Hopkinson from Gideon Asante

28:16 WIN  Achille Obougou from Tomas Brennan

77:41 ODU Chris harmon from Tim Hopkinson

86:52 ODU Gideon Asante from yannick Smith

88:32 WIN  Mason Lavallet


Shots: ODU (24), WIN (4)

SOG: ODU(12), WIN (2)

Corners: ODU (13), WIN (2)

Saves: ODU- Francoz (0) –WIN – Banfield (9)



VCU  2-3=5

SHU  1-0=1

18:11 VCU Jason Johnson from Joseph Haboush and Romena Bowie

20:09 SHU Max Garcia on Penalty Kick


60:25 VCU Devon Fisher from Juan Arbelaez

67:53 VCU Jason Johnson from Romena Bowie

79:34 VCU Dennis Castillo from Mario Herrera Merz


Shots: VCU (20), SHU (6)

SOG: VCU (11), SHU (2)

Saves: VCU – Wells (1), SHU-Bonder (6)



ODU based on total  goals scored

VCU is second



Tim Hopkinson – ODU (MVP)

Jordan LeBlanc – ODU

Gideon Asante – ODU

Chris Harmon – ODU

Jason Johnson –VCU

Romena Bowie – VCU

Juan Arbalaez – VCU

Patrick Barnes – Winthrop

Tomas Brennan – Winthrop

Eric Lagg –seton Hall

John Gurel –Seton Hall



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