YANNICK SMITH’S TWO GOALS LEAD ODU OVER VCU, 4-0
NORFOLK, VA—Old Dominion University junior forward Yannick Smith (Hillsborough, NJ.) scored two goals to lead the Monarchs (6-2/2-1) to a 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association win over VCU (6-5/1-2) Wednesday night. Sophomore Tim Hopkinson added a goal and an assist for the 21st ranked Monarchs.
Midway in the first half Smith got a serve from sophomore forward Tim Hopkinson (Nottingham, England) and hit it into the left side for the Monarchs first goal.
ODU took a 2-0 lead with less than 10 minutes left as Hopkinson was fouled in the box and scored on the penalty kick. Smith added his second goal off a break by sophomore midfielder Gideon Asante (Sunyani, Ghana) who fed him in front of the net where Smith pushed by the keeper.
The Monarchs fourth goal came with 1:12 left in the match as Jordan LeBlanc nailed an unassisted free kick.
Smith leads the Monarchs with 17 total points on eight goals, and one assist. Hopkinson and Asante
follow with 12 total points on four goals and four assists each.
ODU outshot the Rams, 16-11 overall and 11-2 in shots on goal. The four goals were the most given up
by the Rams this season. This was ODU’s second straight CAA shutout and fourth overall this season
for junior keeper Victor Francoz (Fleurieu Sur Saone, France) and the Monarch defense headed by
senior Tommy Webb (Auckland, New Zealand), Ryan Oakes (Virginia Beach, VA.), Alex De John (Malboro, Nj.) and Drew Smith (Brick, NJ.).
ODU returns home on Saturday night to take on the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington at 7 pm.
18:24 ODU Yannick Smith from Tim Hopkinson
35:38 ODU Tim Hopkinson on Penalty Kick
57:32 ODU Yannick Smith from Gideon Asante
88:17 ODU Jordan LeBlanc
Shots: VCU(11), ODU (16)
SOG: VCU (1), ODU (11)
Corners: VCU (5), ODU (4)
Saves: VCU-Josh Pantazelos (7), ODU-Victor Francoz (1)