Klamut, Smith goals lift Lady Monarchs to first win of the year in convincing fashion
The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs got on the board on Friday afternoon, defeating the East Carolina Pirates 2-0 to earn their first victory of the year at the ODU Soccer Complex.
This game marks ODU’s first home game—and win—as a member of conference USA.
ODU set the tone for the game early, with junior forward Jesse Klamut scoring in the tenth minute off an assist from fellow sophomore and forward Jordan Jones.
Head coach Joe Pereira admitted that this effort hasn’t been present all season long but he’s nonetheless impressed by their collective effort.
“You immediately get a bounce on that and we kept that bounce and we kept going at it from that perspective and we not only played forty-five [minutes] , we played ninety which we haven’t been doing, so to do a complete effort, we are very, very pleased,” Perreira said.
The next seventy-odd minutes was a defensive struggle, with neither team scoring despite a late push by the Lady Pirates. The Monarchs held off three ECU corner kicks over a span of less than five minutes with seventeen minutes left in the game.
ODU also benefitted from solid goalkeeping from freshman Meredith Lennox who made four saves for her first shutout of the year.
Old Dominion’s junior forward Taylor Smith would tack on an insurance goal in the 86th minute off a free kick to seal the Monarch’s first victory of the year in front of a packed, homecoming crowd. The victory ended ODU’s nine game winless streak and provided an invaluable morale boost.
“It’s incredible. It’s so difficult to do, and we’ve been in such a rut…finding ways to fall short, not getting it done and all of sudden, step up in our first home game in Conference USA, start the homecoming weekend. Wow,” the junior forward said.
ODU’s record now sits at 1-8-1, with their next home game coming against Middle Tennessee State on October 18th.
***Due to time constraints, these stats do not include the UTSA game this past Sunday afternoon. For that score and other updated statistics, head to odusports.com.
By Nathan Budryk
Assistant Sports Editor