Overtime Heart-Breaker Leaves ODU 1-1 in C-USA
The Old Dominion men’s soccer team lost a heartbreaker to Kentucky on Friday night, as they were defeated 2-1 on a Brad Doliner overtime goal with 1:55 left in the first overtime that lifted the Wildcats on the road before a crowd of 854 at the ODU Soccer Complex. The loss dropped the Monarchs to 4-3-1 overall and 1-1 in Conference-USA play, while Kentucky improved to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in the C-USA.
The game was as hard-fought as the Monarchs could’ve played, as ODU matched Kentucky punch for punch, but ultimately it just wasn’t the Monarchs’ day.
ODU had plenty of opportunities in the game, but only capitalized on one with sophomore defenseman Michael Nelson scoring a goal off a corner from the foot of junior Hungarian forward Ivan Militar in the 77th minute.
Both of Kentucky’s goals were scored by the redshirt senior defenseman Doliner, one of which was the game winner in the final minute of the first period of sudden death overtime. Doliner’s other goal came in the 51st minute off a corner kick by Isak Krogstad. Justin Laird then gathered the ball and passed it to Doliner for the game-winning goal.
Monarch redshirt senior goalie Sean Stowe guessed right, deflecting the shot, but it still found its way into the back of the net to give Kentucky the 1 to nil lead that they would take into halftime.
Adding to the plethora of drama, the Monarchs and the ever-present Monarch faithful were devastated when an apparent 89th minute Militar goal was waived off, denying the Hungarian homecoming glory in front of a packed house.
Goalkeeper Stowe (Midlothian, Va.) played fairly well, recording three saves, but took the tough loss, bringing his record to 4-2-1.
In some injury news, star forward Tim Hopkinson suffered a gruesome injury about halfway through the second half. While defending a corner, Hopkinson gashed his head and had the leave the game and head to the hospital to get stitched up for cut suffered on the left side of his head.
The Monarchs outshot the Wildcats 17-14 as goalkeeper Callum Irving recorded six saves including two in the overtime period. Stowe made three saves in the contest.
Due to post-game fireworks to celebrate the beginning of the Conference USA era at Old Dominion, players were unavailable to comment after the game.
By Nathan Budryk
Assistant Sports Editor