Men's Soccer Team Falls to the Thundering Herd, 1-0
The Monarch Men’s Soccer team took on Marshall University’s Thundering Herd on a cold and rainy Saturday night. The Monarchs, ranked fourth in Conference USA and 20th in the nation, fell to the Thundering Herd after a late second half goal. This loss happened on Senior Night and was a tough one for the Monarchs.
“Definitely a tough loss, we had a lot of chances,” Alex Tiesenhausen said. “Yeah, it’s devastating, it was our Senior Night and we had high goals.”
Tiesenhausen, Old Dominion’s junior keeper, had successful night despite the loss. Tying his season-high number of saves, Tiesenhausen held off seven shots during the game.
Both team’s keepers held their own in the first half with a score of 0-0. As the second half started the rain picked up and so did the action. The Monarchs best opportunity came from the foot of Ivan Militar in the 65th minute but was deflected by the crossbar.
“We wanted this one for our fans, and as a senior you could feel that pressure; we just couldn’t capitalize,” Militar said.
Militar, who has scored on multiple free kicks this season, had another chance on a free kick in the 70th minute. The attack was held off by the Marshall wall of defenders.
The Monarchs’ fate was sealed when Marshall’s Trevor Starcher scored a loose ball off of a corner kick in the 82nd minute of play. As the second half wound down so did the rain, but the weather had made its impact.
“Well, the rain makes it faster of course, but it shouldn’t be an issue. I think the rain should have been an advantage for us because we are technically a good team,” Tiesenhausen said.
The fourth-seeded Monarchs will start their post-season play against fifth-seed Florida International University. As the returning conference tournament champions, Old Dominion feels the pressure. The Monarchs look to shrug off the last few losses and draws as they enter the post season.
“We wanted to finish our season really well and it didn’t work out, but we got to look forward and keep our heads up,” Tiesenhausen said.
Despite a loss in the last home game of the season, the Monarchs will look to rebound in Florida and enter tournament play as the defending champions of the conference.