Catamounts Pull Away in Second Half of ODU Soccer Classic
In the 41st annual ODU Soccer Classic opening game the Old Dominion men’s soccer team (2-1-1) faced off against the 23rd ranked team in the nation Vermont Catamounts (5-0-0). The Catamounts dominated throughout the game and came out on top with a final score of 3-1.
Bernard Yeboah scored the first goal of the match in the 31st minute to give Vermont a 1-0 lead. It was Yeboah’s seventh goal of the season in just five games. ODU didn’t take long to respond tying the game up just ten minutes later. Monarch Redshirt Freshman Sebastian Hauret kicked the corner kick and received it back, before crossing the ball over to fellow Freshman Doni Pollack, who headed it in to tie the game.
Pollock’s goal was his first career goal and ended Vermont’s three-match shutout streak. At halftime, the game remained tied at one and stayed that way for the first 15 minutes of the second half, until Vermont’s Loftur Eriksson made a penalty kick to put the Catamounts back ahead 2-1.
Vermont attacked the Monarchs defense all night long taking 23 shots compared to their 14 attempts. Corner kicks were another advantage for the Catamounts, taking nine corner kicks to the Monarchs six. ODU’s All-Conference goalie Alex Tiesenhausen did all he could to keep Vermont off the scoreboard, collecting nine saves in the game.
At the 74 minute mark, Vermont’s Shane Haley scored the final goal of the game to make the lead 3-1. From 30 yards out Haley drilled the ball high towards the goal. Tiesenhausen leaped as high as he could to get his hand on it, but the ball fell right in front of the goal before slowly rolling in.
Freshman midfielder Roger Rojas-Goodbold was one of seven Monarchs to play all 90 minutes of the game. Rojas-Goodbold received the team’s Man of the Match honors for his defensive performance. The game was very physical with ODU getting called for 18 fouls and Vermont being called for 11.
The Monarchs will be back on the field this Saturday, Sep. 17, hosting the Charlotte 49ers in their first conference game of the season at the ODU Soccer Complex.