Monarchs Extinguish Blazers in Draw
<h5>Harry Howard Jr
In the second game of their three-game road trip, the ODU men’s soccer team lasted two overtimes in a scoreless tie against the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The Monarchs are now 3-3-2 on the season, and still winless in conference play at 0-1-1. Coming off a 5-1 loss to VCU, their defense was much improved. Head Coach Alan Dawson said, “I am very proud of this young team as we battled hard for 110 minutes against a good UAB team for the tie. This will prove to be a valuable point for us down the road in Conference USA. We must continue to improve and take positive steps going forward.”
Early on in the first half, UAB had the better opportunities, however, they just couldn’t capitalize. In the 23rd minute, William White maneuvered his way up the field getting off a shot that was saved, but Massimo Franklin followed it firing it wide of the goal.
Tiesenhausen, who allowed three goals in the VCU loss, showed why he’s a two-time Conference USA selection against the Blazers. Earning the Man of the Match for the Monarchs, he faced 16 shots and saved seven of them in his second shutout of the season.
For the match, ODU attempted just 10 shots in 110 minutes of play compared to the 16 UAB tries. Joe Kuzminsky was able to match Tiesenhausen stellar play gaining his own shutout in the opposite goal. Kuzminsky collected two saves in his fourth shutout of the season.
Jesse Miralrio and Roger Rojas-Goodbold were the leading attackers for the Monarchs offense, taking three and two shots respectfully. The rest of the team only combined to take five shots at Kuzminsky. Late in the second half, Miralrio got one of the best scoring chances of the game off of a shot on target aimed at the upper left corner, but Kuzminsky was able to get his right hand on it. It would be the last shot attempted of regulation.
In the first overtime period neither team ended up taking a shot. The final overtime each team had a chance to get on the scoreboard. UAB’s freshmen midfielder Chase Rushing’s attempt was deflected away before Sebastian Hauret drilled a shot off the post in the 105th minute. ODU has won the last seven contests against UAB.
ODU will end its three-game roundtrip on Oct.1 at CCU Soccer Stadium against Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. The Chanticleers are coming off an upset win against the 20th ranked Radford Highlands, who the Monarchs beat earlier this season 1-0.