Lady Monarchs Stomp Roadrunners
Old Dominions women’s soccer (4-7-0, 2-1-0 C-USA) shut out UTSA (5-6-0, 1-1-0 C-USA) 3-0 at the ODU Soccer Complex. The Lady Monarchs had a rough start in the first part of their season but starting the Conference USA play has rebooted the bunch.
It was the Monarchs second straight shutout and all three goals were the players first of the season.
Coach Hind spoke about the goal saying, “You could see the excitement that’s when you know you have real togetherness on your team when everyone’s so excited when someone scores. It was great for Maddie to get the first one and then Devin got on the score sheet. This environment and atmosphere is just fantastic.”
The Lady Monarchs attacked early and often scoring twice in the first 15 minutes of the match. On their first goal Deirdre Bradley passed it up to defender Maddie Morningstar, who lofted it up from outside the penalty box. UTSA goalie Michelle Cole jumped attempting to save it, but Morningstar put in the perfect spot to take a 1-0 lead.
Minutes later Iris Achterhof kicked in the corner that bounced off a defender before Kira Laurento kicked in the back of the net for 2-0 lead.
“The two goals in the first half really set us up,” Coach Hind said.
For the rest of the half, the score remained the same but the Lady Monarchs continued to attack, outshooting UTSA ten to four and taking four corner kicks to their two.
After the halftime break, ODU continued to apply pressure and possessed the ball more than the Roadrunners. With a commanding lead, the Monarchs rotated in some fresh legs.
“We had so many players on the field a lot of freshmen got on the field and made an impact,” coach Hind said.
At the 62nd-minute mark, Old Dominion scored the final goal of the game on another corner kick. Achterhof played it in crossing the ball to the other side of the goal to Natalie Johnson who headed it to Devyn Hannis to extend the lead to 3-0.
For the game, the Lady Monarchs outshot UTSA 14 to six and held the advantage in corner kicks seven to five. ODU Goalie Krista Moisio is now 4-7 this year and had one save as completed her second shutout of the season.
“It’s a scrappy one, there’s gonna be games like this. We can’t always win playing perfect soccer what we can take away from this game is our ability to battle, compete, and find a way to win the game,” Coach Hind said.
On Oct. 9 the Lady Monarchs will travel to play Florida International in another conference matchup. At 2-1 in conference play, the Monarchs need these games to secure a spot in the Conference USA Tournament because only the top eight teams earn a bid. The tournament will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nov. 2-6.