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Lady Monarchs Get Lone Goal in Double OT Victory [EDITED]

Lady Monarchs Get Lone Goal in Double OT Victory [EDITED]

Matt O’Brien

Staff Writer

Lady Monarch soccer honored their seniors on Oct.14 with a 1-0 victory over Southern Miss. ODU (5-8-1) dominated the pitch offensively and held Southern Miss (7-5-1) to just five shots all night.

‘”It was an exciting game. They are a really good team honestly. We gained a lot of momentum in the second half. It was a little emotional with it being senior night and we were very pleased to get those points tonight,” head coach Angie Hind said.

The Lady Monarchs honored their five seniors Carly Goldsborough, Grace Haverly, Kathryn Hill, Melanie Oakes and Thyla Peterson prior to the match with flowers and personal plaques with their parents by their side.

“As players, they are all so different. They have been great role models, great players, and also great students. What an absolute pleasure it’s been to coach them and we still have a lot of time left together,” Hind said.

With an emotional start to the night, it was a quiet first half on both sides. USM’s goalkeeper Brittany Taylor stopped everything the monarch offense sent her way. The monarch offense outshot Southern Miss 7-4 in the first half

“Our offense really got going there in the second half. We were taking the ball wide quite a bit we just couldn’t find the net,” Hind said.

ODU’s offense had their best half of this young season. Midfielders found forwards on the wing and ODU was able to cross the ball in the box time and time again. They added eight more shots on net in the second half and accumulated nine corner kicks to USM’s none.

“Our set pieces can use a little bit of work, but we were certainly generating opportunities out there. Credit to Southern Miss, they were resilient and they were dangerous on the break,” said Hind.

Despite the dominant offensive showing neither team had found the twine as time expired. In the first overtime, Southern Miss was able to control the ball but the results were more of the same, another scoreless period.

A ten minute second overtime period was short lived. Forward Iris Achterhoff, who was on the ball all night long was able to steal the ball and find Madison Hogan. Hogan in a one on one with the goalkeeper put the ball in the back of the net, beating the goalkeeper’s outstretched hands.

“It was a great goal for Maddie. That’s what she does best,” said Hind.

The 1-0 shutout was the third for the Old Dominion defense in their last five matches. The victory is the Lady Monarchs fifth of the season  and was a storybook ending on Senior Night.