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Mace & Crown | April 22, 2018

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Monarch Soccer Woes Continue as They Run Out of Time

Monarch Soccer Woes Continue as They Run Out of Time
Harry Howard Jr
Sports Editor

Old Dominions men’s soccer team lost its third straight game to Conference USA’s leader South Carolina. It’s been six games since the Monarchs have stepped off the field with a victory as they now sit with an overall record of 3-6-2 and are dead last in the Conference at 0-3-1.

The Gamecocks are now 9-4-1 overall and remain undefeated in conference play at 4-0-1. South Carolina spread the wealth with three different players scoring in the match. They didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard as they found the back of the net in the 15th minute. Danny Deakin who leads them in assists got the ball to Bjorn Gudjonsson for his fourth goal of the season. Gudjonsson’s goal would be the only score of the first half.

In the 47th minute, Koty Milliard extended the lead to 2-0 with his first goal of the season and started a scoring outburst. ODU finally got on the scoreboard five minutes later when sophomore Johan De Picker scored for the first time this season but the Gamecocks quickly responded. Their leading scorer Danny Deakin drilled a free kick into the bottom left corner at the 54-minute mark to regain the momentum.

With a commanding 3-1 lead, South Carolina remained in control until the Monarchs made a late comeback attempt. At the 87th minute, ODU scored via an own goal when Gamecock defender Christoffer Ianev tried to clear Niko Klosterhalfen’s shot putting the Monarchs within one goal.

ODU outshot South Carolina 21 to nine and attempted more corner kicks, ten to four. The Gamecocks goalie William Pyle is the reason all those attempts only amounted into one goal, tallying six saves and improving his record to 9-2-1.

The Monarchs will be back on the field Oct. 26 looking to end their losing streak. Next they will travel to West Virginia for a matchup against Marshall.