NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion (12-5-2, 8-2-0 C-USA) men’s soccer team topped Charlotte in the C-USA Final on Sunday afternoon in front of over 800 fans at the ODU Soccer Complex, 1-0. The soccer Monarchs won their second C-USA title in school history.
Old Dominion’s lone goal came in the 28th minute by Niko Klosterhalfen. Klosterhalfen dodged a Charlotte defender and blasted one past the 49er goalkeeper.
“The first time was obviously special, it was the first (C-USA) one for the university but this one is even more special. We came into this season, we were picked seventh in the league, we finished second and won the trophy so I’m very happy,” explained head coach Alan Dawson.
Each goalkeeper had two saves a piece.
Old Dominion now has three C-USA titles as a university, two for men’s soccer and one by women’s golf.
Mertcan Akar tallied his fourth straight shutout and collects nine shutouts for the 2017 season so far. Four straight shutouts is the most since 2006, when the Old Dominion goalkeeper tallied five straight shutouts that season. On top of that, nine shutouts in one season is the most an Old Dominion goalkeeper has tallied since 2009, when they had 10.