NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion women’s soccer team (8-3-2, 2-3-0 C-USA) overcame two deficits to defeat Middle Tennessee (5-7-1, 2-2-1 CUSA) by 3-2 score in the first overtime session on Friday night at the ODU Soccer Complex.
In the 10th minute, Hannah Tillett converted a penalty kick to give the Blue Raiders an early 1-0 advantage.
ODU answered in the 24th minute, when Talia Tapper finished a Kyra Ricks pass to tie the match at 1-1. Old Dominion outshot MT 12-2 in the opening 45 minutes of play.
Middle Tennessee took a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute off a Peyton DePriest goal.
It was Ece Turkoglu who tied the game at 2-2 in the 83rd minute off a Tapper assist, sending the match into overtime.
Seven minutes into the first overtime, Megan Watts finished an assist from Emily Roberts, lifting the Monarchs to a 3-2 victory in conference play on Friday night.
For the match, ODU outshot the Blue Raiders 22-4, as well as took five of the game’s six corner kicks.
Old Dominion will return to the pitch on Thursday, Oct. 17, when the Monarchs play host to Florida Atlantic for a 7:00 p.m. start, which will stream on C-USA TV. Thursday night’s match will serve as ‘Pack the Park Night’, which allows free admission to all of the public.
Women’s Empowerment Night Friday’s game served as an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the impact women have had in supporting, leading and teaching the players on the women’s soccer team at ODU, while giving them the platform to be the student-athletes that they are today. This influence has had an effect to not only empower them but also to give them the confidence to empower the next generation of young women. ODU women’s soccer players are role models to over 70 young girls in the community, who participate in the Monarch Soccer Sister program; with the example of female role models in mind, the team is conscious of the impact they can have on young girls through their actions on and off the soccer field, leaving behind a legacy of leadership, stewardship and empowerment.