Monarchs Have A Diverse Roster
Consider Alan Dawson part soccer genius and part family man.
The 2012 Old Dominion University men’s soccer team is a perfect blend of his ability to cultivate soccer ability and to nurture personalities into a cohesive group.
With 10 starters returning from a team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, Dawson knew the 2012 squad had the potential to take the next step. Thanks to balance and chemistry, ODU (8-1-2 through matches played Oct. 13) has climbed to #8 in the NSCAA rankings, and is #2 in the South Atlantic Region behind the University of Maryland.
The Monarchs have climbed back into the Top 10 thanks to a roster filled with players from Bermuda, Ghana, France, England, Jamaica, and Hungary as well as players from all over the United States, including six from the state of Virginia, four from the state of Texas, and three from the state of New Jersey, as well from four other states.
“This is a well-balanced group,” said Dawson, who is in his 15th year at ODU, and 24th overall. “Of the five seniors, one of them is an international (goalkeeper Victor Francoz) with a good pedigree. All of them are strong and are kind of the backbone of the team.”
Dawson said it has taken ti…
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