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Monarchs Prepare to Face No.1 Seed Duke in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament

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ODU (13-4-1, 6-1-1 C-USA) vs. No.1 Seed Duke (13-3-1, 7-2-1 ACC)     

Game Info – Friday, November 12 at 6 p.m. ET          

Location – Koskinen Stadium (Durham, N.C.)          

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NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion women's soccer team prepares to head to Durham, North Carolina to play No. 1 seed Duke, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 12. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m. 

ODU (13-4-1, 6-1-1 C-USA) is coming off a history making 1-0 win over Southern Miss to win the Conference USA Tournament for the first time. Morgan Hall scored the lone goal of the match to lift ODU to victory while Megan Watts was credited with the assist. Hall led the Monarch offense with four shots while Watts, Yuliia Khrystiuk and Carla Morich had two shots apiece. Kasey Perry played the full 90 minutes in the net for ODU recording three saves and notching her ninth shutout of the season.  

Senior Captain Emily Roberts was named Defensive MVP while Morich was named Offensive MVP for the Tournament. Perry received All-Tournament honors as well as junior, midfielder Ece Turkoglu. Prior to the Tournament, Roberts was named C-USA Defender of the Year and Perry the C-USA Goalkeeper of the Year. The seniors were joined by Turkoglu on the All-Conference First Team. Morich and Gry Boe Thrysøe received Third Team honors, along with Thrysøe making the All-Freshman Team. Angie Hind also received recognition from C-USA earning the Conference USA Coach of the Year.  

Old Dominion has been to the NCAA Tournament one other time since the programs start in 1994. During the 2006 season, the Monarchs won the CAA Championship and punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time, but fell 4-0 to Wake Forest in the first round.  

Duke (13-3-1, 7-2-1 ACC) is coming off a 2-1 loss to Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The Blue Devils entered the Tournament as the No.3 seed while Wake Forest was the No.6 seed. Olivia Migli scored the lone Duke goal to tie the Demon Deacons, but fell seconds later. Michelle Cooper led the Blue Devils with seven shots, three on goal, and one assist. Cooper was named the ACC Freshman of the Year while also being named to the All-ACC First Team. The All-ACC First team also included Tess Boade and Ruthie Jones, while the second-team included Sophie Jones. 

ODU and Duke most recently matched up in September of 2018 when ODU fell 1-0.