Life can't get too much better for Old Dominion's men's soccer team, at least in the regular season.
Tim Hopkinson scored twice as the Monarchs (5-0) beat host Creighton -- which is ranked as high as No. 2 nationally -- 2-1 before 6,848 fans in a four-team event in Omaha, Neb.
ODU is ranked fifth by Soccer America, 11th by College Soccer News and 14th by the coaches.
The Blue Jays scored less than two minutes into the match on a goal by senior midfielder Jose Gomez with an assist from Jose Ribas.
The Monarchs got the equalizer with 20 minutes left in the half as Hopkins scored on an assist from senior Yannick Smith. The teams went into halftime even at 1.
With about 21 minutes remaining, Hopkinson -- last week's national Player of the Week -- scored his team-best seventh goal with an assist from senior co-captain Chris Harmon to put the Monarchs up for good at 2-1.
In the tournament's first game, William and Mary (2-2-1) beat Drake 4-1.
Ben Anderson netted a penalty kick in the 43rd minute, and Marcus Luster, Ryan Flesch and Chris Perez completed the Tribe's scoring against the Bulldogs (1-5-1).
Maria Caro lifted a shot for a goal in the 43rd minute as host William and Mary (6-1) scored its best win of the year, beating No. 11 Boston University 1-0. ...
No. 1 North Carolina beat No. 8 Old Dominion 3-2 in Chapel Hill despite goals by Rosario Villagra and Christy Longacre. ...
Taylor Young had two goals as Christopher Newport, ranked 14th in Division III, breezed past Randolph-Macon 5-1.
Jessie Kolden had 12 kills and Alyssa Kidd 28 assists as Christopher Newport, No. 4 in D-III, beat host Trinity 25-18, 25-15, 25-20 at a national-caliber event in San Antonio.
But the Captains then fell to No. 5 Emory of Atlanta, the team they beat to reach last season's Elite Eight. The Eagles pulled out a 10-25, 26-24, 25-17, 22-25, 15-12 victory. Kolden netted a career-high 21 kills in that match, and Bailey Jensen had 16 blocks for the day -- 12 versus Emory. ...
Hampton swept Howard 25-15, 25-17, 25-18, the first straight-sets win of the season for the Pirates (7-7).
Vendual Strakova, the reigning MEAC Player of the Week, led the Lady Pirates with 12 kills and nine digs. ...
Norfolk State lost 25-14, 25-15, 25-13 to Washington State at Air Force’s tournament despite Darcy Moore’s 19 assists and Charlotte Armstead’s six kills.
Maxwell Plarr was named CNU’s head coach. He is a former Captains sailor and assistant coach under Dan Winters, who retired this summer after coaching the Captains for 20 years. Winters will be a “Master Sailor” on the staff.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun