Life can't get too much better for
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,
Ben Anderson netted a penalty kick in the 43rd minute, and Marcus Luster, Ryan Flesch and