It was the first CAA game of the season for both teams.
Dukes redshirt sophomore Tim Whitebread (McLean, Va./McLean) set up the game-winning goal, sending the ball into the box on a square pass from the left side of the field. An on-rushing sophomore Josh Grant (Plymouth, England/Torpoint College) beat Hofstra junior goalkeeper Roberto Pellegrini (Rome, Italy/Bolzanovo) with a shot from six yards with 17:35 left in the game.
The Dukes have not lost a home game the last two seasons, and their 15-game (13-0-2) unbeaten streak is a school record. JMU entered the game riding a 14-game streak, which matched the 14-game (13-0-1) unbeaten streak set over the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
JMU did not trail in the game, taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman Tom Fouhy (Buckinghamshire, England/Dr. Challoner's) in the 33rd minute. Senior Paul Wyatt (Modbury, England/Ivybridge) sent a ball from the middle of the box to Fouhy on the left side. Fouhy sidestepped two defenders and sent a 10-yard shot into the left side of the net.
Minutes later, however, Hofstra junior Chris Griebsch (Dessau-Rosslau, Germany/Jena) sent a free kick from 28 yards out on the right side into the upper left corner of the goal. The tying goal came in the 37th minute.
JMU out-shot the Pride 12-7, and redshirt junior goalkeeper Colin Newcity (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) made two saves. Pellegrini also finished with two saves.
"We were a little lethargic in the first half. We scored a nice goal, and then we gave up a
nice goal," said JMU head coach Tom
Martin. "It was all about making
a couple of little adjustments at halftime and getting our energy level up, and
working for each other and pressuring the ball, and that's what led to the
"They take a lot
of pride in (the unbeaten streak). Very few
people win a lot of games in a row at home.
We're proud of the accomplishments the kids put together to get that
done -- this year's group and last year's group," said Martin.