HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 9, 2010 - The James Madison men's soccer team jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead and went on to beat Delaware 4-2 in Colonial Athletic Association action Saturday night at the JMU Soccer Complex.
JMU upped its overall record to 7-2-1 and its CAA record to 2-1-1. Delaware is 2-7-1 overall and 1-3-0 in league play.
Junior Patrick Innes (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale) scored twice, and sophomore Paul Wyatt (Modbury, England/Ivybridge) and senior CJ Sapong (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) netted the other two goals. Sapong also finished with two assists.
The Dukes got two early goals as JMU scored in the 10th and 13th minute of play.
The first goal was set up by Sapong, who lofted a ball from beyond the midfield line to the center of the field outside the penalty box. Wyatt controlled the pass and sprinted away from two defenders toward the right side of the box. As sophomore goalkeeper Brandon Paul (Flemington, N.J./St. Benedict's Prep) came out to defend the shot, Wyatt got past Paul on the right and hit the ball into the net from four yards out at 9:53.
Minutes later JMU got its second score, as Innes connected on a header off a cross from the left side from sophomore Markus Bjørkheim (Bergen, Norway/Fana Gymnas). The score came at 12:50.
JMU increased its lead to 3-0 when Sapong delivered a short pass to Innes, who blasted a hard shot from 23 yards out to the left corner of the goal at 39:16.
Delaware got on the scoreboard 14:46 into the second period, when junior Evans Frimpong (Accra, Ghana/Accra) converted a penalty kick to close the gap to 3-1.
Sapong pushed JMU's lead to 4-1 when he took a pass from freshman Steven Mashinski (Fairfax, Va./Chantilly) and hit a hard shot from 25 yards out to the right corner of the goal. The score came in the 77th minute.
Frimpong set up Delaware's second goal, sending a ball from the left side of the field into the far side of the box. Senior Jon Scheer (West Windsor, N.J./West Windsor Plainsboro South) redirected the ball into the left corner of the goal with just 3:06 left in the game.
Seven yellow cards (four to Delaware, three to JMU) were given and Delaware sophomore Greg Mallia (Northport, N.Y./St. Anthony's) received a red card in the 28th minute, forcing the Blue Hens to play a man down for the remainder of the game.
Delaware held a 23-21 advantage on shots. JMU senior goalkeeper Ken Manahan (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) made a season-high 12 saves, and Paul finished with eight saves. Dukes' redshirt sophomore Christian McLaughlin (Herndon, Va./Herndon) also was credited with a defensive save on a shot by senior Chibsah Faisal (Accra, Ghana/Prempeh College) in the 59th minute.
"The first half we strung a lot of good things together, (and scored) three very, very good, unselfish goals," JMU head coach Tom Martin said. "Second half we took our foot off the gas and subconsciously I think figured we'd win the game. We didn't keep the ball, we got selfish in the box and we didn't make the right final unselfish pass or (make) the right setup."
* CJ Sapong, the CAA leader in goals, assists and points, increased his season totals to nine goals, eight assists and 26 points.
Sapong now has career totals of 33 goals, 20 assists and 86 points. He remains in seventh place on JMU's career goals list, moved from tied for 17th to 14th place on the career assist list and moved from ninth to tied for eighth place on the career points list.