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Senior tri-captain Jason Gannon and the Dukes host Florida Atlantic, UNC Asheville and St.Courtesy: JMUSports.com
JMU Men's Soccer Notes, Aug. 31, 2011
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:08/31/2011

Head Coach:  Tom Martin, 26th JMU season, 321-134-48; 35th career season, 440-169-58

JMU Last Season:  9-7-2 overall; 4-6-1 (tied eighth) Colonial Athletic Association

This Week:
JMU hosts Florida Atlantic, North Carolina Asheville and St. Bonaventure in the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Invitational Tournament on Sept. 2 and 4.

Tournament Schedule
Friday, Sept. 2
St. Bonaventure vs. UNCA
, 5 p.m. Live Stats
JMU vs. FAU, 7:30 p.m. Free Live Internet Audio | Live Stats
Sunday, Sept. 4
St. Bonaventure vs. FAU
, 12 noon Live Stats
JMU vs. UNCA, 2:30 p.m. Free Live Internet Audio | Live Stats

Live Internet Coverage for Sept. 2 JMU-FAU and Sept. 4 JMU-UNCA Games:  MadiZONE, the Internet audio and video source of JMU Sports, will provide free and live audio play-by-play coverage of the Dukes' matches against FAU (7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, pre-game at 7:15) and UNCA (2:30 p.m. Sept. 4, pre-game at 2:15). An archive of the production will also be published online. 

Last Week:
JMU's season-opening home game against Richmond on Aug. 27 was cancelled due to inclement weather.  A make-up date has not yet been announced.

Did You Know?
 While the majority (18 of 31) of JMU's players are from Virginia, the Dukes' 2011 roster includes five players from three other states (Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) and eight from six other countries (Canada, England, Iceland, Jamaica, Switzerland, Trinidad).

Scouting Florida Atlantic:  The Owls are unbeaten (1-0-1) after opening their season with a 3-1 win at Florida Gulf Coast on Aug. 26 and a 1-1 overtime tie at Florida International on Aug. 28.  FAU, located in Boca Raton, Fla., is a member of the Mid-American Conference.  The MAC's top team is defending NCAA champion and 2009 NCAA runner-up Akron.  In a vote of the league's head coaches, Florida Atlantic was picked to finish seventh in the seven-team league.

The Series with Florida Atlantic:  The teams have met twice previously, both in games in a tournament at Florida International in Miami in the early part of this decade.  JMU won both matches by one-goal margins.

JMU vs. Florida Atlantic All-Time
JMU leads the series 2-0-0.
Home:  0-0-0
Away:  0-0-0
Neutral:  2-0-0

Date, Result, Score, Site
9/28/01, W, 1-0, Neutral+
9/26/03, W, 3-2, Neutral+
+ Florida International/Umbro Invitational

Scouting UNC Asheville:
  The Bulldogs are 0-0-1 after opening their season with a 1-1 overtime tie with Mercer in a home game on Aug. 27.  UNCA was picked to finish eighth in the 10-team Big South Conference in a vote of the league's head coaches. 

The Series with UNC Asheville:
  The teams have met only once previously, more than two decades ago.  JMU won that match 4-0.

JMU vs. UNCA All-Time
JMU leads the series 1-0-0.
Home:  1-0-0
Away:  0-0-0
Neutral:  0-0-0

Date, Result, Score, Site
10/29/89,W, 4-0, Home

National RankingsSix JMU opponents (North Carolina, West Virginia, William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth, Old Dominion, Northeastern) are ranked or are receiving votes in the latest national polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, College Soccer News). 

JMU Opponents in the National Polls (Aug. 29/30)
School, Game Date, Site, Ranking*
North Carolina, Sept. 13, away, 3rd/2nd/2nd
West Virginia, Sept. 28, home, 12th/10th/14th
Northeastern, Oct. 1, home, votes/nr/nr
Virginia Commonwealth, Oct. 12, away, votes/nr/nr
William and Mary, Oct. 19, away, 8th/19th/15th
Old Dominion, Oct. 26, home, votes/25th/26th
*NSCAA/Soccer America/College Soccer News

In the Region:  Five CAA members are ranked or receiving votes in the Aug. 30 South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA).  Ranked are William and Mary (#2), Virginia Commonwealth (#4), Northeastern (#6), Old Dominion (#7) and Delaware (#8).
     Other JMU opponents ranked in region polls include North Carolina (#1 in South) and West Virginia (tied #1 in Northeast).

Earlier Notes
Aug. 24

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