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Christian McLaughlin leads the CAA and ranks second in the NCAA with seven assists.Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
JMU Men's Soccer Notes, Oct. 11, 2011
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:10/11/2011
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Head Coach:  Tom Martin, 26th JMU season, 329-135-49; 35th career season, 448-170-59

This Season:  8-1-1 overall, 4-0-0 in Colonial Athletic Association

JMU Last Season (2010):
  9-7-2 overall; 4-6-1 (tied eighth) Colonial Athletic Association

This Week:
JMU continues CAA play with an Oct. 12 road game at Virginia Commonwealth (7 p.m.) before returning home for an Oct. 15 match vs. George Mason (7 p.m.).  Live Stats (both games)

Last Week:
JMU kept its home unbeaten streak (7-0-0) intact as the No. 21 Dukes beat North Carolina Wilmington 1-0 on Oct. 5.  The Dukes then extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 overtime win at Delaware on Oct. 9.

Did You Know?   Redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin leads the CAA in assists with seven.  He has had an assist in the team's last four games.

Rising in the National Polls:  The Dukes moved from 21st last week to 17th this week (Oct. 11) in the Soccer America Top 25 poll.  Also this week JMU received votes in the NSCAA coaches Top 25 poll and the College Soccer News Top 30 poll. 
     On Oct. 4 JMU made its first national poll appearance of the season (see list below) after beating then No. 25 West Virginia 2-0 on Sept. 28.
     In the always-competitive CAA, JMU is one of six of the league's 12 teams to be ranked or to receive votes in the national polls this season.  That includes Old Dominion, which is currently ranked 21st by Soccer America and 17th in the NSCAA poll, and William and Mary, which is receiving votes in both the NSCAA and College Soccer News polls this week.

JMU Week by Week in the National Polls
Oct. 3/4:
  21st Soccer America; votes College Soccer News
Oct. 10/11:  17th Soccer America; votes College Soccer News; votes NSCAA

CAA Teams, Highest National Rank in 2011
George Mason, 18th (Soccer America Sept. 27)
JMU, 17th (Soccer America Oct. 11)
Northeastern, votes (NSCAA Aug. 29)
Old Dominion, 11th (Soccer America Sept. 13 & 20; College Soccer News Sept. 20)
Virginia Commonwealth, 16th (NSCAA Sept. 6)
William and Mary, 8th (NSCAA Aug. 29)

Scouting Virginia Commonwealth:  The Rams have a 7-5-0 overall record and are 2-2-0 in league play.  After opening its season with five straight wins, VCU dropped four in a row before rebounding to win two of its last three matches.
     In CAA competition VCU has wins over George Mason (1-0) and Hofstra (3-0) and losses to nationally-ranked Old Dominion (4-0) and Northeastern (2-1).  All but the Mason game were road contests.
     VCU was picked by the CAA coaches to finish second in the 12-team league.

The Series with Virginia Commonwealth:
  JMU leads the series 20-12-4 and but has beaten the Rams only once in the last five meetings (1-3-1 record).  Four of the last six meetings were decided by a single goal and another ended in a tie.  Since 2001 VCU holds a 7-4-1 lead in the series. 

JMU vs. Virginia Commonwealth All-Time
JMU leads the series 20-12-4.
Home:  12-6-0
Away:  6-6-4
Neutral:  2-0-0

Date, Result, Score, Site
9/22/78, W, 10-0, Home
10/23/80, T, 1-1, OT, Away
10/15/81, L, 5-6, Home
10/20/82, L, 1-2, Away
9/30/83, W, 3-1, Home
9/26/84, T, 1-1, OT, Away
9/25/85, L, 1-2, OT, Home
9/24/86, W, 4-1, Away
9/23/87, W, 5-0, Home
11/2/88, W, 2-1, Away
10/25/89, W, 3-0, Home
10/17/90, W, 2-1, Away
9/11/91, W, 4-0, Home
10/11/92, W, 3-0, Away
10/13/93, W, 1-0, Home
10/18/95, W, 5-1, Home
11/9/95, W, 2-1, Home*
10/16/96, W, 4-1, Away
10/15/97, W, 2-1, Home
11/12/97, L, 0-1, Away, CAA quarters
10/14/98, T, 0-0, 2 OT, Away
10/13/99, L, 1-3, Away
10/11/00, W, 2-1, OT, Home
11/10/00, W, 3-0, CAA semis
10/10/01, L, 0-1, Away
11/18/01, W, 1-0, CAA final
10/27/02, L, 1-2, Home (23/15t)
10/17/03, L, 1-3, Away
11/14/03, L, 0-3, Away, CAA semis
10/8/04, W, 3-1, Home
11/5/05, W, 1-0, Home
10/27/06, T, 0-0, 2 OT, Away
11/8/07, L, 1-2, Home
10/8/08, L, 0-1, Home
10/7/09, W, 2-0, Away
11/3/10, L, 2-3, Home

Scouting George Mason:
  The Patriots take a 4-4-3 overall record and a 1-2-1 CAA record into an Oct. 5 home game vs. Towson.
     In CAA play George Mason has beaten nationally-ranked Old Dominion (1-0), has dropped games to Virginia Commonwealth (1-0) and William and Mary (1-0) and has tied Drexel (0-0).
     George Mason was picked by the CAA coaches to finish fourth in the 12-team league.

The Series with George Mason:  George Mason leads 17-16-5 and won last year's meeting 3-0 in Fairfax.
     Two years ago the teams tied 3-3 in Harrisonburg.  Prior to that game, the previous three meetings were all decided by one goal.

JMU vs. George Mason All-Time
GMU leads the series 17-16-5.
Home:  7-8-2
Away: 7-7-3
Netural:  1-1-0
Site N/A:  1-1-0

Date, Result, Score, Site, Postseason
11/3/70, L, 0-9, n/a
10/16/71, W, 2-0, n/a
11/16/73, W, 3-1, Home, VISA/VCAA finals
11/13/74, T, 0-0, OT, Away, VISA/VCAA finals
10/24/81, L, 1-2, Away
10/30/82, L, 2-5, Home
11/12/82, L, 0-1, Away, VIL semifinals
10/22/83, L, 0-2, Away
10/21/84, L, 2-5, Home
11/9/84, L, 0-1, Charlottesville, Va. (UVa), VIL semifinals
10/19/85, L, 1-7, Away
10/19/86, L, 0-1, Home
10/17/87, T, 1-1, OT, Away
10/8/88, T, 1-1, OT, Home
10/7/89, T, 1-1, OT, Away
10/6/90, L, 0-1, Home
10/5/91, W, 1-0, OT, Away
10/3/92, L, 2-3, Home
11/6/92, W, 5-0, Norfolk, Va. (ODU), CAA semis
10/2/93, W, 1-0, Away
10/1/94, W, 2-1, OT, Home
9/30/95, W, 1-0, Away
11/10/95, L, 0-2, Home, CAA semis
10/5/96, W, 4-0, Home
10/29/97, L, 0-1, 2 OT, Away
10/28/98, L, 1-2, Home
11/6/99, W, 5-0, Away
11/4/00, W, 2-0, Home
11/3/01, W, 2-0, Away
10/5/02, L, 0-3, Home
11/7/03, W, 2-0, Home
11/5/04, W, 2-1, Away
10/2/05, W, 3-0, Home
10/22/06, W, 1-0, Away
10/28/07, W, 2-1, Home
10/11/08, L, 1-2, Away
10/10/09, T, 3-3, 2 OT, Home
10/16/10, L, 0-3, Away

Still Unbeaten at Home:  With last week's win over UNC Wilmington, JMU is 7-0-0 at home this season.
     Only two of the Dukes' last seven games are at home.
     JMU's only loss this season was on the road at second-ranked (Soccer America) and formerly top-ranked North Carolina.

Shutout Streak Ends at Five:  In the Dukes' 3-2 overtime win at Delaware on Oct. 9 redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson allowed his first goals since a 4-1 loss at No. 5 North Carolina on Sept. 13.  His stretch of 592:26 minutes (which included five shutouts) without allowing a goal is the second-longest individual scoreless stretch in school history, behind the school record of 643:42 by Barry Purcell in 1996.
     Epperson's five consecutive shutouts in the Dukes' previous five matches was one short of the school record of six, set by Josh Kovolenko in 2000.
     The JMU team record for consecutive shutouts is seven, by the 1988 team.

Win Streak at Six:  JMU's stretch of six straight wins is the team's longest winning streak since the 2006 team also won six in a row.   In school history, there have been 18 winning streaks of six or more games.  The school record is 15, by the 1993 team.
     JMU's 8-1-1 record is the team's best 10-game record since the 2004 team was 9-0-1 after 10 games.  The program's best-ever 10-game start was 10-0-0 (1995, 1996).  JMU also had a 9-0-1 record in 1993 and had a 9-1-0 record in 1994.

Consistent Dukes:  Redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin has had an assist in team's last four games.
     With the game-winning goal in overtime at Delaware on Oct. 9, senior Patrick Innes has scored the game-winner in three of JMU's last five victories.
     Junior Paul Wyatt's five goals this season have all been scored in the last five games.

Dukes in the National Stats:  Redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin ranks second nationally in assist average (0.78) in the latest NCAA National Statistics (games through Oct. 9).
     Senior Patrick Innes ranks 13th in goals average (0.8) and 14th in points average (1.8) .
     Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson is ranked 63rd individually in goals-against average (0.969).
     As a team JMU is seventh in winning percentage (0.85), 11th in shutout percentage (0.6), 17th in scoring offense (2.1) and 48th in goals-against average (0.97).

JMU in the CAA Stats:  In the latest CAA Statistics (games through Oct. 9), redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin is first in total assists (7) and assist average (0.78).
     Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson is tied for first in shutouts (6) and shutout average (0.60).
     Senior Patrick Innes is tied for third in total points (18) and game-winning goals  (3) and is third in total goals (8), goals average (0.80) and points average (1.80).
    As a team JMU is tied for first in the league in shutouts (6).

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

JMU Opponents in the National Polls (Oct. 10/11)
School, Game Date, Site (Result), Ranking*
North Carolina, Sept. 13, away (L 1-4), 2nd | 2nd | 2nd
West Virginia, Sept. 28, home (W 2-0), 23rd | 24th | votes
William and Mary, Oct. 19, away, votes | nr | votes
Old Dominion, Oct. 26, home, 17th | 21st | 17th
NSCAA |Soccer America | College Soccer News

In the Region:
 Seven CAA members, including JMU, are ranked or receiving votes in the Oct. 11 South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA).  Ranked are Old Dominion (#3), William and Mary (#5), JMU (#7), Georgia State (#8), Delaware (#9), George Mason (#10) and Northeastern (votes).
     Other JMU opponents ranked in region polls include North Carolina (#1 in South) and West Virginia (#3 in Northeast).

Earlier Notes
Aug. 24
Aug. 31
Sept. 7
Sept. 14
Sept. 21
Sept. 27
Oct. 4

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