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MEN'S SOCCER NOTES, NOV. 2, 2010
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:11/02/2010
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Head Coach:  Tom Martin, 25th JMU season, 321-132-48; 34th career season, 440-167-58

JMU This Season:  9-5-2 overall; 4-4-1 Colonial Athletic Association


This Week:
In the final week of CAA regular-season competition, JMU is at home for matches against Virginia Commonwealth on Nov. 3 (7 p.m.) and Hofstra on Nov. 6 (7 p.m.).

Last Week:
JMU posted two shutouts, winning
2-0 on the road at Old Dominion on Oct. 27 and 2-0 at home over Drexel on Oct. 30.

Video Coverage of JMU-VCU Game:  Same-day delayed subscriber video streaming of the Nov. 3 JMU-VCU game will be available through JMUSports.com.  (Click on Multimedia, Live Events)

Scouting Virginia Commonwealth:
  The Rams have a 7-3-6 overall record and are 4-1-4 in league play, which places them second in the CAA standings.  Since a season-opening 2-1 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, VCU's only losses have come in 1-0 games at William and Mary and at home to North Carolina.  Both of those teams are currently ranked in the national Top 25.
     In CAA competition VCU has wins over Georgia State (2-0), George Mason (1-0), Drexel (2-0) and Towson (1-0) and has tied Northeastern (2-2), Old Dominion (1-1), Hofstra (1-1), and UNC Wilmington (0-0).  Its only league loss was the defeat at William and Mary.
     VCU was picked by the CAA coaches to finish tied for seventh in the 12-team league.

The Series with Virginia Commonwealth:  JMU leads the series with VCU 20-11-4 and won last year's game 2-0 in Richmond.  However, that was the Dukes' first victory over the Rams since 2005.  Since 2001 VCU holds a 6-4-1 lead in the series. 

Scouting Hofstra:  The Pride brings a 6-6-5 overall record, a 4-3-3 league record and a five-game (3-0-2) unbeaten streak into its final regular-season game at JMU.  Hofstra is in third place in the CAA standings.
     In CAA play Hofstra has beaten Georgia State (1-0), Drexel (1-0 OT), Old Dominion (1-0) and George Mason (2-1 OT) and has tied VCU (1-1), Delaware (0-0) and William and Mary (0-0).  Its league losses have come to UNC Wilmington (4-0), Towson (2-0) and Northeastern (4-0).
     Hofstra was picked by the CAA coaches to finish tied for seventh in the 12-team league.

The Series with Hofstra:  Hofstra leads the series 6-5-1, but JMU won last year's meeting 6-2 at Hofstra and has won two of the last three meetings.  However, JMU has won only once in four meetings (a 2-1 overtime win in 2007) on the Dukes' home field in Harrisonburg.
     Take out last year's 6-2 game, and all the meetings between the teams since Hofstra joined the CAA in 2000 have been decided by a single goal or ended in a tie.

Seniors Close Out Regular Season at HomeJMU's senior class makes its final home regular-season appearance vs. Hofstra on Nov. 6.  Seniors include midfielder Torey Beiro (McLean, Va./McLean), goalkeeper Ken Manahan (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor), goalkeeper David Meiklejohn (Woodbridge,Va./Forest Parks), defender Kieran Rice (Burke, Va./Gonzaga), defender Tom Pollock (Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison), midfielder David Sanford (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor), forward CJ Sapong (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) and defender Jonathan Smithgall (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock).
     The seniors will be honored in pre-game ceremonies on Saturday.

CAA Standings:  With seven total CAA games remaining, four points separate the number two through 10 teams in the
CAA standings (games through Oct. 31).
     William and Mary (7-1-2, 23 points) leads the league, VCU (4-1-4, 16 points) is second and Hofstra (4-3-3, 15 points) is third.  Locked in a three-way tie for fourth are George Mason, Old Dominion and Delaware (all 4-4-2, 14 points).
     There's a three-way tie for seventh among JMU (4-4-1, 13 points), UNC Wilmington (3-3-4, 13 points) and Georgia State (4-5-1, 13 points).  Northeastern (3-4-3, 12 points) is 10th.
     (NOTE:  In CAA play three points are awarded for a win and one point is awarded for a tie.)
     William and Mary has secured first place in the league standings and as the top seed will host the CAA tournament on Nov. 12 and 14.  Only the top four teams in the league qualify for the tournament.

Remaining CAA Schedule for teams in the running for the CAA Tournament:
     Nov. 3, VCU (16 points) at JMU (13 points), 7 p.m.
     Nov. 5, Towson at Georgia State (13 points), 3 p.m.

     Nov. 6, UNCW (13 points) at George Mason (14 points), 7 p.m.
     Nov. 6, Hofstra (15 points) at JMU (13 points), 7 p.m.

     Nov. 6, ODU (14 points) at Drexel, 7 p.m.
     Nov. 7, VCU (14 points) at Delaware (14 points), 1 p.m.

Sapong National Player of the Week:  Senior CJ Sapong was named College Soccer News national Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 31.  He also received Player of the Week recognition from the CAA and offensive Player of the Week recognition from the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
     He scored three of the Dukes' four goals last week, including the game-winners in key CAA matches with Old Dominion and Drexel.  In a 2-0 win Oct. 27 at Old Dominion he scored both goals in a span of 38 seconds in the final four minutes of the game to lift the Dukes to the victory.  He then netted the game-winner in the 37th minute in a 2-0 home win over Drexel on Oct. 30.

Dukes End Drought vs. ODU:  JMU's 2-0 win at Old Dominion on Oct. 27 ended a stretch of four games in which JMU had not beaten ODU (0-3-1 record).  It was the first win over the Monarchs for any of the Dukes' seniors.

Back to Back Wins:  JMU's victories over Old Dominion on Oct. 27 and Drexel on Oct. 31 marked the first time the Dukes had won consecutive games since opening the season with five straight wins.

Bjørkheim Earns Academic Recognition:  Sophomore Markus Bjørkheim has been named to the ESPN Academic All-District III Team.  An international business major, Bjørkheim has a 3.3 grade-point average.  The Dukes' starter on attack is currently tied for third on the team in goals (4), assists (3) and points (11).
     Eleven athletes were named to each of two teams, which were selected by a vote of members of the College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA).
     Bjørkheim is only the fourth men's soccer athlete in school history to be named to the prestigious team.  Others were Barry Purcell in 1996, Denny Fulk in 2003 and Mike Tuddenham in 2005.

Dukes in the National Stats:  Senior CJ Sapong continues to rank among the NCAA Division I scoring leaders in the latest NCAA National Statistics (games through Oct. 31).
     He is tied for third in total points (32) and points per game (2.0).
     Sapong is tied sixth in total goals (12), tied 11th in goals per game (0.75), tied 13th in total assists (8) and tied 18th in assists per game (0.5).
     As a team JMU ranks tied 22nd nationally in goals average (2.0) and tied 17th in total goals (32).

JMU in the CAA Stats:  In the latest
CAA Statistics (games through Oct. 31), CJ Sapong leads the league in goals (12), goals average (0.75), assists (8), assist average (0.50), points (32) and points average (2.0).  He is also tied for the league lead in game-winning goals (4)

National Rankings:  Two JMU opponents (Virginia, William and Mary) are ranked or are receiving votes in the latest national polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, College Soccer News).  JMU received a vote in this week's NSCAA poll.

JMU Opponents in the National Polls (Nov. 1/2)

School, Game Date, Site, Ranking*
Virginia, Oct. 12, away (T 0-0, 2 OT), 15th/10th/12th
William and Mary, Oct, 20, home (L 1-2), t13th/18th/14th
*
NSCAA/Soccer America/College Soccer News

In the Region:  Eight CAA members, including JMU, are ranked or receiving votes in the Nov. 1
South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA).  Ranked are William and Mary (#2), JMU (#5), Old Dominion (#6), George Mason (#8), Virginia Commonwealth (#9) and North Carolina Wilmington (#10).  Georgia State and Towson are receiving votes.
     Other JMU opponents ranked in region polls include Virginia (#3 in South Atlantic) and West Virginia (tied #10 in Northeast).

On the Season Lists:  CJ Sapong's season total of 12 goals is tied for the fourth-highest total in school history.  The school record is 15, two players have scored 14, three have scored 13 and six have scored 12.
     His season total of 32 points is just two points away from Mark Mathewson's school record of 34, set in 1994. 

On the Career Lists:
 CJ Sapong has increased his career goals total to 37 and remains in seventh place on JMU's all-time goals list.  However, he is just one goal away from fifth place.  Fifth place is currently shared by Ricky Engelfried (1987-90) and Mike Brizendine (1995-98).
     Sapong's career points total is now 94 and he has moved from eighth to fifth place on JMU's all-time points list.  Sapong's assist total is 20 and he remains in 14th place on the career assist list.
     Sapong now has 12 game-winning scores, that that ranks fourth-best all-time at JMU.
     Senior goalkeeper Ken Manahan recorded his fifth and sixth shutouts of the season in last week's wins over Old Dominion and Drexel.  He moved from ninth to seventh on JMU's career solo shutout list with 16 and he's now tied for ninth on the career total shutout list with 17.

***Complete season and career listings can be found at the end of this article***

SEASON LISTS

Season Points

Rank

Player & Year

GP

Goals

Assists

Points

1.

Mark Mathewson 1994-Sr.

25

15

4

34

2.

Ricky Engelfried 1988-So.

21

14

5

33

 

Patrick McSorley 1994-Jr.

25

13

7

33

 

Jari Takatalo 1996-Sr.

21

12

9

33

5.

Brent Bennett 1994-Sr.

19

13

6

32

 

Mike Brizendine 1996-So.

21

14

4

32

 

CJ Sapong 2010-Sr.

16

12

8

32

8.

Brent Bennett 1993-Jr.

22

13

5

31

 

Ricky Engelfried 1990-Sr.

19

12

7

31

10.

Patrick McSorley 1995-Sr.

21

12

6

30


Season Goals

Rank

Player & Year

GP

Goals

1.

Mark Mathewson 1994-Sr.

25

15

2.

Mike Brizendine 1996-So.

21

14

 

Ricky Engelfried 1988-So.

21

14

4.

Brent Bennett 1994-Sr.

19

13

 

Brent Bennett 1993-Jr.

22

13

 

Patrick McSorley 1994-Jr.

25

13

7.

Ricky Engelfried 1990-Sr.

19

12

 

Patrick McSorley 1995-Sr.

21

12

 

Ken Morris 1975-Jr.

16

12

 

CJ Sapong 2010-Sr.

16

12

 

Jari Takatalo 1996-Sr.

21

12

 

David Wood 2000-Sr.

22

12


Season Assists

Rank

Player & Year

GP

Assists

1.

Kaarlo Kankkunen 1994-Jr.

22

16

2.

Randy Steeprow 1998-So.

20

12

3.

Frank Radics 1986-Jr.

17

11

4.

Kosta Bournelis 1996-So.

20

10

 

Ken Morris 1974-So.

n/a

10

 

Randy Steeprow 2000-Sr.

22

10

7.

Bobby Johnston 1992-Jr.

21

9

 

Kaarlo Kankkunen 1993-So.

18

9

 

Ray Laroche 1973-Jr.

n/a

9

 

Kurt Morsink 2003-Fr.

20

9

 

Chris Simon 1988-Jr.

19

9

 

Randy Steeprow 1999-Jr.

20

9

 

Jari Takatalo 1996-Sr.

21

9

14.

Scott Davis 1989-So.

19

8

 

Nathan Fairchild 1994-Jr.

24

8

 

Kurt Morsink 2004-So.

18

8

 

CJ Sapong 2009-Jr.

16

8

 

CJ Sapong 2010-Sr.

15

8

 

Sipi Savolainen 1994-So.

25

8

 

Kyle Swords 1994-Jr.

25

8

 

Mark Totten 2003-Fr.

20

8

 

Mark Totten 2004-So.

19

8

 

Nick Zimmerman 2007 Jr.

19

8

Season Game-Winning Goals

Rank

Player & Year

GP

G-W

1.

Ricky Engelfried 1989-Jr.

19

6

 

Jake Edwards 1996-Jr.

15

6

3.

Brent Bennett 1992-So.

22

5

 

Brent Bennett 1994-Sr.

19

5

 

Ricky Engelfried 1988-So.

21

5

 

Ricky Engelfried 1990-Sr.

19

5

 

Geoff Honeysett 1995-So.

24

5

 

Patrick McSorley 1994-Jr.

25

5

 

Reggie Rivers 2000-Jr.

22

5

 

David Wood 2000-Sr.

22

5

11.

Jari Takatalo 1996-Sr.

21

4

 

Patrick McSorley 1995-Sr.

21

4

 

Brent Bennett 1993-Jr.

22

4

 

Mark Mathewson 1994-Sr.

25

4

 

Mike Brizendine 1997-Jr.

15

4

 

CJ Sapong 2010-Sr.

15

4

 

Chad Wilkinson 1993-Jr.

22

4

 

Patrice Filin 2002-Sr.

21

4

 

Geoffrey Madueke 1987-Fr.

20

4

 

Mike Cafiero 1989-Jr.

18

4

CAREER LISTS

Career Goals

Rank

Player

Goals

Seasons

 1.

Patrick McSorley

42

1992-95

 2.

Brent Bennett

41

1991-94

 3.

Atle Rognerud

40

1997-00

 4.

Geoff Honeysett

39

1994-97

 5.

Ricky Engelfried

38

1987-90

 

Mike Brizendine

38

1995-98

7.

CJ Sapong

37

2007-10

8.

Mark Mathewson

32

1991-94

 

Kurt Morsink

32

2003-06

Career Assists

Rank

Player

Assists

Seasons

1.

Sipi Savolainen#

33

1993-96

2.

Kaarlo Kankkunen

32

1992-94

3.

Randy Steeprow

31

1996, 98-00

4.

Kurt Morsink

29

2003-06

5.

Ken Morris

26

1973-76

 

Kosta Bournelis

26

1995-98

7.

Ray Laroche

24

1971-74

8.

Geoff Honeysett

23

1994-97

 

Chris Simon

23

1986-89

10.

Ricky Engelfried

22

1987-90

.

Kevin Knight

22

1995-98

12.

Nick Zimmerman

21

2005-08

 

Mark Totten

21

2003-06

14.

CJ Sapong

20

2007-10

Career Points

 

Player

Goals

Assists

Points

Seasons

1.

Patrick McSorley

42

19

103

1992-95

2.

Geoff Honeysett

39

23

101

1994-97

3.

Brent Bennett

41

17

99

1991-94

4.

Ricky Engelfried

38

22

98

1987-90

5.

CJ Sapong

37

20

94

2007-10

6.

Kurt Morsink

32

29

93

2003-06

7.

Atle Rognerud

40

11

91

1997-00

8.

Mike Brizendine

38

14

90

1995-98

Career Game-Winning Goals

Rank

Player

GP

G-W

Total Goals

Seasons

1.

Ricky Engelfried

79

17

38

1987-90

2.

Brent Bennett

81

16

41

1991-94

3.

Patrick McSorley

88

13

42

1992-95

4.

CJ Sapong

53

12

25

2007-09

5.

Atle Rognerud#

85

11

40

1997-00


Career Solo Shutouts

Rank

Player

GP

Solo Shutouts

Seasons

1.

Barry Purcell

67

28

1993-96

2.

Kevin Trapp

73

26

2003-06

3.

Josh Kovolenko

65

24

1999-02

4.

Alan Mayer

40

19

1971-73

5.

Chris North

54

18

1986-88

6.

Bill DuRoss

60

17

1996-99

7.

Ken Manahan

58

16

2007-10

8.

Russ Fant

49

15

1987-90

Career Total Shutouts (Solo and Shared)

Rank

Player

GP

Total Shutouts

Seasons

1.

Russ Fant

49

41

1987-90

2.

Barry Purcell

67

35

1993-96

3.

Chris North

54

32

1986-88

4.

Josh Kovolenko

65

31

1999-02

5.

Kevin Trapp

73

27

2003-06

6.

Bill DuRoss

60

27

1996-99

7.

Joe O'Carroll

41

25

1989-92

8.

Alan Mayer

40

23

1971-73

9.

Brian Bailey

31

17

1991-94

 

Ken Manahan

58

17

2007-10

#transfer; includes statistics from previous school

Earlier Notes
Sept. 1
Sept. 8
Sept. 15
Sept. 21
Sept. 28
Oct. 5
Oct. 13
Oct. 19
Oct. 26

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