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Merch Madness
Defender Dale Robins-Bailey (pictured) has a goal and a team-high three assists thisCourtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
JMU Men's Soccer Notes, Sept. 21, 2011
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:09/21/2011
Head Coach:  Tom Martin, 26th JMU season, 324-135-49; 35th career season, 443-170-59

This Season:  3-1-1 overall, 0-0-0 in Colonial Athletic Association

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

This Week:
JMU continues a stretch of five consecutive home games as the Dukes open CAA play with a Sept. 24 match against Towson (7 p.m.). Live Stats

Last Week:
JMU stayed unbeaten at home (3-0-0) with a 1-0 victory over Lafayette on Sept. 17.

Did You Know?  Junior defender Dale Robins-Bailey is the team leader in assists with three.  All three have come on headers (two on Sept. 4 vs. UNCA, one on Sept. 17 vs. Lafayette).  Robins-Bailey also scored his first JMU goal -- a game-winner -- on a header Sept. 2 vs. Florida Atlantic.

Scouting Towson:
  Towson has a 1-3-1 record after picking up its first win of the season with a 4-1 victory over Albany on Sept. 20.  The Tigers had dropped two one-goal games on the road and a 2-0 game at Top 25 team New Mexico.
     Towson was picked by league coaches to finish 10th in the 12-team CAA. 

The Series with Towson
: JMU leads the series with Towson 13-10-1.  In the 11 meetings since Towson joined the CAA in 2002, only once has a team has won consecutive games.  That happened the last two seasons, when JMU claimed a 3-2 overtime victory at Towson in 2010 after winning 5-2 JMU in Harrisonburg in 2009.
     Four of the last five meetings were one-goal decisions.

JMU vs. Towson All-Time
JMU leads the series 13-10-1.
Home:  8-4-0
Away:  5-5-1
Neutral:  0-1-0

Date, Result, Score, Site
10/19/75, L, 3-5, Home
10/19/76, W, 3-0, Home
10/21/79, W, 3-0, Home
11/9/80, L, 1-3, Away
11/8/81, L, 1-2, Home
10/8/82, W, 2-0, Away
10/9/83, L, 0-1, Home
10/6/84, L, 0-4, Away
10/2/91, W, 1-0, Home
9/30/92, W, 1-0, Away
9/29/93, W, 4-0, Home
10/12/94, W, 6-0, Away
11/23/01, L, 1-4, Chapel Hill, N.C. (UNC), NCAA first round
11/3/02, W, 2-0, Home
11/12/02, L, 0-3, Away, CAA first round
10/10/03, T, 0-0, 2 OT, Away
10/1/04, W, 5-1, Home
9/30/05, L, 0-1, OT, Away
11/8/05, W, 3-1, Home, CAA first round
10/20/06, L, 0-1, Home
10/30/07, W, 2-1, OT, Away
11/7/08, L, 3-2, Away
11/7/09, W, 5-2, Home
9/25/10, W, 3-2, OT, Away

Unbeaten at Home:  JMU plays its next four games at home, where the Dukes are unbeaten (3-0-0).  The Dukes' only loss this season was at fourth-ranked (Soccer American) and formerly top-ranked North Carolina.

Sapong 15th on MLS List of Top 24 Under 24:
  Former Duke CJ Sapong (2007-10), a starter on Sporting Kansas City of the MLS, has been ranked 15th on "24 Under 24," a list of the top MLS players under 24 years of age
    Quoting the article on MLSSoccer.com, "Many fans raised an eyebrow when Sporting Kansas City used their No. 10 overall pick in the SuperDraft on a little-known forward from James Madison University.  Turns out CJ Sapong may have been the find of the draft and a surefire candidate for the Rookie of the Year award. His strength and athleticism have made him an absolute handful for opposing teams and his uncanny calm has allowed him to be fairly consistent for a first-year pro. With a few more goals, it won't be long before the cries for a national team call-up start coming his way."
Complete 24 Under 24 List

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

JMU Opponents in the National Polls (Sept. 20/21)
School, Game Date, Site (Result), Ranking*
North Carolina, Sept. 13, away (L 1-4), 6th | 4th | 4th
West Virginia, Sept. 28, home, 19th | 16th | 16th
Old Dominion, Oct. 26, home, 15th | 11th | 11th
NSCAA |Soccer America | College Soccer News

In the Region:
 Seven CAA members are ranked or receiving votes in the Sept. 20 South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA).  Ranked are Old Dominion (#3), William and Mary (#4), George Mason (#7), Northeastern (tied #9), Virginia Commonwealth (tied #9), Delaware (votes) and Georgia State (votes).
     Other JMU opponents ranked in region polls include North Carolina (#1 in South) and West Virginia (tied #4 in Northeast).

Earlier Notes
Aug. 24
Aug. 31
Sept. 7
Sept. 14

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