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Goalie Justin Epperson and JMU's defense have shut out the team's last fourCourtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
JMU Men's Soccer Notes, Oct. 4, 2011
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:10/04/2011

Head Coach:  Tom Martin, 26th JMU season, 327-135-49; 35th career season, 446-170-59

This Season:  6-1-1 overall, 2-0-0 in Colonial Athletic Association

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

This Week:
JMU concludes a stretch of five consecutive home games by hosting CAA opponent North Carolina Wilmington on Oct. 5 (7 p.m.).  The Dukes then go on the road for a CAA match at Delaware on Oct. 9 (1 p.m.).  Live Stats (both games)

Delayed Internet Coverage for Oct. 5 UNCW Game:  MadiZONE, the Internet audio and video source of JMU Sports, will provide delayed subscriber video coverage of the Dukes' match against UNCW.  Delayed Subscriber Video

Last Week:
JMU continued its home unbeaten streak (6-0-0) and shutout streak (four games) as the Dukes beat No. 25 (Soccer America) West Virginia 2-0 on Sept. 28 and defeated Northeastern 2-0 in CAA play on Oct. 1.

Did You Know?   Junior Paul Wyatt has scored four goals in the last three games, and senior Patrick Innes has scored six times in the last seven games.

Breaking into the Top 25:  The Dukes are ranked 21st in this week's (Oct. 3) Soccer America Top 25 poll. 
     JMU made its first national poll appearance of the season after beating then No. 25 (West Virginia 2-0 on Sept. 28.  That, combined with a 2-0 victory over Northeastern on Oct. 1, boosted JMU's record to 6-1-1.
     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 25th by Soccer America and 21st in the NSCAA coaches poll, and William and Mary, which is ranked 22nd by the NSCAA this week.

CAA Teams, Highest National Rank in 2011
George Mason, 18th (Soccer America Sept. 27)
JMU, 21st (Soccer America Oct. 4)
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 North Carolina Wilmington:  The Seahawks have a 3-6 overall record and are 1-2 in CAA play.  League results include a home win over Drexel (2-0), a home loss to William and Mary (1-0) and a road loss at Hofstra (2-1).
     Three of UNCW's six losses were to teams that are or have been nationally ranked this season (North Carolina 3-1, Charlotte 2-0, William and Mary 1-0).
     UNCW was picked by the CAA coaches to finish fifth in the 12-team league.  The Seahawks won the CAA title in 2009.

The Series with North Carolina WilmingtonJMU leads the series 22-9-2, but the Seahawks have won the last four meetings and five of the last six matches.  However, four of those five victories came on UNCW's home field.  The last time the teams met in Harrisonburg, UNCW won 2-0 in 2009.  That was the Seahawks' first-ever win in 15 visits to JMU.

JMU vs. UNCW All-Time
JMU leads the series 22-9-2.
Home:  13-1-1
Away: 6-7-0
Neutral:  3-1-1

Date, Result, Score, Site
9/22/72, W, 2-0, Home
9/15/73, W, 10-0, Away
9/21/74, T, 1-1, OT, Harrisonburg, Va. (EMU)
10/7/78, L, 3-6, OT, Norfolk, Va. (ODU)
9/19/84, W, 3-0, Home
9/14/85, L, 0-3, Away
9/13/86, T, 1-1, OT, Home
9/12/87, L, 1-2, OT, Away
9/10/88, W, 1-0, Home
9/8/89, W, 1-0, OT, Away
9/8/90, W, 3-0, Home
9/7/91, W, 1-0, Away
9/18/92, W, 4-0, Home
11/5/92, W, 1-0, Norfolk, Va. (ODU), CAA quarters
9/17/93, W, 3-0, Away
9/17/94, W, 12-0, Home
9/15/95, W, 3-1, Away
10/12/96, W, 6-0, Home
10/4/97, W, 2-0, Away
10/8/98, W, 5-0, Home
11/12/98, W, 1-0, Virginia Beach, Va., CAA quarters
9/25/99, W, 2-1, Home
11/5/00, W, 1-0, Richmond, Va. (VCU)
9/23/01, W, 5-0, Home
10/25/02, W, 4-2, Home
10/19/03, L, 1-4, Away
10/10/04, W, 2-1, Home
10/18/05, L, 1-2, Away
9/24/06, W, 1-0, Home
11/4/07, L, 1-2, OT, Away
10/29/08, L, 0-2, Away
10/28/09, L, 0-2, Home
10/6/10, L, 1-2, Away

Scouting Delaware:
  The Blue Hens take a 6-1-1 overall record and a 1-1-0 CAA record into an Oct. 5 home game vs. Northeastern.
     Delaware was unbeaten until losing 2-0 at Old Dominion in league play on Oct. 1.  The game was originally scheduled for the previous day, but lightning caused that match to be stopped in the 29th minute with Delaware leading 1-0, and the game was deemed a "no contest."   The Blue Hens also own a 1-0 CAA win over Georgia State.
     Delaware was picked by the CAA coaches to finish 11th in the 12-team league.

The Series with Delaware: JMU leads the series 10-3-2.  However, the Blue Hens have won three of the last five meetings, and in the last three games played in Newark, Delaware has a 2-0-1 record. 
     Four of the last five games in the series have been decided by a single goal.  The exception was a 4-2 JMU victory in Harrisonburg in 2010.

JMU vs. Delaware All-Time
JMU leads the series 10-3-2.
Home:  8-1-1
Away: 2-2-1
Neutral:  0-0-0

Date, Result, Score, Site
9/21/91, W, 6-0, Away
9/20/92, W, 4-0, Home
9/8/96, W, 7-0, Home
9/17/97, W, 2-1, Away
9/3/99, W, 2-0, Home
9/8/01, W, 1-0, Home
11/1/02, T, 0-0, 2 OT, Home
10/12/03, T, 1-1, 2 OT, Away
10/3/04, W, 4-1, Home
10/16/05, W, 5-1, Home
10/1/06, L, 2-3, OT, Away
10/7/07, L, 0-1, Home
10/4/08, W, 1-0, Home
10/3/09, L, 0-1, Away
10/9/10, W, 4-2, Home

Still Unbeaten at Home:
 With last week's home victories, JMU is 6-0-0 at home this season.  The Dukes wrap up a stretch of five consecutive home games on Oct. 5 (7 p.m.) vs. North Carolina Wilmington.
     The Dukes' only loss this season was on the road at fourth-ranked (Soccer America) and formerly top-ranked North Carolina.

Win & Shutout Streaks at Four:  JMU has won its last four matches, and the Dukes have shut out their opponents in all four of those victories.
     That's the longest stretch of shutouts since the 2009 team posted five consecutive shutouts.
     The school record for consecutive shutouts is seven (1988).  There have been 13 occasions when JMU has recorded at least four shutouts in a row (including six in 1993, 2000; five in 1972, 96, 2009, four in 1974-75, 86-87, 89-90, 91, 92, 2001, 11).
    Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson, who has played every minute in goal, has recorded five shutouts this fall.  Epperson and the Dukes have not allowed a goal in a span of 365:47.

Innes Receives National, CAA Recognition:
Senior forward Patrick Innes was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week and was selected CAA Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 2.
     Innes netted the game-winning goal in the Dukes' Sept. 28 2-0 win over No. 25 West Virginia.  He scored the deciding goal from 30 yards on a free kick 23:54 into match on his only shot of the game.
     He followed that with another score in JMU's Oct. 1 2-0 CAA victory over Northeastern.  Innes' score with 14:19 left in regulation gave the Dukes a two-goal cushion.

Wyatt, Innes Among CAA Top 20:  Junior forward Paul Wyatt and senior forward Patrick Innes have been rated among the top 20 players in the CAA by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
     Wyatt is ranked fourth and Innes 18th on the list.

Dukes in the National Stats:  JMU is 18th in scoring offense (2.13) in the latest NCAA National Statistics (games through Oct. 2).  The Dukes are seventh in shutout percentage (0.63) and  60th in goals-against average (0.97).
     Senior Patrick Innes ranks 18th nationally in points average (1.75) and 16th in goals average (0.75), and redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin ranks 18th in assist average (0.57).
     Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson is ranked 69th in goals-against average (0.973).

JMU in the CAA Stats:  In the latest CAA Statistics (games through Oct. 2), redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin is tied for first in total assists (4) and assist average (0.57).
     Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson is tied for first in shutouts (5) and shutout average (0.62).
     Senior Patrick Innes is tied for second in total points (14) and total goals (6), is third in goals average (0.75) and fourth in points average (1.75).

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. 3/4)
School, Game Date, Site (Result), Ranking*
North Carolina, Sept. 13, away (L 1-4), 4th | 4th | 3rd
West Virginia, Sept. 28, home (W 2-0), votes | nr | votes
William and Mary, Oct. 19, away, 22nd | nr | votes
Old Dominion, Oct. 26, home, 21st | 25th | 21st
NSCAA |Soccer America | College Soccer News

In the Region:
 Eight CAA members, including JMU, are ranked or receiving votes in the Oct. 4 South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA).  Ranked are William and Mary (#3), Old Dominion (#4), George Mason (#6), JMU (#8), Georgia State (#10). Northeastern (votes), Delaware (votes) and VCU (votes)
     Other JMU opponents ranked in region polls include North Carolina (#1 in South) and West Virginia (tied #6 in Northeast).

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

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