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Defender Karel Manrau and his teammates are allowing only 1.05 goals per game.Courtesy: JMUSports.com
Men's Soccer Notes, Oct. 18, 2011
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:10/18/2011
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Head Coach:  Tom Martin, 26th JMU season, 330-136-49; 35th career season, 449-171-59

This Season:  9-2-1 overall, 5-1-0 in Colonial Athletic Association

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

This Week:
JMU hits the road for CAA games at William and Mary on Oct. 19 (7 p.m.) and at Georgia State on Oct. 23 (2 p.m.).  Live Stats (both games)

Last Week:
JMU saw a six-game winning streak end with a 2-1 loss at Virginia Commonwealth on Oct. 12 but kept its home unbeaten streak (8-0-0) going as the then 17th-ranked Dukes beat George Mason 2-1 on Oct. 15.

Did You Know?   Former JMU soccer standout CJ Sapong, who plays for Sporting Kansas City, has a Major League Soccer rookie-best five goals on the season (tied with Houston's Will Bruin).

NCAA RPI:
  JMU is ranked 17th in the NCAA RPI (ratings percentage index) released Oct. 18.  The Dukes are the highest-ranked CAA team behind Old Dominion, which is 10th.  The RPI is one of the factors determining at-large postseason invitations to the NCAA Tournament.

CAA Standings:  Just over halfway through the 11-game CAA schedule, JMU (5-1-0), Old Dominion (5-1-0) and William and Mary (5-2-0) are tied for first in the place in the CAA Standings with 15 points apiece.
     Georgia State is fourth (4-2, 12 points) and Northeastern is fifth (3-2-1, 10 points).
     The top six teams in the final league standings qualify for the CAA Championship tournament, which will be hosted by the top seed.  The number one and two seeds receive first-round byes, while the three through six seeds play first-round games on Nov. 10.  The semifinals are Nov. 11, and the final is Nov. 13.
     (NOTE:  In CAA play three points are awarded for a win and one point is awarded for a tie.)

In the National Polls:  The Dukes dropped from 17th last week to 20th this week (Oct. 18) in the Soccer America Top 25 poll.  Also this week JMU received votes in the NSCAA coaches Top 25 poll for the second week in a row and moved from vote-getter into the No. 24 spot in 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 17th by Soccer America and 11th in the NSCAA poll, and William and Mary, which is receiving votes in the NSCAA poll 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
Oct. 17/18:  20th Soccer America; 24th 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; NSCAA Oct. 18)
Virginia Commonwealth, 16th (NSCAA Sept. 6)
William and Mary, 8th (NSCAA Aug. 29)

Scouting William and Mary:  The Tribe has an 8-5-0 overall record and is in a three-way tie for first place the CAA standings with a 5-2-0 record (15 points).
     In CAA play W&M has beaten UNCW (1-0), Drexel (2-0), Towson (1-0), George Mason (1-0) and Virginia Commonwealth (1-0) and has lost to Georgia State (1-0) and Old Dominion (3-0).
     W&M, the defending CAA champion, was picked by the CAA coaches to finish third in the 12-team league.

The Series with William and Mary:  JMU leads the series 20-18-8 and lost last year's meeting 2-1 in Harrisonburg.  Prior to that the Dukes had not lost to the Tribe since 2002.

JMU vs. William and Mary All-Time
JMU leads the series 20-18-8.

Home:  9-6-3
Away:  7-7-4
Neutral:  4-4-0
Site N/A:  0-1-1

Date, Result, Score, Site
10/28/69, L, 0-6, n/a
10/17/70, T, 3-3, n/a
10/17/72, W, 3-0, Away
9/20/74, W, 2-0, Home
10/6/78, W, 1-0, Norfolk, Va. (ODU)
11/8/78, L, 1-2, Away%
11/11/79, L, 0-1, Home%%
11/16/80, L, 2-3,  Norfolk, Va.(ODU), VIL Semifinals
10/20/81, L, 1-3, OT, Home
11/7/82, L, 0-4, Away
11/6/83, W, 1-0, Home
11/4/84, L, 0-1, Away
11/3/85, L, 1-2, OT, Home
11/1/86, T, 0-0, OT, Away
10/31/87, L, 0-3, Home
10/29/88, L, 0-3, Away
10/28/89, T, 1-1, OT, Home
10/27/90, W, 2-0, Away
10/26/91, W, 2-1, Home
11/8/91, W, 1-0, Norfolk, Va. (ODU), CAA semis
10/24/92, T, 2-2, OT, Away
11/8/92, W, 2-1, Norfolk, Va. (ODU), CAA final
10/23/93, W, 2-0, Home
10/22/94, T, 1-1, OT, Away
11/13/94, W, 3-1, Away, CAA final
10/21/95, L, 0-4, Home
10/19/96, L, 0-3, Away
11/17/96, L, 0-2, Wilmington, N.C., CAA final
10/18/97, T, 2-2, 2 OT, Home
9/23/98, W, 2-1, 2 OT, Away
11/13/98, L, 0-1, Virginia Beach, Va., CAA semis
10/20/99, W, 4-0, Home
10/18/00, L, 1-2, OT, Away
11/12/00, L, 0-4, Virginia Beach, Va., CAA final
10/20/01, W, 2-1, Home
11/16/01, W, 2-0, Virginia Beach, Va., CAA semis
10/11/02, L, 1-2, Away
11/2/03, W, 4-1, Home
11/11/03, W, 2-0, Home, CAA first round
10/24/04, W, 1-0, 2 OT, Away
10/21/05, T, 0-0, 2 OT, Away
10/10/06, T, 2-2, 2 OT, Home
10/12/07, W, 3-2, OT, Away
10/1/08, W, 2-1, Home
10/14/09, W, 3-2, Away
10/20/10, L, 1-2, Home 

Scouting Georgia State:
  The Panthers take a 10-3-1 overall record and a 4-2-0 CAA record into an Oct. 19 game at Old Dominion. 
     Georgia State is in fourth place in the league standings with 12 points.
     In CAA play Georgia State has beaten Hofstra (1-0), William and Mary (1-0), North Carolina Wilmington (1-0) and Drexel (4-2) and has lost at Delaware (1-0 and at Northeastern (1-0).
     Georgia State was picked by the CAA coaches to finish 12th in the 12-team league.

The Series with Georgia State:
  JMU leads the series 4-2, but the Panthers have won the last two meetings.
     Four of the six games in the series have been decided by a single goal.

JMU vs. Georgia State All-Time
JMU leads the series 4-2-0.
Home:  2-1-0
Away:  2-1-0
Neutral:  0-0-0

Date, Result, Score, Site
10/7/05, W, 1-0, Away
9/22/06, W, 2-1, Home
11/02/07, W, 2-1, 2 OT, Away
10/18/08, W, 2-0, Home
10/17/09, L, 0-2, Away
10/23/10, L, 0-1, OT, Home

Still Unbeaten at Home:
  With the Dukes' Oct. 15 win over George Mason, JMU improved to 8-0-0 at home this season.
     That's the longest home winning streak for the program since JMU won eight straight home games spanning the 2003 and 2004 seasons.  The school record is for consecutive home wins is 13, which has happened on three occasions.

Seniors Notch First Win over Mason:  Until the 2-1 Oct. 15 victory over George Mason, no player on the current JMU team had been involved in a win over the Patriots.
     The teams tied in 2009 and Mason won the 2008 and 2010 meetings.

Win Streak Ends at Six:  The Oct. 12 loss at VCU ended JMU's stretch of wins at six games.
     That was 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.

Career Saves Mark:  Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson made a career-high seven saves in the win over Mason.  His previous high was five in a 1-1 overtime tie at American on Sept. 17, 2008.

Simpson Game-Winners:  Redshirt senior Jimmy Simpson scored his second goal of the season in the Oct. 15 win over Mason.  Both of Simpson's scores have been game-winners.  His other goal came in a 4-1 victory over UNC Asheville on Sept. 4.

Innes Continues to Score:  Senior Patrick Innes has scored in six of JMU's last seven games.  He has a goal in nine of the Dukes' 12 games.  Innes has scored eight of JMU's last 16 goals.

Dukes in the National Stats:  Redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin ranks fifth nationally in assist average (0.64) in the latest NCAA National Statistics (games through Oct. 16).
     Senior Patrick Innes ranks 11th in goals average (0.83) and 12th in points average (1.83).
     Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson is ranked 75th individually in goals-against average (1.055).
     As a team JMU is 12th in winning percentage (0.792), 19th in shutout percentage (0.5) and 22nd in scoring offense (2.0).

JMU in the CAA Stats:  In the latest CAA Statistics (games through Oct. 16), redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin is second in total assists (7) and assist average (0.64).
     Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson is second in shutouts (6) and tied second in shutout average (0.50).
     Senior Patrick Innes is second in total points (22) and total goals (10) and third in goals average (0.83) and points average (1.83).  He is tied for third in game-winning goals (3).
    As a team JMU is third 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. 17/18)
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), votes | nr | nr
William and Mary, Oct. 19, away, votes | nr | nr
Old Dominion, Oct. 26, home, 11th | 17th | 14th
NSCAA |Soccer America | College Soccer News

In the Region:
 Eight CAA members, including JMU, are ranked or receiving votes in the Oct. 17 South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA).  Ranked are Old Dominion (#2), William and Mary (tied #4), JMU (#7), Georgia State (#8), Delaware (#9), Virginia Commonwealth (#10), George Mason (votes) and Northeastern (votes).
     Other JMU opponents ranked in region polls include North Carolina (#1 in South) and West Virginia (tied #5 in Northeast).

Earlier Notes
Aug. 24
Aug. 31
Sept. 7
Sept. 14
Sept. 21
Sept. 27
Oct. 4
Oct. 11


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