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Defender Jason Gannon will be among four seniors honored prior to the Oct. 26 ODU game.Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
Men's Soccer Notes, Oct. 25, 2011
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:10/25/2011

Head Coach:  Tom Martin, 26th JMU season, 332-136-49; 35th career season, 451-171-59

This Season:  11-2-1 overall, 7-1-0 in Colonial Athletic Association

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

Did You Know?  
JMU's next opponent, Old Dominion, leads the NCAA in scoring (3.0) and has the NCAA's goals and assist leaders in Yannick Smith and Gideon Assante, respectively. 

This Week:
JMU plays its final regular-season home game when the 17th-ranked Dukes host No. 14 Old Dominion on Oct. 26 (7 p.m.).  It's a showdown between the two teams currently tied for first in the CAA standings.
     Then it's back on the road for a match at Drexel on Oct. 29 (7 p.m.).
     Live Stats (both games) | Free Live Internet Audio (ODU) | Delayed Subscriber Internet Video (ODU)

Live Internet Coverage:  MadiZONE, the Internet audio and video source of JMU Sports, will provide free and live audio play-by-play coverage of the Dukes' Oct. 26 match vs. ODU.  The pregame coverage begins about 15 minutes prior to match time.  Delayed (next day) subscriber video will also be available.

Last Week:
JMU posted two road shutouts in CAA play, winning 1-0 at William and Mary on Oct. 19 and posting a 1-0 victory at Georgia State on Oct. 23.

Scouting Old Dominion:  The Monarchs bring an 11-2 overall record, a seven-game winning streak and a No. 14 (Soccer America) national ranking to Harrisonburg.  ODU has a 7-1 CAA record and is tied with JMU for first place in the CAA standings.  The Monarchs lead the NCAA in scoring average (3.0).
     ODU opened league play with a 1-0 loss at George Mason and has since posted wins over Delaware (2-0), VCU (4-0), UNCW (3-2), William and Mary (3-0), Towson (4-2), Georgia State (3-2) and Hofstra (4-1).
     Junior Yannick Smith leads the NCAA in goals average (1.15) and is third in points average (2.46), and sophomore Gidean Asante leads the NCAA in assist average (0.69).
     ODU was picked by the CAA coaches to finish first in the 12-team league.

The Series with Old Dominion: JMU leads the series 18-13-6, but last year's 2-0 Dukes' win at ODU ended a string of three straight losses to the Monarchs.
     Four of the last six meetings have gone to overtime.

JMU vs. Old Dominion All-Time
JMU leads the series 18-13-6.

Away:  6-8-4
Neutral:  2-1-1

Date, Result, Score, Site
10/28/72, W, 8-1, Home
10/21/73, W, 4-0, Away
10/3/75, L, 2-3, Home
11/20/75, W, 2-1, Home, VISA Finals
10/30/76, W, 5-4, Away
10/28/77, W, 2-0, Home
10/3/83, T, 0-0, OT, Away
9/30/84, L, 0-1, Home
10/22/86, W, 2-1, OT, Away
10/24/87, L, 0-1, Home
10/20/88, T, 0-0, OT, Away
10/18/89, W, 1-0, Home
9/14/91, L, 0-3, Away
11/10/91, L, 0-1, Away, CAA final
10/14/92, W, 1-0, Home
10/9/93, W, 1-0, OT, Away
11/7/93, W, 3-0, Richmond, Va. (UR), CAA final
10/15/94, W, 5-0, Home
11/11/94, T, 1-1, OT, Williamsburg, Va. (W&M), CAA semis
10/7/95, L, 0-1, Away
11/6/96, W, 4-0, Home
11/14/96, W, 5-0, Wilmington, N.C. (UNCW), CAA quarters
10/11/97, L, 0-1, 2 OT, Away
10/17/98, W, 2-0, Home
10/9/99, L, 0-1, Away
10/28/00, W, 3-0, Home
10/27/01, T, 0-0, 2 OT, Away
10/30/02, T, 1-1, 2 OT, Away
10/31/03, W, 3-2, Home
10/22/04, L, 0-1, Away
11/12/04, L, 1-3, Richmond, Va. (VCU), CAA semis
10/23/05, W, 2-1, OT, Away
10/8/06, T, 1-1, 2 OT, Home
10/14/07, L, 0-2, Away
10/22/08, L, 1-2, 2 OT, Away
10/21/09, L, 0-1, 2 OT, Home
10/27/10, W, 2-0, Away

Scouting Drexel:
  The Dragons take a 4-9-2 overall record and a 3-4-1 league record into an Oct. 26 game at Northeastern.
     In CAA play Drexel has beaten Towson (2-0), Delaware (2-1) and VCU (2-1), has tied George Mason (0-0) and has lost to William and Mary (2-0), UNCW (2-0), Georgia State (4-2) and Hofstra (1-0).
     Drexel was picked by the CAA coaches to finish ninth in the 12-team league.

The Series with DrexelJMU leads the series 6-1-2 and has won the last two meetings.

JMU vs. Drexel All-Time
JMU leads the series 6-1-2.

Home:  3-1-1
Away: 3-0-1
Neutral:  0-0-0

Date, Result, Score, Site
11/10/02, T, 1-1, 2 OT, Away
10/3/03, W, 4-0, Home
10/29/04, W, 2-1, Away
10/14/05, W, 2-0, Home
9/29/06, W, 3-0, Away
10/5/07, L, 1-2, Home
10/25/08, T, 2-2, 2 OT, Home
10/24/09, W, 1-0, Away
10/30/10, W, 2-0, Home

Seniors Recognized:  Four JMU seniors will be honored prior to kickoff of the Oct. 26 game vs. ODU.  The senior class includes Justin Epperson, Jason Gannon and Patrick Innes, all of whom have been a part of the program for the past four seasons.  Also recognized will be redshirt senior Jimmy Simpson, a JMU graduate student and former Virginia player who is completing his eligibility this season with the Dukes.

Fans, Take Note:  The Oct. 26 ODU game is Fan Appreciation Day, and the first 150 fans will receive a free pair of JMU-branded sunglasses.  In addition, all fans in attendance may enter a raffle to win an iPod Nano.
     "Kick or Treat":  All fans wearing a costume will receive free admission to the ODU match, and there will be a costume contest at halftime.  The first 100 youth in attendance will receive a free bag of candy.

Martin Gets Career Win 450:  The Oct. 19 win at William and Mary gave Dukes' head coach Tom Martin his 450th career victory.  Martin is currently the winningest active coach in NCAA Division I soccer.  He has a 35-year career record of 451-171-59.  His record in 26 JMU seasons is 332-136-49. 

Dukes at 11 Wins:  JMU's current season total of 11 wins is the most by a JMU team since the 2005 team won 12 games. 

CAA Standings:
JMU (7-1-0) and Old Dominion (7-1-0) are tied for first in the CAA Standings with 21 points apiece.
     Only six points separate the third through 10th place teams as the race for the six CAA Tournament spots enters its final 11 days of play.
     The top six teams in the final league standings qualify for the CAA 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 moved from 20th last week to 17th this week (Oct. 25) in the Soccer America Top 25 poll.  Also this week JMU moved from vote-getter to 21st in the NSCAA coaches Top 25 poll and moved from 24th into the No. 21 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 14th by Soccer America and eighth in the NSCAA poll.

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
Oct. 24/25:  17th Soccer America; 21st College Soccer News; 21st NSCAA

CAA Teams, Highest National Rank in 2011
George Mason, 18th (Soccer America Sept. 27)
JMU, 17th (Soccer America Oct. 11, Oct. 25)
Northeastern, votes (NSCAA Aug. 29)
Old Dominion, 8th (NSCAA Oct. 25)
Virginia Commonwealth, 16th (NSCAA Sept. 6)
William and Mary, 8th (NSCAA Aug. 29)

Epperson Honored:
 Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week and was selected CAA Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 23.
     Epperson made eight total saves and recorded back-to-back shutouts in JMU's 1-0 road victories at William and Mary (Oct. 19) and Georgia State (Oct. 23).  He made three stops at W&M, including a diving stab in the first half, and stopped five shots at GSU as the Panthers fell at home for the first time in nine games this season.
     Epperson leads the CAA with eight shutouts.

Daniel Simpson Recognized:  Redshirt freshman Daniel Simpson (Warrenton, Va./Kettle Run) was named one of College Soccer 360's "Primetime Performers" for the week ending Oct. 23.
     The Dukes' defender was honored for his defensive play in JMU's 1-0 win at William and Mary on Oct. 19.

Still Unbeaten at Home:  JMU takes an 8-0 home record and a three-game winning streak into its final regular-season home game, Oct. 26 vs. nationally-ranked Old Dominion.
     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.

Simpson Game-Winners:  Redshirt senior Jimmy Simpson's game-winner in the 1-0 victory at Georgia State was his third goal of the season and third game-winner of the year.  He's had the deciding goal in two of the Dukes' last three games, the other coming Oct. 15 vs. George Mason.  His other goal came in a 4-1 victory over UNC Asheville on Sept. 4.

Dukes in the National Stats:  Redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin ranks 11th nationally in assist average (0.54) in the latest NCAA National Statistics (games through Oct. 23).
     Senior Patrick Innes ranks 19th in goals average (0.71) and 23rd in points average (1.57).
     Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson is ranked 47th in goals-against average (0.908).
     As a team JMU is seventh in winning percentage (0.821), eighth in shutout percentage (0.57) and 27th in scoring offense (1.86).

JMU in the CAA Stats:  In the latest CAA Statistics (games through Oct. 24), redshirt junior Christian McLaughlin is tied second in assist average (0.54) and tied third in total assists (7).
     Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson is first in shutouts (8) and shutout average (0.57) and second in goals-against average (0.91).
     Senior Patrick Innes is third in total goals (10) and fourth in goals average (0.71).
    As a team JMU is tied first in the league in goals-against average (0.93) and is first in shutouts (8).

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 (Oct. 24/25)
School, Game Date, Site (Result), Ranking*
North Carolina, Sept. 13, away (L 1-4), 4th | 3rd | 5th
West Virginia, Sept. 28, home (W 2-0), votes | nr | nr
Old Dominion, Oct. 26, home, 8th | 14th | 8th
* NSCAA |Soccer America | College Soccer News

In the Region:
 Eight CAA members, including JMU, are ranked or receiving votes in the Oct. 25 South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA).  Ranked are Old Dominion (#2), JMU (#4), Delaware (#7), William and Mary (#8), Georgia State (#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 #6 in Northeast).

Earlier Notes
Aug. 24
Aug. 31
Sept. 7
Sept. 14
Sept. 21
Sept. 27
Oct. 4
Oct. 11
Oct. 18

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