HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 27, 2013 – For the second time this season the James Madison men’s soccer team played even with a team in the national polls, but fell just short again in a 1-0 loss to visiting Furman on Friday night at University Park.
Tyler Peoples scored the game-winner with 5:35 remaining in double overtime as the Paladins, ranked 17th in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer and fifth in the NSCAA South Region poll, improved to 7-1-0 with their sixth straight win.
Making his first career start, junior goalie Bill Groben (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale) helped lead a JMU defensive effort that held the potent Furman offensive attack scoreless through regulation and one overtime period. The Paladins scored 16 goals in their previous five games.
Following a cross by senior Adam Bastidas (Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua), the Dukes appeared to take a 1-0 lead on a header midway through the second half, but the play was whistled dead on an offsides call. The Paladins went on to post their sixth consecutive shutout with goalie Sven Lissek making one save.
The Dukes, already shorthanded with multiple starters out before the game, were forced to play most of the second half and overtime periods minus two more starters due to injuries.
JMU dropped to 3-3-1 on the year, with six of the seven games played at University Park. The Dukes will continue their home heavy schedule on Wednesday with a non-conference game against Loyola (Md.). The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast free of charge by Madizone HD Sportsnet presented by the JMU Alumni Association.