HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 22, 2013 – Redshirt junior Daniel Simpson (Warrenton, Va./Kettle Run) scored his first career goal and redshirt senior goalie Colin Newcity (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) posted a shutout in first start of the season as the James Madison men’s soccer team beat visiting Belmont 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Simpson’s game-winning goal came in the 52nd minute. Senior Adam Bastidas (Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) took a corner kick, and Simpson finished with a header. The assist was the eighth of Bastidas’s career, making him JMU’s leader in that category among active players.
Junior Josh Grant (Plymouth, England/Torpoint College) tacked on a late goal to put the Dukes up 2-0. From inside the box, junior Boyd Reid (Ajax, Ontario/Pickering) delivered a short pass to the right and Grant finished to the right corner for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Newcity made one save for his fifth career shutout. Three goalies have combined for the Dukes’ three shutouts this season.
Belmont held an 8-3 advantage in shots at the end of the first half, but JMU had the only two shots on goal. The Dukes took control in the second half with a 7-2 edge in shots, including the two goals.
The Bruins nearly took the lead in the first half. They had consecutive shots bounce off the right and left posts, respectively, in the 18th minute.
With JMU holding a 1-0 lead in the second half, Belmont’s chances of a comeback became more difficult when a player received a red card that forced the Bruins to play a man down for the final 32 minutes of the game.
The Dukes improved to 5-7-1 with the non-conference win, while the Bruins dropped to 4-8-2.
JMU gets back to conference play with a home game against Drexel on Saturday night. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at University Park, where the Dukes hold a 5-4-1 record this season.