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Men's Soccer Weekly Notes, Aug. 28
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:08/28/2012
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Photo, above:  University Park awaits the Dukes for their first regular-season home game Friday against St. Bonaventure.

Head Coach:  Tom Martin, 27th JMU season, 334-141-50; 36th career season, 453-176-60

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

JMU Last Season (2011):
  13-5-2 overall; 8-3-0 (1st place) CAA; CAA Tournament semifinalist; NCAA Tournament Round of 16

Last Week:
JMU dropped two 1-0 games in the Hokie Invitational at Virginia Tech, losing to Richmond on Aug. 24 and to Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Aug. 26.

This Week:
JMU/Fairfield Inn by Marriott Invitational Tournament

When:  Friday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 2
     Aug. 29, Virginia Tech (Home) vs. Temple (Visitor), 5 p.m.
                   JMU vs. St. Bonaventure, 7:30 p.m.
     Sept. 2, Virginia Tech (Home) vs. St. Bonaventure (Visitor),  noon
                   JMU vs. Temple, 2:30 p.m.
Where:  University Park | University Park Fan Page
Admission:  Free
Parking:  Free
Multimedia:  Live Stats | Aug. 31, JMU vs. St. Bonaventure, Free Live Videostreaming on JMUSports.com.  Pregame begins at 2:15 p.m. Coverage is in HD and includes commentary by Curt Dudley, three camera angles, graphics, and replay. The file will also be archived for future viewing. (NOTE:  MadiZONE does require registration for the viewer.)

First Home Game at University Park:  The JMU/Fairfield Inn by Marriott Invitational Tournament marks the first regular-season game for the Dukes' men's soccer team at the new University Park.
     University Park, the new home for the JMU soccer programs for the 2012 fall season, is an 85-acre facility that includes a fully-lighted, irrigated soccer/lacrosse competition field, with a Patriot Bermuda grass surface.
     The facility, located at the corner of Port Republic Road and Neff Avenue, includes spectator seating for 1,500, a press box, a sound system and an LED scoreboard.
     Adjacent to the competition field are two fully-lighted practice fields, one with an irrigated Patriot Bermuda grass surface and the other with a synthetic surface that is an Astroturf MT product.

Scouting St. Bonaventure:  The Bonnies lost their season-opening game 3-0 at Bowling Green on Aug 25 and play at Buffalo on Aug. 28 before facing the Dukes.  St. Bonaventure, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, has been picked to finish 15th in the 16-team league. 

The Series vs. St. Bonaventure:  JMU has won all three previous meetings.

JMU vs. St. Bonaventure All-Time
JMU leads the series 3-0-0.
Home:  3-0-0
Away:  0-0-0
Neutral:  0-0-0

Date, Result, Score, Site
9/1/90, W, 3-0, Home
9/10/94, W, 10-1, Home
9/9/10, W, 5-0, Home

Scouting Temple:  The Owls open their season in the JMU/Fairfield Inn by Marriott Invitational.  Temple, in its last season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference (before moving to the Big East in 2013), has been picked to finish 11th in the 16-team league.

The Series with Temple:  The series is tied 1-1, but the teams last met 12 years ago.

JMU vs. Temple All-Time
Series is tied 1-1-0.
Home:  1-0-0
Away:  0-0-0
Neutral:  0-1-0

Date, Result, Score, Site, Postseason Info
11/19/77, L, 1-5, Neutral, ECAC Southern Div. Tournament, Annapolis, Md.
9/1/02, W, 1-0, Home

0-2 Start Rare for Dukes Under Martin:
 Coach Tom Martin is in his 27th season at JMU, and only two times previously have his teams lost their first two games of the season.  JMU's 2001 NCAA Tournament team and the 2008 team both started their seasons with 0-2 records.

Three Opponents Projected for NCAA Field:  Three JMU opponents are projected to be among the 48 teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament field, according to the website TopDrawerSoccer.com.  The weekly rankings are a running attempt to project the postseason NCAA Tournament qualifiers, including every automatic conference berth. The Week 2 rankings were released Aug. 28.
     JMU opponents on the list include:
        #1 North Carolina (Sept. 11)
        #15 Georgetown (Sept. 25)
        #26 Old Dominion (Oct. 3)

More Honors for Wyatt:  Senior midfielder/forward Paul Wyatt is among 25th athletes named to Soccer America's prestigious preseason All-America Team.  He's the first player in JMU history to be selected to the preseason team by the publication.
     Wyatt is also ranked number 14 on a list of the top 100 college underclassmen in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
     Earlier, Wyatt was named to the College Sports Madness preseason All-America Team and was selected the CAA's preseason co-Player of the Year.

Martin Is Winningest Active Coach:  Dukes' head coach Tom Martin is the winningest active coach in NCAA Division I soccer.  In his 36th career season, he has a career record of 453-176-60.  His record in 27 JMU seasons is 334-141-50. 

Virginia Tech Connection:  JMU and Virginia Tech won't play each other this season, but both teams play two early-season matches on the other team's home field.
     JMU opened its season Aug. 24 and 26 at Tech's Hokie Invitational Tournament, and this week the Hokies travel to Harrisonburg to compete in the JMU/Fairfield Inn by Marriott Invitational Tournament (Aug. 31, Sept. 2).
     Tech and JMU have some connections on the soccer field, as fourth-year Tech head coach Mike Brizendine and fourth-year Hokies assistant coach Patrick McSorley are both former Dukes' soccer players, and McSorley was associate head coach at JMU before heading to Virginia Tech in 2009.
     Brizendine (JMU '99), who played for JMU from 1995-98, also formerly coached at nearby Division III Bridgewater College (assistant coach 2000, head coach 2001-03), where he was selected Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2003.  At JMU he earned all-region and All-CAA honors as a senior, and he currently ranks tied fifth on the Dukes' career goals list (38) and eighth in points (90).  His wife, the former Lucy Draper, is a Harrisonburg High School graduate. 
     McSorley (JMU '96), who was on the Dukes' coaching staff from 2003-09, earned All-America honors for JMU as a senior in 1995.  He played on four NCAA Tournament teams, including the 1994 and 1995 NCAA quarterfinalist teams, and three CAA champion squads (1992, 93, 94). McSorley, who still holds JMU career records of 42 goals and 103 points, was inducted into the JMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.  He is married to the former Bridget Brugger, a former assistant director of sports medicine at JMU.

Home Unbeaten Streak at 11:  JMU did not lose at home last season, and the Dukes take an 11-game (10-0-1) home unbeaten streak into their Aug. 31 game vs. St. Bonaventure.
    That's the longest home unbeaten streak for the program since JMU set a school record with 14 games without a loss (13-0-1), spanning the 2003 and 2004 seasons. 
    On four occasions in school history JMU teams have gone 12 or more games without a loss.

Longest JMU Home Unbeaten Streaks
14 (13-0-1), 2003-04
13 (11-0-2), 1997-98
13 (11-0-2), 1988-89
12 (11-0-1), 1972-74
11 (10-0-1), 2011
11 (9-0-2), 1988
10 (9-0-1), 1989-90
9 (7-0-2), 2006

JMU Week by Week in the National Polls
Highest rank of season in bold
Preseason:  nr Soccer America | votes College Soccer News | #19 NSCAA poll
Aug. 27:  nr Soccer America | nr College Soccer News | votes NSCAA poll

CAA Teams, Highest National Rank in 2012
Delaware, votes (College Soccer News preseason)
Georgia State, votes (NSCAA Aug. 28)
Old Dominion, 11th (Soccer America Aug. 27)

National Rankings
Five JMU opponents (North Carolina, Old Dominion, Georgetown, SIU Edwardsville, Georgia State) are ranked or are receiving votes in the latest national polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, College Soccer News). 

JMU Opponents in the National Polls (Aug. 27/28)
School, Game Date, Site (Result), Ranking*
SIU Edwardsville, Aug. 26, neutral (L 0-1), votes | nr| nr
North Carolina, Sept. 11, home, 1 | 6 | 1
Georgetown, Sept. 25, home, 21| nr | 27
Old Dominion, Oct. 3, away, 19 | 11| 13
Georgia State, Oct. 28, home, votes | nr| nr
* NSCAA | Soccer America | College Soccer News

In the Region:
 Three CAA members are ranked or receiving votes in the Aug. 28 South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA).  Ranked are Old Dominion (#3), Georgia State (#8) and Hofstra (#10).
     Other JMU opponents ranked in region polls include North Carolina (#1 in South), Georgetown (#2 in Northeast), Loyola (#3 in North Atlantic), Virginia Commonwealth (tied #4 in Mid-Atlantic) and Richmond (#9 in Mid-Atlantic).

Earlier Notes
Aug. 22


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