Men's Soccer Weekly Notes, Oct. 30
Head Coach: Tom Martin, 27th JMU season, 342-144-53; 36th career season, 461-179-63
This Season: 8-5-3 overall, 5-1-2 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
The Dukes continued their unbeaten streak with a 1-0 home win over William and Mary on Oct. 24 and a 2-1 overtime home victory over Georgia State on Oct. 28.
JMU at Drexel
When: Friday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. (note change in game date)
Where: Vidas Field, 4300 Powelton Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. | Directions
Tickets: Free admission
Multimedia: Live Stats | Free Live Videostreaming
Scouting Drexel: Record: 11-3-2, 7-1-1 CAA
CAA Wins: at home over ODU (4-1), UNCW (2-0), on the road at William and Mary (3-0), George Mason (1-0 OT), Towson (1-0), Georgia State (1-0) and Hofstra (2-1)
CAA Losses: at home to Towson (2-3)
CAA Ties: at home vs. Delaware (1-1, 0 OT)
Preseason Conference Coaches Poll: Picked 10th
Of Note: The Dragons started CAA play with a 4-1 upset of preseason league favorite and nationally-ranked Old Dominion. Drexel's only league loss was to Northeastern, when the Huskies scored the game-winner with just 28 seconds left in regulation.
The Series with Drexel: JMU leads the series 6-2-2 but dropped last year's meeting 2-0 at Drexel. The game was delayed three days due to a snowstorm, and the JMU team made a second trip to Philadelphia to play the match.
JMU vs. Drexel All-Time
JMU leads the series 6-2-2.Home:
0-0-0Date, Result, Score, Site
, 2 OT, Away
, 2 OT, Home
11/1/11, L, 0-2
CAA Tournament Ahead: Entering the final round of league games on Nov. 2, JMU remains in third place in the CAA standings with 20 points. The Dukes' next opponent, Drexel, holds first place with 22 points, and Northeastern is second with 21 points.
The top six teams in the final CAA standings qualify for the CAA Tournament. (Old Dominion, currently in fifth place, is not eligible for the tournament.) The number one and two seeds receive first-round byes, while the number three and four seeds host the number six and five seeds, respectively, in first-round games on Nov. 5. The CAA semifinals and final are scheduled for Nov. 9 and 11 (note date changes) and will be hosted by the number one seed.
Drexel, Northeastern, JMU, Hofstra (15 points), George Mason (13 points) and North Carolina Wilmington (12 points) will make up the six-team CAA Tournament field, but the tournament seedings are still up in the air.
Drexel can clinch the top seed with a win over JMU on Nov. 2. Northeastern would then be seeded second and JMU third.
JMU has a chance to finish first, but the Dukes must win at Drexel and Northeastern must tie or lose its Nov. 2 game at ODU.
Should the JMU-Drexel game end in a tie, Northeastern can claim the top seed with a win at ODU. Drexel would then be seeded two and JMU three.
Ties in both the JMU-Drexel and Northeastern-ODU games would give Drexel the number one seed, followed by Northeastern at number two and JMU at number three.
Should JMU beat Drexel and Northeastern win at ODU, Northeastern would be seeded number one and JMU number two.
Team... CAA Record... Points... Nov. 2 Game
xDrexel...7-1-1...22... home vs. JMU
xNortheastern... 6-0-3... 21... at ODU
xJMU... 6-1-2... 20... at Drexel
xHofstra... 5-4-0... 15... home vs. W&M
*ODU... 4-3-2... 14... home vs. Northeastern
xGeorge Mason... 4-4-1... 13... at Georgia State
xUNCW... 4-5-0... 12... at Delaware
William and Mary... 2-5-2... 8... at Hofstra
Towson... 2-6-2... 8... idle
Delaware... 1-5-3... 6... home vs. UNCW
*Georgia State... 1-8-0... 3... home vs. George Mason
x=clinched playoff spot
*=not eligible for CAA TournamentUndefeated Streak at Five Games: JMU is unbeaten (4-0-1) in its last five games. The Dukes' last loss was at Northeastern on Oct. 6 (1-0).
Nailbiters and Overtime: Ten of JMU's 16 games have been decided by a single goal, including four of the last five matches. JMU has a 6-4 record in one-goal games and is 4-0 in its last four one-goal decisions.
JMU is undefeated (2-0-3) in overtime contests. Three of the team's last seven games went to overtime.
Wyatt Moves Up on Career Goals, Points Lists: Senior Paul Wyatt had a goal and an assist in the Dukes' 2-1 home overtime win over Georgia State on Oct. 28. He moved into tied for 15th place on JMU's career goals list with 26 and is just one goal away from 13th place. Tom Hochkeppel (1975-78) and Ivan Sampson (1989-92) currently share 13th place with 27 goals.
Wyatt moved to 19th place on the career points list with 62. He's three points away from 18th, held by Sipi Savolainen (1993-96) with 65.
Grant Nets Fourth Game-Winner: Sophomore Josh Grant's overtime score in the Dukes' 2-1 win over Georgia State on Oct. 28 was his team-leading fourth game-winner of the year.
All four of Grant's game-winning scores have come in CAA competition: Sept. 15 vs. Hofstra (2-1), Sept. 29 vs. Towson (4-0), Oct. 20 at George Mason (2-1) and Oct. 28 vs. Georgia State (2-1 OT).
He is the only JMU player with multiple game-winning goals. Grant ranks second on the team with six goals this season.
Grant is CAA Rookie of the Week: Josh Grant was named the CAA Rookie of the Week for the week ending Oct. 28.
The Dukes' forward scored the game-winning goal in overtime as JMU beat Georgia State 2-1 on Oct. 28 at University Park.
Grant won the CAA honor for the second time. He was also named Rookie of the Week for the week ending Sept. 2.
Sapong Game-Winner Lifts Sporting KC to First in Eastern Conference: Sporting Kansas City needed only one point in their regular-season finale to finish atop the Eastern Conference for a second straight year. They went ahead and took all three, thanks to former JMU player CJ Sapong (JMU 2007-10).
Sporting locked up home-field advantage through the conference playoffs with an Oct. 24 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union, with goals from Jacob Peterson in the first half and Sapong just eight minutes from time.
Kei Kamara assisted on both goals, giving him a career-high eight on the season, and Sapong had the second assist on Peterson's score.
Sporting (18-7-9) extended their season-long unbeaten streak to 12 matches and now sit six points clear of second-place D.C. United, who have just one match left to play.
Sapong was named one of the "Men of the Match".
Six Opponents Projected for NCAA Field: Six of the Dukes' 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 11 rankings were released Oct. 29.
The list includes:
#3 North Carolina (Sept. 11 (W 1-0)
#7 Georgetown (Sept. 25) (L 0-1)
#20 Old Dominion (Oct. 3) (T 0-0, 2 OT)
#33 Northeastern (Oct. 20) (L 0-1)
#39 SIU Edwardsville (Aug. 26) (L 0-1)
#41 Drexel (Oct. 31)
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 461-179-63. His record in 27 JMU seasons is 342-144-53.
JMU Week by Week in the National Polls
Highest rank of season in bold
Preseason: nr Soccer America | votes College Soccer News | #19 NSCAA
Aug. 27: nr Soccer America | nr College Soccer News | votes NSCAA
CAA Teams, Highest National Rank in 2012
Delaware, votes (College Soccer News preseason)
George Mason, 20th (NSCAA Sept. 18)
Georgia State, votes (NSCAA Aug. 28)
JMU, votes (NSCAA Sept. 18)
Northeastern, 25th (NSCAA Oct. 29)
Old Dominion, 4th (Soccer America Sept. 18)
National Rankings: Six JMU opponents (North Carolina, Old Dominion, Georgetown, SIU Edwardsville, Northeastern, Loyola) are ranked or are receiving votes in the latest national polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, College Soccer News).
JMU Opponents in the National Polls (Oct. 29/30)
School, Game Date, Site (Result), Ranking*
SIU Edwardsville, Aug. 26, neutral (L 0-1), nr | nr | votes
North Carolina, Sept. 11, home (W 1-0), 3 | 3 | 3
Loyola, Sept. 22, away (L 2-4), nr | nr | votes
Georgetown, Sept. 25, home (L 0-1), 4 | 6 | 8
Old Dominion, Oct. 3, away (T 0-0, 2 OT), 24 | nr | 20
Northeastern, Oct. 6, away (L 0-1), 25 | nr | 26
* NSCAA | Soccer America | College Soccer News
In the Region: Six CAA members, including JMU, are ranked or receiving votes in the Oct. 29 South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA). Ranked are Northeastern (#3), Old Dominion (#5), Drexel (#6), Hofstra (#8), George Mason (10) and JMU (votes).
Other JMU opponents ranked in region polls include North Carolina (#1 in South), Georgetown (#1 in Northeast) and Loyola (#2 in North Atlantic).