WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Nov. 6, 2013 – James Madison closed out its season with a 1-0 loss at William & Mary in a Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer game Wednesday night.
The Dukes finished 6-10-1 overall and 1-6-0 in the conference. Nine of their 10 losses came by just one goal, including overtime defeats to Georgetown and Furman, both of which have been recognized nationally throughout the season.
The Tribe’s Roshan Patel handed JMU its latest tough loss, scoring the game-winner in the 54th minute. Patel’s second goal of the season came on a left-footed free kick from 20 yards out, beating the Dukes’ senior goal Colin Newcity (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) to the lower right corner.
Other than that goal, Newcity had a solid game to wrap up his career. He stopped six shots, including one that denied William & Mary’s Chris Perez in a one-on-one opportunity late in the game.
Newcity, a hometown product from local Harrisonburg High School, started 16 games over the past two seasons and posted five shutouts.
Mac Phillips picked up the win in goal for the Tribe (9-4-2, 4-2-0 CAA). The Dukes really put the pressure on the Tribe defense late in the game, firing four shots in the final three minutes. During the final attack, sophomore Tom Fouhy (Buckinghamshire, England/Dr. Challoner’s) had a header hit the post, and junior Josh Grant (Plymouth, England/Torpoint College) had a header saved by Phillips.
Wednesday’s game marked the 49th meeting between the longtime rivals. JMU holds a 22-19-8 lead in the all-time series.
William & Mary received votes in the latest NSCAA national poll and was ranked third in the South Atlantic Region. The Tribe is one of seven Dukes’ opponents this season that are currently recognized nationally and/or regionally by the NSCAA.
In other CAA action Wednesday night, Drexel clinched the regular season title with a 2-1 win over College of Charleston. The Dukes dealt the Dragons their only conference loss of the season with a 2-1 win at University Park on Oct. 26.
JMU will not compete in the conference tournament this season, a rare occurrence for the storied program. The Dukes have qualified for 18 of the past 23 CAA Championships.