HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 2, 2011 — James Madison junior Dale Robins-Bailey (Bollington, England/Tytherington) scored his first career goal to lift the Dukes (1-0-0) to a 1-0 win over Florida Atlantic (1-1-1) in Friday's opening round of the JMU/Fairfield Inn by Marriott Men's Soccer Tournament.
In the day's first game, St. Bonaventure (1-2-0) edged North Carolina Asheville (0-1-1) 1-0.
The Dukes' Robins-Bailey headed a corner kick from redshirt sophomore Adam Bastidas (Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) into the goal in the 63rd minute.
St. Bonaventure scored the deciding goal vs. UNCA in the 24th minute. Sophomore Brad Vanino (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) sent a ball into the box from the left side of the field that deflected off a defender to sophomore Daniel Iannacito (Richmond Hill, Ontario/St. Theresa of Liseux). Iannacito knocked a 10-yard shot from the middle of the box into the net.
After having a preseason scrimmage against Maryland-Baltimore County and their Aug. 27 season-opener vs. Richmond cancelled due to weather, the Dukes finally were able to play their first game of the 2011 season.
"It was a good win for us, a very good win," said JMU Head Coach Tom Martin. "They’re a very good team, and it seems like it's been almost half a season since we played a game.
"We came out with high energy and a lot of enthusiasm. We had a very good first half, unfortunate not to score. Second half was a little bit different; we came out a little bit on our heels. Then we got our rhythm back and scored a nice goal on a set piece."
"It was great movement from everyone, everyone crashed the front post," said Robins-Bailey of his game-winner. "It was pretty lucky that I got to it really, it could have been anyone."