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JMU Men Beat Florida Atlantic 1-0 in Season Opener

Published: September 2, 2011

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."

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