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JMU Men Edge UNCW 4-3 in CAA First Round

Article Written by JMU Athletics Communications
Published: November 6, 2012

HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 5, 2012 -- Senior Dale Robins-Bailey (Bollington, England/Tytherington) scored 4:20 into overtime to lift third-seeded James Madison to a 4-3 win over number six North Carolina Wilmington in a Colonial Athletic Association men's soccer first-round game Monday night at University Park.

The Dukes, who improved their record to 9-6-3, move on to a Nov. 9 semifinal against second-seeded Northeastern.  That game will be played at Drexel's Vidas Field in Philadelphia at 5 p.m.  Top-seeded Drexel will face number four seed Hofstra in the other semifinal on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

UNCW ended its season with a 7-11-1 record.

On the game-winning play, JMU redshirt senior Christian McLaughlin (Herndon, Va./Herndon) lofted a ball into the box near the right corner of the goal.  UNCW freshman goalkeeper Sam Williams (Clinton, N.C./Fayetteville Academy) punched the ball away.  However, JMU redshirt junior Adam Bastidas (Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) controlled the ball on the endline a few yards from the goal and sent the ball into the middle of the box to Robins-Bailey, who knocked the ball into the net on a shot from six yards out.

JMU rallied from an early one-goal deficit to take a 3-1 lead less than five minutes into the second half.  But UNCW got two second-half goals from sophomore David Sizemore (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina), with Sizemore's second score tying the game with just 4:49 left in regulation.

UNCW took an early advantage as the Seahawks scored on their first shot of the match at the 6:10 mark.  Freshman Nathaniel Goodwin (Huntersville, N.C./Hough) served a ball from near the right touchline to the right corner of the six-yard box, where freshman Colin Bonner (Fulton, Md./Reservoir) headed the ball into the far corner of the goal.

The Dukes tied the game in the 23rd minute.  Williams stopped a shot from just outside the six by redshirt sophomore Tim Whitebread (McLean, Va./McLean).  The ball rebounded off Williams, and JMU senior Paul Wyatt (Modbury, England/Ivybridge) knocked the ball into the net from 15 yards.

JMU took a 2-1 lead in the 32nd minute on a header by sophomore Josh Grant (Plymouth, England/Torpoint College).  Wyatt started the play with a cross from the middle of the field to the left corner.  Fouhy lofted the ball into the box to Grant for the header from eight yards.

Wyatt scored again in the 50th minute, this time taking a pass from redshirt sophomore Jamal Umar (Herndon, Va./Chantilly) and rifling a shot from 20 yards into the goal to push the JMU lead to 3-1.

UNCW closed the gap to 3-2 with a Sizemore goal in the 57th minute.  He controlled a long pass from Bonner from the middle of the field and one-touched the ball into the goal from six yards out.

Sizemore's equalizer came on a shot from 15 yards.  A back pass from sophomore Jamie Dell (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) from the corner of the six-yard box set up the score.

Game Statistics Summary:
Shots:  JMU 30, UNCW 10
Saves:  JMU, Kyle Morton 3 (94:20); UNCW, Sam Williams 11 (94:20)
Corner kicks:  JMU 11, UNCW 8
UNCW - Colin Bonner (Nathaniel Goodwin), 6:10
JMU - Paul Wyatt (Tim Whitebread), 22:52
JMU - Josh Grant (Tom Fouhy, Wyatt), 31:11
JMU - Wyatt (Jamal Umar), 49:12
UNCW - David Sizemore (Bonner), 56:37
UNCW - Sizemore (Jamie Dell), 85:11
JMU - Dale Robins-Bailey (Adam Bastidas), 94:20

JMU Associate Head Coach Tom Foley:
"We gave up a a great goal by UNC Wilmington, and our guys could have folded at that point.  But they continued to create opportunities for themselves, scored two goals in the first half, and kept fighting.  

(In the second half we) were able to score the third goal, and the game was comfortable for a while  I'll give UNC Wilminton a tremendous amount of credit.  They didn't quit, they kept fighting,  a good comeback by them to score two goals to tie the game."

"Our guys showed a lot of character, coming out of overtime.  We were able to finish one of those (overtime) shots and win the match."

Of Note:

* Career Lists:  With two goals and an assist, Paul Wyatt increased his career totals to 28 goals and 67 points.  He moved from tied for 15th place on JMU's career goals list to tied for 12th place.  He moved from 19th place on the career points list to tied for 17th.
* Winning at Home:  JMU has an 18-1-4 record at home the last two seasons.  The Dukes have a 7-1-2 home record this year.
* Close Games:  Eleven of JMU's 18 games have been decided by a single goal.  JMU has a 7-4 record in one-goal games and is 5-0 in its last five one-goal decisions. 
* Overtime:  JMU is undefeated (3-0-3) in overtime contests.

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