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JMU Men Weekly Notes, Sept. 5

Article Written by JMU Athletics Communications
Published: September 5, 2012

Head Coach:  Tom Martin, 27th JMU season, 335-141-51; 36th career season, 454-176-61

This Season:  1-2-1 overall, 0-0-0 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

Last Week:
In the JMU/Fairfield Inn by Marriott Invitational the Dukes beat St. Bonaventure 6-1 on Aug. 31 before tying Temple 0-0 in double overtime on Sept. 2.

Upcoming Games:
Who:  North Carolina
When:  Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
Where:  University Park, Harrisonburg, Va. | University Park Fan Page
Admission:  Free
Parking:  Free
Multimedia:  Live Stats | Free Live Videostreaming on JMUSports.com.  Pregame begins at 6:45 p.m. Coverage is in HD and includes commentary by Curt Dudley, three camera angles, graphics, and replay. The file will also be archived for future viewing. (NOTE:  MadiZONE does require registration for the viewer.)

Scouting North Carolina:  The defending NCAA champion Tar Heels are ranked number one in two (NSCAA/College Soccer News) national polls.  UNC, which takes a 3-0 record into a Sept. 8 home game vs. Virginia Tech, has posted shutout wins over Gardner-Webb (4-0) and West Virginia (1-0) and has recorded a 2-1 victory over Boston University.
     The Tar Heels were picked by league coaches to finish a close second behind Maryland in the nine-team Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Series vs. North Carolina:  The series is tied 2-2-0, but the teams have only met once since 1994, when all of the current Dukes were preschoolers.
      UNC won last year' s meeting 4-1 and went on to claim the 2011 NCAA title.
      The 1994 meeting came in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, played at UNC.  JMU shut out UNC 3-0, then beat Duke 2-1 in a home second-round game before losing 4-1 at Virginia in the quarterfinals.

JMU vs. North Carolina All-Time
The series is tied 2-2-0.
Home:  0-0-0
Away:   1-2-0
Neutral:  1-0-0

Date, Result, Score, Site
9/5/92, W, 2-1, Neutral+
10/31/93, L, 0-3, Away
11/20/94, W, 3-0, Away#
9/13/11, L, 1-4, Away
+ Wake Forest Tournament
# NCAA Tournament

Grant Honored by CAA:  Sophomore Josh Grant was named CAA Rookie of the Week for the week ending Sept. 2.
     The Dukes' forward scored two goals on only three shots in JMU's 6-1 Aug. 31 home win over St. Bonaventure.
     (NOTE:  Grant has sophomore eligibility but is in his first season of collegiate competition.)

First-Year Players Score Four:  Four of JMU's six goals in the 6-1 Aug. 31 win over St. Bonaventure were scored by first-year players.   Sophomore Josh Grant scored twice, and freshmen Tom Fouhy and Bjarki Aðalsteinsson each had a goal and an assist.

Wyatt Now in Top 20 on Goals List:  Senior Paul Wyatt, who scored two goals Aug. 31 vs. St. Bonaventure, now has 21 career goals.  He's in 18th place on JMU's all-time goals list.  Just ahead of Wyatt on the career list is Sami Ojala (1998-00) with 22 goals and Chris Simon (1986-89) with 23.

Four Opponents Projected for NCAA Field:  Four JMU 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 3 rankings were released Sept. 3.
     JMU opponents on the list include:
        #1 North Carolina (Sept. 11)
        #14 Georgetown (Sept. 25)
        #23 Old Dominion (Oct. 3)
        #43 SIU Edwardsville (Aug. 26) (L 0-1)

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 454-176-61.  His record in 27 JMU seasons is 335-141-51. 

Home Unbeaten Streak at 13:  JMU did not lose at home last season, and the Dukes have a win and a tie in home matches in 2012.  JMU takes a 13-game (11-0-2) home unbeaten streak into its Sept. 11 game vs. defending NCAA champion North Carolina.
    That's the longest home unbeaten streak for the program since JMU set a school record with 14 games without a loss (13-0-1), spanning the 2003 and 2004 seasons. 

Longest JMU Home Unbeaten Streaks
14 (13-0-1), 2003-04
13 (11-0-2), 2011-12
13 (11-0-2), 1997-98
13 (11-0-2), 1988-89
12 (11-0-1), 1972-74
11 (9-0-2), 1988
10 (9-0-1), 1989-90
9 (7-0-2), 2006

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
Sept. 4:  nr Soccer America | nr College Soccer News | nr NSCAA

CAA Teams, Highest National Rank in 2012
Delaware, votes (College Soccer News preseason)
Georgia State, votes (NSCAA Aug. 28)
Northeastern, votes (NSCAA Sept. 4)
Old Dominion, 6th (Soccer America Sept. 3)

National RankingsFive JMU opponents (North Carolina, Old Dominion, Georgetown, SIU Edwardsville, Northeastern) are ranked or are receiving votes in the latest national polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, College Soccer News). 

JMU Opponents in the National Polls (Sept. 3/4)
School, Game Date, Site (Result), Ranking*
SIU Edwardsville, Aug. 26, neutral (L 0-1), votes | nr| nr
North Carolina, Sept. 11, home, 1 | 3 | 1
Georgetown, Sept. 25, home, 13 | 17 | 16
Old Dominion, Oct. 3, away, 15 | 6| 11
Northeastern, Oct. 6, away, votes | nr| nr
* NSCAA | Soccer America | College Soccer News

In the Region:
 Six CAA members are ranked or receiving votes in the Sept. 4 South Atlantic Region Top 10 (NSCAA).  Ranked are Old Dominion (#2), Northeastern (#4), George Mason (#7), Hofstra (#8), Georgia State (votes) and William and Mary (votes).
     Other JMU opponents ranked in region polls include North Carolina (#1 in South), Georgetown (#2 in Northeast), Loyola (tied #10 in North Atlantic) and Virginia Commonwealth (#4 in Mid-Atlantic).

Earlier Notes
Aug. 22
Aug. 28

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