JMU, Hofstra Advance To CAA MSOC Semifinals
Third-seeded James Madison edged #6 UNCW 4-3 in overtime and #4 Hofstra advanced past #5 George Mason 5-3 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie in the quarterfinals of the CAA Men's Soccer Championship on Monday night. The Dukes will face #2 Northeastern on Friday in a 5 p.m. semifinal match, while the Pride meets top-seeded Drexel at 7:30 p.m.
#3 James Madison 4, #6 UNCW 3 (ot)
HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 5, 2012 -- Senior Dale Robins-Bailey scored 4:20 into overtime to lift third-seeded James Madison to a 4-3 win over number six UNCW in a CAA 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 lofted a ball into the box near the right corner of the goal. UNCW freshman goalkeeper Sam Williams punched the ball away. However, JMU redshirt junior Adam Bastidas 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, 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 served a ball from near the right touchline to the right corner of the six-yard box, where freshman Colin Bonner 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. The ball rebounded off Williams, and JMU senior Paul Wyatt 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. 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 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 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 from the corner of the six-yard box set up the score.
#4 Hofstra 0, #5 George Mason 0 (2ot) (Hofstra adv. 5-3 on PK's)
Hempstead, N.Y. - Five Hofstra players scored on their penalty kick attempts while senior goalkeeper Adam Janowski made a diving save on George Mason's first PK shot as the Pride advanced past the Patriots, 0-0 (5-3) in a shootout in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship quarterfinals on Monday night at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
Fourth-seeded Hofstra moved to 11-5-3 and advanced to face top-seeded Drexel on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the CAA Championship semifinals. Second-seeded Northeastern will oppose third-seeded James Madison in the first semifinal matchup at 5 p.m. George Mason ended its season at 11-6-2.
Joseph Holland, Mike Annarumma, Maid Memic, Herbert Biste and Chris Griebsch all scored for Hofstra in the shootout. After Holland scored to the left to start penalty kick phase, Janowski gave Hofstra a huge lift when he made a diving save on Taylor Morgan's opening attempt. That proved to be the only stop by either team in the shootout, allowing Hofstra to advance.
George Mason goalkeeper Dustin Butcher made seven saves in playing all 110 minutes in regulation and double overtime. But the Patriots inserted keeper Alec Constantine for the shootout.
Griebsch, a junior, posted a game-high six shots and scored the game-ending goal as the fifth shooter in the penalty kick portion when he beat Constantine to the left side. His goal set off an on-field celebration and capped Hofstra's first penalty kick contest since the 2006 squad captured the CAA championship over George Mason on kicks, 3-2.
Like Butcher, Janowski also got credit for a clean sheet, making five saves, including three in the second half and one in double overtime. Janowski notched his five shutout of the season (and the fifth in his last eight games).
Hofstra recorded three shots in the first overtime period, including a great chance when Griebsch took Memic's pass and fired a hard shot to the top right corner. Butcher got his hand on the attempt, knocking it away in the 94th minute to keep the game tied.
The Pride will now face a Drexel squad that went 12-3-2 overall and 8-1-1 in CAA play. Hofstra lost to the Dragons, 2-1, at home in the previous meeting between the schools this season.